Got some old speakers gathering dust at home? Would you love to hook them up to your AirPlay network but don’t want to buy a) an amp and speaker cable and b) an Airport Express? Well, The Vamp is here to save you. It’s a tiny box that sits on top of your speaker and acts as both amp and Bluetooth receiver.
The coolest thing about the Vamp is that you can pick up some old speakers from the thrift store that will sound better than anything you buy for less than a few hundred bucks today. The little Vamp box is simple to use. Just plug it into the speaker, make sure the battery is charged and pair your iPhone with its Bluetooth radio.
The only problem might be power. The Vamp puts out a pathetic 4 watts, which isn’t much when you consider that these old speakers were designed for more. Then again, I believe that in the olden days they measured things differently to make them seem louder.
The other problem is that you are using just one speaker, which means mono, which means rather crappy and empty-sounding music. So you’ll have to decide whether the spend your £35 on this, or on a thrift-store amp instead, and just forget about the wireless…