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iHome iW1 to update over Wi-Fi, sell for $299


iHome is showing its iW1 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System at the 2011 International CES, and has shared some additional information about the upcoming system. In addition to previously-revealed features like a USB port for local charging and playback of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, Bongiovi DPS sound processing, a rechargeable battery with included charging base, and a capacitive touch panel on the top for playback, volume, and other controls, the iW1 will also feature two three-inch woofers and two one-inch high-efficiency tweeters for full-range audio, support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), an auxiliary input for other audio devices, an included remote control, and the ability to update over Wi-Fi. iHome’s iW1 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System will sell for $299; no release date has yet been announced.

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Unfortunately, at $300 it’s more than I had hoped.

What I want is an Airplay speaker half that price that I can put in several rooms of the house.  $300 puts it in Sonos territory, again, more device than I need.

BT speakers, as far as I can tell, would work, but I want Airplay built in.  The Airport Express is an option, but then I’d need several, putting the price back up to Sonos levels with more clutter :-)

iHome, you were close!

Posted by Matthew on January 5, 2011 at 9:10 AM (CST)


FWIW, iHome’s amazing iP1 Studio Series speaker system is selling for $149.99 at Costco.  You can always pair it with an old AirPort Express and still get AirPlay functionality.

Posted by Galley on January 5, 2011 at 9:23 AM (CST)


I have been waiting for this product since Airplay was announced but I too am disappointed by the price tag.  I was really hoping it would top out at $199.  Oh well, hopefully some other companies will be revealing Airplay compatible products soon!

Posted by TosaDeac on January 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM (CST)


300$ is to much. pity

Posted by robi on April 30, 2011 at 4:37 PM (CDT)


Yeah, it costs a bit more than it should! 

Is this thing also an FM/AM radio?  That’d be nice so I can listen to ball games without paying MLB for a crazy subscription to listen to them through my phone.

Posted by Brian on May 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM (CDT)


Costs way more than it should, will for sure hold out for a comparable product that will surely soon follow the iW1.

Posted by Dee on July 7, 2011 at 9:52 PM (CDT)

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