Wireless

Audioengine AW1 Wireless Music Transmitter/Receiver

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Introduction

My dilemma each summer seems to be how to get music outdoors – not just speakers, that’s easy - but to sit outside and choose without leaving my lawn chair. Traditionally it meant playing a CD and running back and forth, not that my house is large, sort of not the point. Multi-disc player you say? Been there done that, still not the same thing.

Sonos makes a terrific handheld wireless controller, but a basic system will set you back a grand. There are of course a myriad of other whole-house devices and wall mounted keypads, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for, and I was tired of putting a two-channel receiver outdoors. I needed something more flexible especially to take advantage of all the music now stored on my computer, in this case, laptop.

Specifications

  • Design: Wireless Audio Transmitter and Receiver for Stereo Analog Audio
  • Range: 100 Feet
  • Protocol: 802.11
  • Radio Band: 2.4 - 2.4835 GHz
  • Data Rate: 340 Mbps
  • S/N: 91 dB
  • Dimensions: 0.3" H x 4" W x 1.2" D
  • Weight: 0.5 Pounds
  • MSRP: $149 USA
  • Audioengine

I came across an e-mail from the good guys at Audioengine who had developed some great sounding desktop and bookshelf speakers. The press release was for a device they called Audioengine W1, an adapter that connects any two-channel audio source with any preamp/receiver, including computers, and transfers music wirelessly. The entire package costs $149.