The Good The Aperion Aris has excellent sound quality for a streaming speaker, and decent stereo separation. The speaker has a very intimate sound and is best suited to ensemble music or folk. Build quality is very good. The promise of an AirPlay option is a big plus.
The Bad The speaker's reliance on buggy Windows software is a problem, and for best performance you'll need to use the 3.5mm input. The Aris isn't as well-suited to background listening, losing some scale off-axis, and it isn't as accomplished when playing complex music like progressive rock or stirring classical. The price is a little high.
The Bottom Line The Aperion Aris is a high-performance streaming speaker with an intimate sound, but its reliance on Windows streaming is a low note.
Not yet a stream come true
At its announcement in May 2012, thewas billed as the world's first wireless speaker for Windows. While there are dozens of Apple AirPlay speakers, and even an , why has no one thought to make a Windows one? Apart from sounding unfashionable, play with the Aperion Aris for 5 minutes and you'll find out why.
The problems with the Aperion aren't exactly the fault of the speaker, as Windows' Play To feature is fairly unreliable, but it does make us pine for the Apple AirPlay option that's due for the Aris this spring. Sound quality is fairly good for a device of this type, and it can go plenty loud. If only it weren't so expensive.
Design and features
The chassis of the Aris is pretty distinctive, constructed from a single piece of brushed aluminum and sitting atop a red steel stand. The thin stand is removable if you don't like the look and the bottom of the unit has a rubberized surface you can use instead. On top you'll find volume controls and power; there is no remote.