With IFA Berlin just weeks away I came across some of the items that Gear4 will be exhibiting at the consumer electronics event, including a brand new AirPlay speaker dock in the AirZone Series 3 and an updated AirZone Series 1S.
As one of the biggest consumer electronics shows around, IFA Berlin has in recent years given us some early looks at a range of AirPlay systems, from the Philips Fidelio range to last years Loewe Air Speaker. This year we are sure to see more AirPlay speakers and other iPod speaker docks, as well as a range of other Apple accessories (there were lots of them on the listings!), including from Gear4.
It was the Gear4 AirZone Series 3 that caught my eye first. Having recently reviewed the AirZone Series 1 it is great to see that Gear4 is embracing AirPlay in further systems. There is not a lot of information available as of yet about the new system, but it has a new updated design that includes a silver-metal brushed finish, an improved LCD display, a revised volume control panel, and an enhanced acoustic sound line-in port.
Some of the same enhancement have also been brought to the AirZone Series 1S, an updated version of the original AirZone AirPlay speaker. Final specifications for both systems are yet to be confirmed, but I will be back with more information on both systems when available.