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Positive Feedback ISSUE 43
may/june 2009


Living with the Audioengine W1 - a quick take on being 'free-range'
by Sasha Kanno


My audio BFF and favorite neighbors Dave and Carol turned me onto another neat gadget from Audioengine; the wireless audio adapter. This thing is perfect for me.

I have said this before and I'll probably say it every time—I don't know anything about audio equipment. I love music but where it goes from there is pretty much left up to The Husband and Dave. The only problem I have found with the adapter is how to write about it. I mean its super simple and does what it's suppose to do… and I'm done, no? OK, a few more words.

Since I have been on vacation for a few weeks I have been spending a lot of time at home. I love to cook and hang out in my house. It makes it even better when I can have music playing in all of our rooms. This wireless adapter makes things really easy. The adapter is comprised of 2 different USB's, one is the sender and one is the receiver, simply plug one end into my Mac Book and the other plug into my Audioengine bookshelf speakers and you are in business. The toughest part for me was figuring out how to make it play through my system preferences on my Mac. Once The Husband showed me that it was easy listening or reggae listening is more like it.

When I looked at the Audioengine website I was a little surprised to see it retails for $149. I really love this device but I am not sure if I would pay that much for it. If you are desperate for everything to be wireless than I can see where the money would not matter. In our little house I could still plug in my speakers directly and it would not ruin my world. But on another note, for a measly $150 you can move freely about and the sounds is never compromised. There is no delay or static in the sound.

All in all I do love this little gadget. Our next leap in home audio is to get the outdoor speakers to play the same music as inside the house. From what The Husband told me, we will need another set of wireless audio adapters. Looks like I better get over the price and just buy another set.