AQ Audio SmartSpeaker gets lower price and new colours

AQ Audio SmartSpeaker A2

AQ Audio has expanded its SmartSpeaker wireless speaker with the addition of a new, cheaper model – the £129 A2 – available in a range of new colours. Unlike the original A1 model which has a built-in rechargeable battery, the A2 is mains-powered only.

One-touch AirPlay set-up lets you stream music from iTunes, internet radio, Spotify and audio from films and TV programmes. Two A2s can be set up as a stereo pair (when streaming via iTunes on a PC or laptop), and if you already own a SmartSpeaker A1 it will be fully compatible with the A2.

Android users are also catered for: the free AQ Audio Android App available in the Google Play store will stream audio from any Android device to the A2.

More: Read our AQ Audio SmartSpeaker A1 review

AQ Audio has teamed up with AirFoil, the popular software that enables you to send audio on your Mac or PC to one or multiple AQ SmartSpeakers, offering a 40% discount on the software when you buy any SmartSpeaker.

The A2 is available with interchangeable covers in the following colours: emerald green, poppy red, african violet and orange zest. A single SmartSpeaker A2 costs £129, a twin pack £235 and four pack £454.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.