iW1 AirPlay review

The iW1 AirPlay is a solidly built compact speaker system for connecting wirelessly to iTunes and iOS devices housed in an attractive, minimalist mix of black mesh and silver chrome.

Controls all sit nicely in a row on the top of the unit, or you can use the supplied remote control. It’s not as portable as we’d like, weighing a fairly heavy 6lbs, but the built-in rechargeable battery and supplied charging dock do give users the option to take the iW1 out and about. Battery life depends on volume output, the quieter the playback the longer you can listen, with iHome claiming up to 10 hours from a single charge.

The iW1 AirPlay comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, offering a truly wireless experience

OUR VERDICT

The speaker incorporates Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station, billed as a “new standard for digital audio delivery”. This option does actually add punch to what is otherwise a fairly flat and neutral sound. With it, audio playback from the iW1 AirPlay is very good (but not great). The modest size of the speaker and its price point seem to reflect this.

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