It has been a while since we first heard about the Teac NS-X1 Airplay speaker dock, but like many other Airplay speakers it has taken some time before it finally arrived, but now it is here and available to buy through leading retailers.
The Teac NS-X1 is a slimline speaker dock with built in AirPlay streaming technology and internet radio. Its main appeal is the slim features and low price point in the Airplay market at below £200. Teac has had some good success with their Aurb speaker docks, receiving good ratings, so the question is of course if they NS-X1 can live up to that legacy.
Design wise the Teac NS-X1 is all about being slim. It is 55mm at its thickets and weighs in at a mere 2.1kg. They have gone for what seems like a slightly retro look, and compared to the first images i saw of the unit a few months back, it does not look quite as high-end home speaker dock as i first thought. Unlike quite a few AirPlay competitors in this price class, Teac has included a physical docking station with the NS-X1, situated at the top center of the iPod speaker dock, supporting docking of iPod and iPhone models, but from the looks of the docking station itself there is no iPad support.
Inside the Teac NS-X1 you will find 2 x 10W speakers, so not the most powerful of set ups when compared to the higher priced AirPlay speakers, and perhaps a reason to also consider other streaming solutions, including bluetooth speakers. Teac has included bass reflex technology to boost the bass performance of the unit. I have not had a chance to test the system myself yet, but according to Trustedreviews, the Teac NS-x1 falls a bit short when it comes to audio performance when compared to price point.
The Teac NS-X1 Airplay speaker dock is available from amongst other the following UK retailers.