microsysiHome Expands AirPlay, Taps Android



iHome is expanding its selection of Air- Play-enabled tabletop speaker to four models, from one, with the launch of the iW2, iW3 and iW4.

The company is also showing its first two tabletop speakers that charge an Android smartphone and play its music through an analog auxiliary input.

In AirPlay speakers, the company plans first-quarter shipments of the iW2 at a tentative suggested $199. It features embedded Wi-Fi to stream music from an iTunes-equipped PC or from Apple’s iOS mobile devices. It also features back-panel USB port to charge iPhones, iPod and iPads and stream their music via USB cable. It comes with two active and two passive drivers, Bongiovi Digital Power Station technology to improve the sound of compressed music, Ethernet port, adjustable EQ, remote to control the menus of the USB-connected Apple mobile devices, aux in, and free iHome Internet-radio and alarmclock apps. It measures 5.83 inches by 10.52 inches by 3.03 inches.

The small, vertically oriented iW3 AirPlay speaker, due in September at a tentative suggested $229, is an AC/ DC model with internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It also features back-panel USB to play music from a cable-connected iPod, iPhone or iPad but charges only the iPhone and iPod when it’s plugged into an AC outlet. It has two active and two passive speakers, Bongiovi DPS, embedded Wi-Fi, Ethernet, aux in and a remote. It measures 8.9 inches by 4.61 inches by 4.61 inches.

The iW4 is a bedside AirPlay-enabled speaker due in late 2012 at a tentative suggested $299. It features an FM tuner, dual alarms, battery backup, Ethernet and Wi-Fi, aux in and a USB port for updates.

In Android-charging speakers, the company is launching the iC50FM alarm clock, which docks with and charges Android phones via a sliding MicroUSB connector that slides left and right to ensure the docked phone is always centered. The phone’s music plays through the speaker’s aux input. Users wake to the radio or a tone. A free app is available for additional wake and sleep options. It ships in the second quarter at $49.

The iC16 portable AC/DC alarm clock stereo speaker charges Android and other smartphones through its USB charging port and plays back the smartphone’s music via an aux input. It ships in the first quarter at $49.

Another new product, the iD99 docking clock radio, lacks AirPlay but features dual docks to charge an iPod and an iPad simultaneously. It features FM radio, dual alarms and aux in. It will retail for a tentative suggested $129. Ship date wasn’t announced.


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