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iHome reveals more details on iW1 AirPlay speaker

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, November 11, 2010
News Categories: iPod Accessories

iHome has revealed more details regarding its upcoming iW1 AirPlay speaker system. According to the company’s website, the iW1 will feature a built-in rechargeable li-ion battery good for “hours” of audio playback, an included charging base for the unit, Bongiovi Acoustics DPS with specially tuned woofers, tweeters and a Class-D amplifier, support for local iPod or iPhone charging and playback via the USB port on the back, compatibility with the company’s iHome + apps, and a capacitive touch panel on the top for playback, volume, and other controls. Pricing and an exact release date have yet to be announced, although the company previously said the iW1 would be available this holiday season.

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Comments

1

Finally a wireless speaker I can use on the patio for podcast listening. I was about to hack an Airport Express into a ghetto blaster.

I’ll be watching for this to be released.

Posted by Sparkee on November 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

2

If it sounds as good as the iHome iP1, then it should be hard to beat.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on November 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM (PDT)

3

This is going in my bathroom.

Posted by DynaMix on November 11, 2010 at 10:10 AM (PDT)

4

This looks fantastic. I’ve been looking at the Logitech s715i, but its dock won’t accommodate my iPhone4 with the Apple bumper installed. Airplay eliminates this problem. Does anyone know if Pandora will work under AirPlay?

Posted by Bob on November 12, 2010 at 5:29 AM (PDT)

5

Technically, AirPlay should be capable of supporting output from any app on your iOS device, so Pandora will theoretically work.  It is up to the individual developers, however, whether they wish to enable AirPlay for their applications, and some apps may also require iOS 4.2 updates to fully support it.

However, I can’t see why Pandora wouldn’t enable this feature for their app, considering their business model.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on November 12, 2010 at 8:22 AM (PDT)

6

Does airplay work over your wifi or is in a private/included network, like bluetooth?

Posted by JackC64 on November 14, 2010 at 7:08 AM (PDT)

7

Sonos killer!

Posted by Greg on January 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM (PDT)

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