First it simplified speakers for any iPod or MP3 player, now Audioengine is making it easier to go wireless, with its new USB-based sender/receiver system, promising a plug-and-play solution for under £100.

The W1 is super-small, needs no batteries, has a range of 100ft (30m) and claims to be dropout and interference-free, with no reduction in audio quality. It supports the 802.11x wireless protocol, enabling transmission rates of 340mps.

It comes with RCA and mini-jack adapters, allowing it to wirelessly stream audio from devices including computers, iPods, and games consoles to active speakers - with the USB-port-equipped Audioengine A2 and A5 very much in mind - or stereo amps.

The system can also be used to send audio from the L/R outputs of a surround receiver to active rear speakers in a home cinema set-up – or from the receiver's subwoofer output to an active sub.

The W1 - which seemed to work impressively well when demo'd in Vegas – should be available in the UK by March, priced 'under £100'.

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Audioengine also previewed a new limited-edition Bamboo-finish version of its Award-winning, A5 active speaker. The A5N (pictured below) will be available from March, priced around £250.

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