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Griffin releases Twenty digital audio amplifier
By Phil Dzikiy | 11.13.12

Griffin has launched Twenty ($100), a digital audio amplifier that uses AirPlay to connect the AirPort Express — or any digital audio source — to speakers. First seen at this year’s CES, Twenty basically turns any set of speakers into an amplified AirPlay wireless system.

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Featuring 2.1 channel sound, Twenty provides connections for left and right channel speakers along with an RCA connector for a powered subwoofer. Although specifically designed to dock the original Airport Express, Twenty works with any compatible digital audio source. It is currently available.

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“Twenty basically turns any set of speakers *and an AirPlay receiver* into an amplified AirPlay wireless system.”

There, fixed it.

So it’s pretty much an integrated amp with a built-in DAC and a slot to hold a digital audio source that happens to no longer be made.

Strikes me as a device that’s showed up too late to the party.

By Ward on 11.14.12 at 05:02 AM

I have been waiting for this product to be released. I have been looking for exactly this solution, and there is nothing anywhere near as slick. There are a few amplifiers available for the same price or less, but none have a Toslink optical port, they all have power bricks, and their output power is less. With refurb Airport Express units still on sale at Apple’s web store, this will be $169.  Assuming the audio quality is good, these will make some people very happy.

By Chrystopher on 11.14.12 at 07:33 AM

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