O, yes: Philips shows new Apple AirPlay speakers
Philips is gearing up to release several new speaker systems that feature Apple's AirPlay wireless connectivity--including one shaped like a doughnut.
The CEA had its yearly line show earlier this week and we spent a little time in the Philips booth checking out several new audio products the company intends to release this year, including a handful of AirPlay-enabled speakers.
In case you don't know what AirPlay is, it's a wireless-streaming feature found on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or any Mac or Windows PC running iTunes (see " " for more info). Right now you can only stream video to your TV using Apple TV but lots of AirPlay-enabled speakers are headed to the market for streaming audio.
Philips is about to release the $800 Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W (see video below), which will also come in a more affordable $500 version this holiday season, the DS6800W. But perhaps the most striking new model is the AirPlay-enabled DS3881W, which is shaped like a doughnut, is portable (yes, it has a rechargeable battery), and features a "360-degree surround sound effect."
Philips says the 16-watt circular speaker is due out this holiday season for $329 MRSP. Check out editor Scott Stein's report in the video below.