Hitachi has stepped into the whole home audio market with a trio of new wireless speakers that will bring your favorite music to any room of your home or office. The three speakers are WiFi enabled and all are powered by AllPlay technology under the hood from Qualcomm. All three of the wireless speaker solutions support streaming music via WiFi from both iOS and Android platforms.
The Hitachi Smart WiFi speaker line also supports music from streaming services such as Spotify and Rhapsody. In addition to the ability to stream music over WiFi connections in the home or office, all three of the speakers also feature a standard 3.5mm input for connecting device for playback that lack WiFi. The 2015 W series speaker series promises Hi-fi quality with 192kHz and 24.bit audio resolution.
The speakers have WiFi, Bluetooth, and the previously mentioned 3.5mm input. To make pairing Bluetooth devices easier and faster, the speaker also has NFC technology. A party mode with flexible grouping is available and you can place speakers in up to ten zones with individual volume controls for each speaker. Supported audio codecs include MP3, AAC, AAC+, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, PCM.
The main difference between each mode is the power output and speaker arrangement. The W200 sells for $199.99 and has 22W of power with a quad-driver array and Bass Reflex. The W100 model has 12W of power and a Triple-Driver Array with Bass Reflex and will sell for $179.99. The smallest of the three is the W50 with 10W of power and dual-coil and a passive bass radiator. All three models will ship this month.