There are a lot of people looking for iPad speakers and AirPlay speakers these days because media is so central to the iPad. AirPlay speakers are still fairly new and there really are not that many out on the market. If you want the convenience of AirPlay then here are three ways you can enjoy it using your iPad today.
iPad AirPlay Speakers
When iOS 4.2 was released, one of the best parts was AirPrint and of course AirPlay. Using AirPlay, you can stream content (music, photos, video) right from your iPad to your TV or speakers. This is not only convenient, it’s just a super experience. You might think that on the first day of iOS 4.2 there would be a ton of speakers on the market able to accept the stream of music from you iPad. Wrong. There were none. In fact, there are still only a few and while there are many more slated to hit the market soon (as of this writing), we wanted to show you one particular iPad AirPlay speaker on sale now and a few alternatives you can try as a workaround. Enjoy!
Denon N7 Wireless Stereo System
The Denon N7 is one of the first official iPad AirPlay speakers on the market. It’s a tad pricey but I have to say, it looks really slick. In fact, it looks like a thick white Macbook with an LED readout. The technical details of the Denon N7 are:
- Compact 65-watt/ch (4-ohms, 1KHz) AM/FM/CD receiver with built in iPod dock and networking capability. Made for iPod and iPhone with digital audio transmission.
- Internet radio and network audio straming via Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Online support of Napster, Pandora and Rhapsody (Service subscription may apply)
- Supports Apple AirPlay allowing straming of music files directly from iTunes music libraries located on Mac, PC, iPod Touch and iPhone.
- Allows playback of music files stored on PC or NAS when networked connected. Front mounted USB input for playback of WMA and MP3 music files. 96kHz/24-bit audio format capability.
- Hard button remote control included. Supports “Denon remote App” for operation control by iPod and iPhone.
Check out the Denon RCD-N7 Wi-Fi Network Streaming Stereo right here for more specs and reviews.
The really cool part about this is that all you have to do is turn on your iPad, start playing music from your iTunes library or Pandora and tap the AirPlay icon. That’s it and you have instant sound. That is what iPad AirPlay speakers are all about.
Now if you get the Denon N7, you will want to get the speakers that go with it. Unless you already have a pair of speakers. In which case all you need is the stereo itself. But just in case, here are the Denon SC-N7 Speakers.
Workaround #1 Airport Express + Powered Speakers
Here is the first workaround you can do if you want to wait for more official iPad AirPlay speakers. Hook up an AirPort Express ($99) unit to a pair of powered speakers and then stream your music through the Airport Express which accepts AirPlay music streams. The powered speakers will plug into the Audio IN port on the AirPort Express and then you can simply stream your music to the AirPort via AirPlay.
Workaround #2 New Apple TV
You can always get the new Apple TV which accepts AirPlay from the iPad. The Apple TV will then connect to your TV or home theater system so you can enjoy sound. As with Workaround #1, this is about a $99 option as well.
Here is where you can check out the Apple TV for the best prices and reviews.
There are three ways to enjoy AirPlay music via your iPad. While there are not that many iPad AirPlay speakers just yet, there will be more in the Summer/Fall (2011). Until then, enjoy the Denon or one of these workarounds for a truly great experience.