Originally Posted by latebloomer
The speakers look very stylish. This is something that I think that my wife wouldn't mind. I have been looking into a wireless sound system that we can both utilize. We're not interested in a AV Receiver since we're not interested in something that takes up too much space.
I'm having a hard time finding a good audio solution for her. Her requirements are that it has to be good looking (she doesn't want anything that could be an eye-sore; especially when we have guests over) and it must be easy to use (less controls on the device is better). My requirement is that it has to sound great! This is something that I would be able to use in our kitchen/dining area. We spend a considerable amount of our day here.
Using airplay is definitely a plus! We have iPhones, iPads, and Macbook Pros that could leverage the wireless technology. This means that my wife doesn't have to learn how to use a complex audio system.
The specs on the speakers sound good.
I have a couple of questions...
1. What sample rates does the speaker system support? Does it support 24-bit/192kHz audio on its DAC?
2. Can you change the settings of the speaker using an iPad and Mac Os? I don't want to depend on one type of device to change the device configuration.
3. Do you have any plans in the future to add a line out for a powered subwoofer?
4. What is the power consumption like when not active. Does it go into standby mode? I wouldn't want to turn the device on/off all the time.
5. Since the device doesn't come with a remote, how would you change the input of the speaker when you have multiple sources? (i.e. tv, iPhone, etc)
1. The module itself supports only 44.1kHz and up to a maximum of 24 bits, though in our current implementation (as with all other manufacturers products) we are restricted to 16 bit so normal CD quality. The reason is memory restrictions of the module we use – you can get more expensive modules with more memory which supports higher sample rates and deeper bit width but nobody are using these versions and it would also require more stable networks maybe even wired connections.
A 24 bit 192 kHz stream with overhead it is a 32 bit stream requires a steady effective 6Mbit stream which is nearly impossible to get on most wireless networks so I doubt we will see any "high-end" AirPlay products in the market supporting this.
The good thing though is that the implementation we have introduces extremely low jitter as we are doing a good work in clock recovery and the transmission is full digital all the way through the chain in contrast to all other products in the market.
2. Yes, we have our own Libratone app that can be download. It can do Full Room Optimization & Voicing :-)
3. Currently, we do not, but you never know :-)
4. Unit always goes to standby once you leave the AirPlay mode.
5. Everything is controlled from an iDevice or MAC/PC from iTunes.