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AQ Audio launches SmartSpeaker A2

Tom Morgan
18 Jun 2013
AQAudio SmartSpeaker A2
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AQ Audio's latest wireless speaker combines Airplay and multi-room streaming, with a range of colours to suit each room of the house

AQ Audio has expanded its wireless speaker range with the SmartSpeaker A2, a compact single speaker with Airplay compatibility for cable-free playback from any iOS device.

Twin 13w speaker drivers provide the sound, which will stream from any Airplay device without needing to connect to an existing wireless network. It's not just Apple fans that will be able to enjoy wireless playback either, as the AQ Play Android app (available for free from the Google Play store) will let you stream music directly to the speaker.

If you're looking for a multi-room speaker system though, it looks like iOS is the way forward - with Airplay, you can stream to multiple speakers at the same time, or set up two in a stereo configuration. The USB port on the back of the speaker will charge up your smartphone or tablet during playback.

Airplay will also play nicely with both Windows and Mac PCs or laptops, and there's also a 3.5mm audio jack on the rear for wired sound.

As the SmartSpeaker A2 is designed to find a space in each room of your house, a set of interchangeable ColourCovers let you colour match to suit your colour scheme. As well as the standard black, you can also choose between Emerald Green, Poppy Red, African Violet and Orange Zest. The covers pop off, letting you swap them over quickly and easily.

The SmartSpeaker A2 is available now, at £129 for a single speaker, £235 for a twin pack or £454 for a set of four from www.aqaudio.com.

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