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Altec Lansing Introduces the New inAir 5000 Wireless AirPlay Speaker

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Today, audio innovator Altec Lansing released the inAir 5000 Wireless AirPlay Speaker (MA5000) that allows users of iTunes, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to stream music wirelessly over their Wi-Fi network to any room in the house. The inAir 5000 is the first in a new series of AirPlay enabled audio networking products that capitalize on the audio engineering excellence and groundbreaking product design of Altec Lansing.

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I know Altec Make some great speakers.... but REALLY?? $500??? thats almost the price of a 7970, talk about being ripped off!
 
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It seems I come from the wrong part of the world...

What the hell are these? For that price even cheaper are found for example here...

http://www.thomann.de/ie/active_nearfield_monitors.html

But at least a an active monitor... Or I am spoiled and don't understand anything?
 

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It seems I come from the wrong part of the world...

What the hell are these? For that price even cheaper are found for example here...

http://www.thomann.de/ie/active_nearfield_monitors.html

But at least a an active monitor... Or I am spoiled and don't understand anything?
It looks to me like the speakers you linked still need a source. The big idea with what this thread is about, is that the $500 unit gets signal from your phone or tablet via wifi, so no "source" needs to be connected directly to this to function anywhere your wifi signal will reach.
 
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I'm sorry altec lansing but ill buy Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin (or Zeppelin Air) if your are going to charge this much for your ipod wireless speaker.
 
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It's a speaker for iPhen, iPlad and iPlod. It's understandable that they charge as much. Ppl who own such products expect it to cost a fortune.

As a long time owner of Altec Lansing MX5021 speakers i'd prefer seeing them release successor to these speakers. I hate their Impressionist model because it cannot be mounted on wall. MX5021 can be.
 
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It looks to me like the speakers you linked still need a source. The big idea with what this thread is about, is that the $500 unit gets signal from your phone or tablet via wifi, so no "source" needs to be connected directly to this to function anywhere your wifi signal will reach.
No it doesnt... I've said ACTIVE... it means that it has an integrated power amplifier there...
 

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No it doesnt... I've said ACTIVE... it means that it has an integrated power amplifier there...
An amplifier still needs a signal from its source correct? The speakers you linked accept signal via wifi? Also your link goes to 263 sets of speakers, not just one kit;)
 
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An amplifier still needs a signal from its source correct? The speakers you linked accept signal via wifi?
oh now I get it, thanks.

So it seems it is -
500$ for a plastic wireless media player that will sound like something trashing inside a garbage box? :D And to buy a separate A/V transmitter on ebay for around 40$... (bet it won't be more pure than this one)

Maybe it sounds sophisticated, but still sound wise this looks quite abstract to me... you cannot disobey basic physics... unless you buy them just for the looks, not the function... :D
 

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I didn't say it was genius;) There are similar solutions that are much cheaper to stream from your PC. For the iFans, this is right up their alley.