Logitech has taken the wraps off of its first AirPlay compatible audio system, the Logitech UE Air Speaker, a WiFi-enabled streaming all-in-one. The $399.99 UE Air Speaker pulls uncompressed audio from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or computer, but also supports directly docked devices – and recharging – in its pull-out bay. Meanwhile, the “UE” Ultimate Ears branding promises superlative audio quality.
There’s also a 3.5mm audio input for third-party audio sources, and your iPhone or other iOS device operates as a remote control. What you don’t get, despite the WiFi, is support for non-AirPlay streaming unfortunately, which means Android users are out of luck.
Aesthetically, Logitech is pleased as punch with the UE Air Speaker’s piano black housing and curvy casing. Considering the price – and the fact that it’s up against the B&W Zeppelin Air with its luxury appeal – that’s something the company can’t afford to skimp on.
Connectivity also includes wired ethernet, though your iPad, iPhone or other device will have to be on the same network, only wirelessly. The Logitech UE Air Speaker is up for preorder now, priced at $399.99, with deliveries expected to kick off next month.