If iHome’s iW1 is a bit too rich for your blood – it originally retailed for $299, but sells for about $60 less now – then perhaps you might consider the iW2.  It’s not only cheaper than its big brother, but smaller and perhaps easier to use since it boasts a set of physical buttons as opposed to those some what fiddley touchscreen controls.

That said Apple’s Airplay is still the mainstay of this product, though you won’t have the luxury of quickly picking it up and moving it anywhere since there is no built-in battery.   However, the rear of the speaker includes a USB port for attaching recent gen iPod devices, which will not only playback audio but provide a recharge to any attached 5V Apple product.  You can also expect iHome’s Reson8 digital sound processing, SRS Wow HD audio enhancement and an aux input for all things non-Apple.

The iHome iW2 will hit retail shelves April 1st for $199.99.

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."