Just in time before the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3 release, three giants have announced new AirPlay compatible products that will let you play your favorite tunes directly from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and your computer.
As we’ve mentioned earlier this year, 2011 should be a big year for Airplay devices. Be ready to see several speakers, receivers, and even docks specially designed to support wireless streaming from your iOS devices and computers.
According to plan, today JBL, Philips, and Pioneer have announced a series of products that will leverage Apple’s AirPlay technology.
JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay Speaker Dock
The JBL On Air was featured earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas. Today, the product has been officially launched.
The On Air Wireless dock will not only let you play your tunes from a docked iPhone or iPod, but also send audio over WiFi from iOS devices including the iPad and your computer. It will support audio wirelessly from any iOS 4.2 or later iPad, iPod or iPhone, as well as the iTunes library on Macs and Windows PCs.
JBL’s speaker features an interesting design, and it comes with a large color LCD display that displays album artwork while streaming your music. In addition, the LCD display is used to show clock information, current FM radio station, and configure the speaker dock with your local WiFi network.
JBL has not released any pricing details yet. The JBL On Air will be available this spring. You can sign-up via the company website to get notified after the product becomes officially available in stores.
Pioneer’s VSX-1021 A/V Receiver
The receiver is compatible with AirPlay technology allowing you to stream music from iTunes to the VSX-1021 and play it through your home theater system. All you have to do is connect the receiver to your home network via Ethernet, or via the Pioneer’s optional wireless adapter (AS-WL300) and it instantly becomes the hub for playback of your iTunes music from your connected Apple device or networked computer.
Requiring an additional adapter to support a wireless connection is a bit disappointing, but could still be an option for many folks depending on their network setup at home.
Philips Fidelio SoundSphere
The SoundSphere speaker system features a very sleek design. Even though the speakers may resemble “flower pots”, this system setup features a free-floating tweeter on top that emits sounds in all directions. It comes with a small docking station to control both speakers.
Philips has integrated full Airplay technology support to allow you to playback music wirelessly from iTunes on a computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
The Fidelio SoundSphere has been targeted for release in Europe (first) during May. Not sure how successful Phillips will be with the Fidelio SoundSphere. The initial price point has been outrageously set to €799 ($1,113).