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JBL's New Plug and Play Soundfly Speaker

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JBL introduces the Soundfly, a compact wireless speaker that supports itself from any electrical wall outlet or plug. This speaker gives a new meaning to the phrase, 'plug and play'.


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The 20W box will play audio streamed from any AirPlay-capable device on the same WiFi network while it sits demurely on a wall outlet. JBL is counting on a few tricks to set itself apart from the rest of the similarly Apple-oriented pack, such as linking up to four of the speakers for whole-home audio and offering an iOS app to tailor the output to the room. About the only reservation is a $199 shipping price for something that isn't as portable or universal as a Jawbone Jambox, but that may be the price to pay for a speaker that can offer longer range and syncing while it very nearly blends into the furniture.

I really like the concept behind these speakers. What do you think?


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This is interesting. I can think of a number of home applications that I could make use of this and avoid moving my dock radio clock radio around. I suspect it would be good for travelers too who want a little more sound in the hotel room.
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This is brilliant in more ways than I can mention. It's not going to replace my JBL K2 S9900s anytime soon, but I'll soon be wishing my K2s were AirPlay capable.

Think about it: moving around your house, in the garage, out on the patio, and wherever you go your iPhone wakes up the nearby SoundFly and your music goes with you, right where you left off. That's stupid good.
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Cool idea, but most outlets are near the floor.

Nothing you can do about that, but it should be made as convenient as possible to use an extension cord, like having the prongs swivel down parallel to the back.
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Originally Posted by noah katz View Post

Cool idea, but most outlets are near the floor.
Nothing you can do about that, but it should be made as convenient as possible to use an extension cord, like having the prongs swivel down parallel to the back.

True enough. At least the speakers are aimed up, not out, when plugged in a normal socket. For background music while doing housework, working out, partying, etc., this is an easy way to get sound around the house without lugging anything from room to room except your iPhone or iPad.

Imagine giving your Gen Y kid a pair of these and an iPod touch for his/her room instead of a CD player, receiver, and speakers. The kid would be ecstatic, and discipline when needed would be a breeze.
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