AQ Audio debuts AirPlay-capable AQ SmartSpeaker | iLounge News

News

AQ Audio debuts AirPlay-capable AQ SmartSpeaker

UK speaker company AQ Audio is making its US debut with the AQ SmartSpeaker ($179), a portable, wireless, AirPlay-compatible speaker. The AQ SmartSpeaker features one-touch AirPlay setup and—like other recent “PlayDirect” speakers—can also stream directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod by creating its own Wi-Fi network. As a standalone speaker, the AQ SmartSpeaker offers stereo sound from its two drivers. Additionally, two SmartSpeakers can be paired for left and right channel separation, and speakers can be placed around the house for multi-room audio.

image

More than 10 hours of AirPlay playback are possible with the integrated rechargeable battery. AQ SmartSpeaker is available now.

« Apple announces Oct. 23 iPad mini event

Foxconn admits hiring 14-year-old interns »

Related Stories

Comments

1

i just don’t understand the hype about portable airplay-speakers. for home use, yes ok. but for portable use Wifi connection drains just too much battery.

I tested a bluetooth speaker and compared it to an airplay speaker. I let both play the same playlist for 5 hours. With the bluetooth speaker i still had 86% battery left on my iphone4, while with the airplay-speaker i only had 62%, thus airplay draining more than twice as much battery compared to bluetooth.
With bluetooth 4.0 and “low energy” profile this difference would be even bigger!

Posted by oluv on October 17, 2012 at 7:01 AM (CDT)

2

What I don’t understand . . . Clean, cool design factor, but seldom is the charging paraphernalia illustrated by the manufacturer and especially and a negligently by the review publisher.  I chatted online with AQ Audio yesterday after reading this PR blurb and never got a straight answer regarding the charging of a 4-pack of their speakers. Oh well.

Posted by Gregory J Thomas on October 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM (CDT)

3

I can explain the “hype” quite easily: I listen to music from different PCs on my home network, and so bluetooth speakers are worthless to me. Furthermore, I have a big, old house, and so I either need to invest in a half dozen or more speakers (and the accompanying management), or I can just carry the speakers with me. This sort of speaker suits my needs very well (we can argue about audio quality and price separately, but as a concept, they’re great). And I hardly think I’m alone.

To be honest, Griffin’s Evolve speakers were/are the ideal solution (the charging base hooked directly to the output of one PC, which then became the music command center, plus it had a dock for iPod/iPhone playback; instead of Airplay, it broadcast its own radio signal - 900 MHz iirc), but they appear to have been a technological dead end (no updates or competitors 5+ years later), and the batteries in mine are dying, so Airplay it is. I might add that guests have always been impressed by the Evolves - not nec. the fidelity, but the tech and execution. Oh well.

Posted by JRoth on October 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM (CDT)

If you have a comment, news tip, advertising inquiry, or coverage request, a question about iPods/iPhones/iPad or accessories, or if you sell or market iPod/iPhone/iPad products or services, read iLounge's Comments + Questions policies before posting, and fully identify yourself if you do. We will delete comments containing advertising, astroturfing, trolling, personal attacks, offensive language, or other objectionable content, then ban and/or publicly identify violators.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.
Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2014 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy