Announcement of new Apple AirPlay speakers are always good news, and it is nice to see that manufacturers are embracing the opportunities around AirPlay, such as with the AQ SmartSpeaker which is now available with streaming outside of your home network for not only AirPlay, but also Android and Windows 7 devices.
Although not a household Apple accessory brand, AQ Audio is a reputed audio manufacturer in the UK, and with their AQ SmartSpeaker they could well become popular amongst the millions of iPad/iPhone owners out there. Whilst most AirPlay speakers and sound systems launched so far has been targeting the higher end of the market with prices starting at £400+, AQ Audio is going more affordable with a system that cost less than £200.
The AQ SmartSpeaker Wireless + Portable is actually completely wireless as it is also a portable system with a rechargeable battery built in with listed +10 hours of playback time between charges. Support for multi-room is also built-in, allowing you to pair as many of the AQ SmartSpeakers together as you like for a full room audio experience. When you have two speakers in the same room you can also easily change them to left and right mode for a better stereo experience.
Each AQ Smart speaker has two drivers built in that combined delivers up to 25W (2 x 13W RMS) of power output with a signal-to-noise-ratio of 90 dB. As well as Apple AirPlay streaming over wifi, with the latest update it brings AQ Direct, which allows you to stream wireless over AirPlay outside of your home network. They have also added Android support through their AQ Play app, as well as supporting the Windows 7 PlayTo tehcnology. For those that want longer playtime they also support AUX input, allowing you to connect non-AirPlay compatible audio devices. Playback over AUX connection also improves battery playback to 30-hours.
AQ SmartSpeaker features
- Supporting all iOS devices that are AirPlay compatible
- AQ Direct for AirPlay streaming outside your home network.
- Support for Android devices through AQ Play app.
- Windows Play To support built in.
- 24Watt Power Output (RMS)
- High Powered and ultra efficient Patented Digital Amplifier
- Super long lasting Rechargeable built in Battery
- ALL ROOM technology, enabling sound wave dispersion to fill every bit of the room
- Works with All Apple® AirPlay® devices, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes
- Easy to set up – WiFi certified
- Two channel separated drivers in each Smart Speaker
- 30 hours Play time in ‘Holiday Mode’ / 10 hours play time with AirPlay
- Fully compatible with Apple® REMOTE APP
- Multi room audio support
- With two speakers in the same room change to left and right mode for perfect stereo sound
- Transmit internet radio via AirPlay® enabling 20,000 stations around the world
- Listen to YouTube and watch films via AirPlay®
- Auto power down for battery saving.
- Speaker Dimensions (H x W x D):245 x 135 x 109mm
[source: AQ Audio]