iHome iW2 – a budget AirPlay speaker

iHome iW2 budget AirPlay speaker

When the first AirPlay speakers came onto the market they were all at the higher end of the market (£300+), but since then more and more budget friendly AirPlay speakers have found their way to the UK market, including the iHome iW2.

iHome iW2 budget AirPlay speakerWhile the big brother iHome iW1 was amongst the earlier systems to come onto the market, the iW2 is part of several new AirPlay enabled speakers from iHome that are on their way to the market. There are a lot of similarities between the iW1 and the iW2 in terms of design. In fact, it does look like the little brother as size is the main difference. The base is still in metal finish, while the majority of the body is black mesh. On the black plastic top you will find the controls for the system, including volume buttons.

At the back of the system there are ports for ethernet connections, USB for connecting your iOS device, a 3.5mm audio jack, and control for network set up. The iW2 has a built in webserver, so it can create its own Wi-Fi network for you to stream audio over AirPlay from your iOS device.

Inside the iHome iW2 there are dual 2.5-inch drivers and audio performance is supported by SRS WOW HD which is said to improve the playback quality. I will update with more detailed audio performance once had a chance to review the AirPlay speaker.

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