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AQ Audio brings outdoor Airplay streaming to portable speakers

Idevice users can now use Apple's Airplay without being connected to WiFi
Thu Oct 11 2012, 12:59

IDEVICE USERS can now use Apple's Airplay technology without having to be connected to WiFi, thanks to British hardware outfit AQ Audio and its AQ Direct technology.

The firm upgraded the software for customers of its AQ Smartspeaker - which it launched in June to be Airplay compatible only - on Wednesday, making it the world's first speaker to offer a direct connection to Apple's Airplay technology without the need for a home network.

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AQ Audio CEO James Grant told The INQUIRER that Android and Windows 7 users will soon be able use the AQ Smartspeaker using the same AQ Direct wireless streaming technology, as it has developed an Android app called AQ Play.

"What we've just released is a software update so any android or Windows 7 user can also transmit to the speaker," Grant said.

"For an Android device, content would stream from our own app that's will be in the Google Play store, so the user would download the app and they are then able to transmit all their audio sound - cloud, internet radio and podcasts - to the speaker."

Grant said the app will be DLNA certified when it hits the Google Play store "soon".

The speaker can be used up to 40 meters away from the source, and features two drivers capable of reaching a power output of 25 Watts. The speaker outputs stereo sound, but if two or four are bought, the user can then select left and right channel separation.

Grant explained the rechargeable AQ Smartspeaker has a patented amplifier, which is "20 percent more efficient than class D amps, so that can last 10 hours without a recharge".

The AQ Smartspeaker Wireless+ Portable is available now from the company's website, or from Amazon for £159, with a two-pack costing £299 and a four-pack £575. µ


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