So you wanna take your music wireless?  You could always opt for a Sonos setup, but that requires at the very least a $300 investment, not for the faint of heart.  There are other cheaper solutions, as found at Audio Engine, but that largely only works if you have a set of powered speakers or a prexisting amplified system.  The same caveat applies to Apple’s Airport Express, and while it doesn’t require any dongles or cases to plug into your computer or iPhone, you’ll need a set of powered speakers to draw tunes from the wireless hub.  That is until now.

Today, Griffin announced the Twenty Audio Amplifier.  At the core of the device is a 40 watt amplifier designed to power a set of stereo speakers.  But what sets it apart from the usual array of amps, is that the Twenty from Griffin has a slot specifically built for Apple’s Airport Express.  Plug it in and it can transmit lossless, wireless audio from any Airplay compatible device to a set of unpowered speakers.  It also boasts an active, autoswitching 80hz crossover so you can add a powered subwoofer to the mix.   There is also a Toslink connector and an included S/PDIF cord for adding a wired device, such as a CD player.

Griffin hasn’t said when and for how much, but will try to get an ears on while at CES.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."