Get a Pioneer Music Tap AirPlay Music System for $179.99
This slick stereo, which lists for $399, streams music over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi from a variety of sources, including iDevices and Internet radio stations.
This is an update of a deal I wrote about late last year.
I've always coveted those Sonos wireless speaker systems, but my personal cheapskate rules prohibit me from spending that kind of money. Even after all these years, they're crazy-expensive.
Next best thing: a standalone wireless speaker system. And here's one I've had my eye on for a while: the Pioneer X-SMC3-S Music Tap AirPlay Music System, which Woot has for $179.99 (plus $5 for shipping). Today only, of course.
This has a list price of $399, and the best price I've seen elsewhere is in the $240 range.
The X-SMC3-S is a home stereo system for folks who have moved beyond CDs. It features a dock for iPhones and iPods and supports AirPlay -- Apple's wireless-streaming technology. That means you can listen to music stored not only on your iDevices, but also on your PCs.
Of course, if you do use your iDevice, you don't have to dock it; you can control the player right from the device and stream your playlists over Wi-Fi. In that way, it's a lot like a Sonos system -- except much cheaper.
Not invested in the Apple ecosystem? The Pioneer player can also stream music from Internet radio stations, Android phones, and tablets, and anything else that's DLNA 1.5-certified.
The system sports a pair of 20-watt speakers and a 2.5-inch color LCD that displays album art, song information, and the like. I haven't seen one up close and personal, but in photos it looks mighty sweet. (If you have any firsthand experience with the X-SMC3-S, tell me about it in the comments.)
At $399, this would be too rich for my aforementioned cheapskate blood. But $179.99? That's a pretty outstanding deal. If I hadn't just blown my electronics budget on a new TV, I'd be grabbing this.
Bonus deal: Speaking of speaker docks, here's something you don't see often: one for Android devices. Today only, ThingFling has the refurbished Philips AS111 Fidelio Docking Speaker for Android for $39.99, plus $6 for shipping. It sells elsewhere (new) for around $70.