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Airplay dilemma

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craigmccall43's picture
Joined: 17 May 2008
Posts: 12

Hi guys not a regular poster but im in need of help.

Firstly, let me say i have done plenty of research!


I am trying to expand my Airplay setup, at present i have :

Living Room: Denon AVR 1912/Diamond 10.6

Bedroom: Airport Express/Audio engine A5


Now for the kitchen!

The issue im having is i really want to keep things simple, no amp, no additional airport express... you get the point and my budget is no more than £200. When researching all in one airplay speakers i find that many reviews contradict one another, i understand opinions will vary but im finding one review saying that a speaker is completely rubbish yet another is saying its the best they have ever heard! So heres what ive considered so far...

Onkyo - ABX-N300 £150

Pure - Countour 200i Air £168

Altec Lansing inAir 5000- £200

Sony - SANSS410 - £150

After initial research i thought the Altec was the way to go but as i continue reading about it as mentioned above its either "AMAZING!!!!" or "utter rubbish and lacks clarity". I also considered the new pioneer airplay speaker but after hearing a demo i wasnt impressed.

Any input would be awesome guys n  gals!




Juzzie Wuzzie's picture
Joined: 18 Sep 2007
Posts: 611
RE: Airplay dilemma

Not what you want to hear, but I'd be tempted to "replicate" your bedroom set-up with Audio Engine A2s (the smaller ones).  Otherwise, Sonos Play 3 (although slightly above budget). 


Living Room: Samsung 40C7000; Oppo BDP-103EU; Onkyo SR308; Apple TV3; Airport Express; Sky HD+; Jamo A102 HSC5; Naim Nait 5i-2; Neat Iotas; Chord / Wireworld / QED / TCI interconnects and speaker wire; Harmony 550 universal remote; Tacima mains conditioner Portable: Shuffle (1G); iPad (1G); iPad Minil FiiO E1; AKG450; Grado SR60i; Sennheiser CX300II; custom Ultimate Ears Car: iPod Classic 120GB

bigboss's picture
Joined: 25 Mar 2009
Posts: 11798
RE: Airplay dilemma

I had the InAir 5000 for a few days when I got it for a bargain £99.95:


It did drop audio quite a few times.

Sold it.


My Home Cinema  Pioneer KRP 500A, Yamaha RX-V1900, MA Radius R225HD LCR, R90HD rears, AW12 sub, Panasonic BD60, PS3, Boxee Box, Sky HD, Boxee Box, Logitech Harmony One, Logitech PS3 Adapter, Sonos ZP90

Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H

Miscellaneous: Synology DS212J + 2 X WD Red 2TB drives, WD 1TB NAS, Sonos ZoneBridge, BT HH3 as modem & AirPort Extreme router

craigmccall43's picture
Joined: 17 May 2008
Posts: 12
RE: Airplay dilemma

yeah bigboss i saw your post when you got it, its one of the top results when you google the altec. I really like the sonos but as their far overpriced in my opinion and dont facy forking out for the Sonos connect etc as i like to be able to plasy all speakers at the same time.

Thanks for the advice guys, still unsure but will give an update when i eventually make a decision... i could see my budget getting blown ha!

woollyjoe's picture
Joined: 13 Aug 2009
Posts: 395
RE: Airplay dilemma

+1 what juzzie wuzzie and bigboss said - you migt also get capacity issues. Sonos is definitely worth a look longer term.