AQ SmartSpeaker | US$179.00 | www.aqaudio.com
for some, simply having a good sounding speaker isn’t enough. it got to have the look to match. as such, a speaker such as the AQ SmartSpeaker that has been allotted with multiple Red Dot Design Award should favor those with a taste for more than just audio reproduction. sporting an uncommon smooth organic form that you will usually find in high-end audio equipment, the SmartSpeaker is a versatile wireless speaker, featuring Apple’s AirPlay technology for lossless wireless audio streaming from iOS devices, iTunes libraries, Internet Radio Stations and with the optional app, users can even stream from popular music providers such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora or any audio on a website or game. though primary geared towards Apple users, users of Android and Windows devices can also enjoy wireless streaming to the SmartSpeaker via a special DLNA Certified App available from Google Play Store and Microsoft’s “Play To” feature. other features include a 3.5mm line-in audio jack for other sources, a 24-watt dual driver configuration with an “ultra-efficient” patented amplifier that allows more than 10 hours of playback on AirPlay mode in between charges and auto power down function that turns off the unit after 10 minutes of inactivity to preserve battery life. the AQ SmartSpeaker is available now with a $179 sticker.