iHome To Ship AirPlay Speaker

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Rahway, N.J. -- The


division of SDI Technologies plans Sept. 26 retail availability of its first AirPlay-equipped tabletop speaker, the $299-suggested AC/DC iW1.

Retailers offering the device that day will include the online stores of Apple Store, Best Buy and Crutchfield as well as iHome.com. The device will also be available in brick-and-mortar stores.

iHome iW1

With AirPlay, the one-piece amplified speaker system uses Wi-Fi 802.11b/g to wirelessly stream music from a PC's iTunes application, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. From a PC, music can be streamed to multiple AirPlay-equipped speakers at a time throughout the house.

The product had originally been scheduled for release early in the year.

The speaker features 100-240-volt AC operation, internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery, integrated handle in back, Bongiovi Acoustics DPS signal processing with Class-D amplifier, four speakers, and backlit capacitive-touch control panel.

Its iPod/iPhone-compatible USB port also streams music directly from a connected iPod or iPhone and charges the devices. The USB port also connects to an iPad to stream iPad music but not charge the tablet.

An analog aux in is available to connect other audio devices.

Playback of PC music can be controlled from a portable Apple device loaded with a free Apple remote-control app, which will also display the metadata and album art of PC-stored songs. Also from the portable Apple portable, users would be able to view the album art and song metadata of the PC-stored music.

The speaker's display doesn't album art and metadata, as a spokesman previously said.

From the speaker's touchpanel controls and from an included IR remote, users can control the play/pause, next track, and previous track functions of a PC's iTunes application and Apple portable devices.


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