I was just wondering why they don't make WiFi speakers since Bluetooth ones, obviously really popular these days, have limited fidelity due to the inherent limitations of Bluetooth, which wasn't designed for music (at least with earlier versions of Bluetooth, not sure if these have been eliminated with 4.0--have they?).
In any case, how much better are these than comparably-priced Bluetooth speakers, playing high quality source material?
Also, does anyone make WiFi amplifiers, for people who want to connect their own speakers, and how good are they?
Massive difference. There is literally no difference between airplay and plugging a cable directly in. This has been tested with the airport express. You can stream a raw PCM or FLAC file which the airport can't decode to a receiver that can plugged into the line out of the APX via it's optical audio, and it will decode. Any digital format the connected device can play will come out, so it's not compressing. Waveform tests have been done with apple lossless and WAVs and found the same thing.
Meaning it's 1:1 lossless streaming. See where i'm going with this? It's a whole different ballgame. bluetooth streaming is like.. 128-192k mp3 quality. This is well, FLAC or ALAC if that's what you're playing. It won't be super noticeable on small speakers like this, but on stuff with say, strings or lots of high end it takes a lot of(IE: jawbone) DSP trickery to make it sound kinda ok, whereas if an airplay box has even halfway decent speakers it'll smack the crap out of anything else.
I wish those logitech UE9000 headphones had been airplay, and not bluetooth.
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