Audiophile Wireless Receiver For AirPlay [Kickstarter]

Audiophile Wireless Receiver For AirPlay [Kickstarter]

Pssst! You there, the one just about to buy that Airport Express for your AirPlay setup. Don’t waste your $99 on that plastic wall-wart. Come over here and I’ll sell you this nice white plastic AirPlay brick instead. How much? Well, seeing as it’s you, just $199, although it normally goes for $275.

Oh, by the way. It’s called the playGo AP1. You’re welcome.

The AP1 isn’t just an overpriced Airport Express that doesn’t even work as a router. It is in fact a proper hi-fi wireless receiver which has its own high-end DAC (digital analog converter) inside, for better audio quality when you hook it up to a decent stereo.

To use it, you just plug it into your iPhone from where it will slurp up your home network’s name and password, and then you’re done. Access the AP1 through the standard AirPlay pop-up whenever you like. It also supports DLNA for using non-Apple devices, should you be slumming it.

You can also stream via Ethernet, or hook up an iPhone via USB to make use of the DAC direct.

As someone who uses a JamBox to listen to his music, this is probably lost on me, but as high-end audio kit goes, $200, or even $275 isn’t bad. You can pledge over on Kickstarter now.

  • liamrobichaud

    It’s twice the price of an airport express, which I have and love. It looks nice, but I say the APE is still better.

  • minimalist1969

    If the DAC in this thing is good than this is not a bad price (especially if you are streaming lossless content).   However, if you already have a good DAC in your receiver you can just buy a 99 dollar Apple TV and pipe those bits direct to the reciever or preamp via HDMI or optical.

  • cwills4

    Thought I would chime in and highlight some features the playGo AP1 has over the Apple “default” hardware:

    ·        Enhanced digital audio through the use of high-end Digital to Analog Converter (Burr-Brown PCM5102 DAC) and Sample Rate Converter (Burr-Brown SRC4193).

    ·        DLNA and UPnP support to connect to Network Attached Storage (NAS Devices) and PCs (including Microsoft “Play To”) and Android devices

    ·        FLAC lossless support through DLNA

    ·        Supports legacy iOS devices through USB

    ·        Charges iOS devices including iPad

    ·        Top panel touch-sense volume and transport controls

    ·        Separate Analog RCA and Digital Optical Audio (Toslink) output jacks

    ·        Built-in IR receiver for remote control

    ·        Can be integrated into a Control4 home automation system

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