Bluetooth speakers are all the rage these days, but when you stream your music library, Pandora playlists, and the like to a Bluetooth speaker, the audio gets compressed. And that makes audiophiles angry.
Plus, why listen to a relatively small sound system when you've already got a big, honking stereo? What you need is some Bluetooth-style way to beam your tunes from your iDevice to those sweet speakers -- but without the Bluetooth-style compression.
There's one way, and it's on sale! Through November 4, Shoptronics has the Nyrius NiAA300 Digital Wireless Audio Transmitter System for $59.99 shipped when you use coupon code NIAA300 at checkout. It's normally $79.99, and that's what it sells for elsewhere.
The system starts with a 2.4GHz transmitter that plugs into your iDevice's docking part. (Needless to say, it's not compatible with the Lightning connector -- sorry, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 4, and fifth-gen iPod Touch users.) It's a little clunky-looking, but at least it's reasonably compact.
At the other end, the receiver plugs into any speaker system that can accommodate a 3.5mm stereo plug or RCA cables (an adapter is included for the latter). Then you just fire up your tunes and presto: you've got a poor-man's Sonos system!
You can use this setup for any audio that emanates from your iDevice: music, movies, audiobooks, games, and so on. And it's delivered digitally, without compression, which should make audiophiles happy.
Although this product has been around for awhile, I haven't found many reviews. If you've had any experience with it, by all means hit the comments and let me know.
In the meantime, if you're looking for an easy, affordable way to wirelessly bridge the gap between your iDevice and your stereo, this should do the trick -- and save you $20 in the process.