Apple’s Airplay, while not a unique product – at least when it comes to streaming audio wirelessly – has pretty much dominated the wireless audio space thanks to popularity of iOS devices and snazzy marketing on the company’s behalf. That said, DLNA has long existed, but has taken a significant back seat to Apple’s wireless protocol, largely because it hasn’t been marketed or leveraged correctly – it exists in a vast array of products.
The Aperion ARIS is effectively an Airplay speaker minus, well, the Airplay. It’s billed as a wireless speaker for Windows machines, and those alike, that sport the wireless protocol DLNA (as found in the PS3 and other home entertainment hardware). And while the Aperion ARIS speaker is targeted largely at Windows users thanks to the integration into Windows Media player, the speaker is also compatible with Android and iOS devices, provided you’ve got the compatible app installed and the Aperion ARIS has been added to your home’s network, which supposedly is simple as a single button push.
In terms of specs, the Aperion ARIS sports a six internal drivers and four amplifiers that provide a total of 100 W RMS power. All of this is housed inside of an all aluminum enclosure that measures 6.5 inches high by 14.75 inches wide.
Preorders for the ARIS will begin this May for $499, with shipping expected to commence in mid-June.