AirPlay Won't Need a Wi-Fi Connection in iOS 8

iOS 8 will support "peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback," which means that you won't need to be connected to a wireless network to use AirPlay. That's a really nice evolution of Apple's wireless media streaming protocol » 6/03/14 10:41am 6/03/14 10:41am

How to Stream Anything from Android to AirPlay

The AirPlay wireless streaming system makes sharing stuff between your phone and TV incredibly easy—but only if stick with Apple gadgets. Try to share content from an Android and suddenly you're out of luck. But with these third-party streaming apps, Airplay and Android can finally speak the same language. » 5/31/14 12:00pm 5/31/14 12:00pm

Your Phone Will Soon Spew 4K Video From Its USB Port

The Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard, beloved of Roku and Android phone manufacturers, is about to get exciting: an update coming in September will allow phones to spit out 4K video from their USB ports. » 8/21/13 5:14am 8/21/13 5:14am

How to Get Movies, Music, and More From Your Mobile Device to Your TV

There's not much your phone or tablet can't do these days, beyond maybe displaying their troves of mobile content on a screen larger than 10 inches. But that's what televisions are for. And, with one of these five methods, you'll be able to seamlessly throw music and movies from your little screen to your big screen. » 7/27/13 12:00pm 7/27/13 12:00pm

For Music Fans, Google Chromecast Is No Apple Airplay

About two and a half years after Evolver.fm started taking Google to task over its lack of a super-simple wireless music solution along the lines of Apple’s AirPlay for zapping music to speakers around the house, Google unveiled on Wednesday what some are calling its answer to AirPlay: Chromecast. » 7/24/13 5:21pm 7/24/13 5:21pm

Bowers & Wilkins Z2: A Beautiful AirPlay Speaker with a Cozy Nest for…

Speaker docks outfitted with Apple's Lightning dock connector seem like kind of waste these days. Wireless music is the future, homie! But does this new beauty from Bowers & Wilkins look like a dock? Where's the port? It's hidden by clever design. » 3/19/13 12:00am 3/19/13 12:00am

Bowers & Wilkins A7: This Thing Is So Good. This Thing Is So Expensive.

Bowers & Wilkins makes some of our favorite audio hardware. We also happen to love AirPlay—so the union of the two should be terrific, right? Sort of. The A7 speaker is tremendous—but it's just so, so expensive. » 1/24/13 1:20pm 1/24/13 1:20pm

Polk Woodbourne: A 180-Watt Wireless Music Powerhouse That Rocks With…

Polk Audio's Woodbourne could be the new king of the high-end wireless audio mountain. It sports beefy specs and the flexibility of both AirPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. » 1/07/13 3:00am 1/07/13 3:00am

LG's 2013 Speaker Lineup Sounds Pretty Sweet No Matter How You Listen

Not everybody has the available floor space or audiophilic conviction for 9.1 surround sound—sometimes just a sound bar or even headphones may suffice. With the wall of sound-producing devices that LG just unveiled, finding a system to match your situation should be a cinch—even if it is 9.1 surround. » 12/25/12 3:00am 12/25/12 3:00am

Outlet Hogging Wireless Speaker Forgoes a Rechargeable Battery

There's no shortage of compact wireless speakers on the market right now, and JBL figures the best way to differentiate its new SoundFly is to forgo the one key feature that makes these worth carrying around: a rechargeable battery. Instead, it's designed to permanently hang off an outlet, blocking other devices from… » 11/01/12 12:28pm 11/01/12 12:28pm

It's About Time Airplay Arrived in (the Other) McIntosh

Wireless music might not be the status quo yet, but sooner or later, it will be. Even the snootiest, most elite audio companies will have to come around or perish. So it's pretty significant that McIntosh, the high-fidelity audio giant, joined the party this September with an AirPlay speaker. If the future doesn't… » 10/19/12 9:55am 10/19/12 9:55am

AirPlay Speaker or Surround Sound System? With This Speaker, It's Your…

You might live in a small apartment now, and really only need a single wireless speaker to handle your music needs. But then you move into a bigger better apartment, with a big, beautiful TV and need more audio power. Instead of relegating your trusty AirPlay speaker to second-class status and starting ove on the… » 10/15/12 2:00pm 10/15/12 2:00pm

Libratone Zipp Review: A Sweet-Sounding, Great-Looking Airplay Speaker…

There will be wireless speakers in the future. Whether they will use DLNA, AirPlay, or Bluetooth isn't certain—none of those technologies are quite perfect yet. But some, like Libratone's new Zipp AirPlay speaker, are very close. And it's better the previous Libratone Live in nearly every way. » 10/12/12 5:20pm 10/12/12 5:20pm

Bang & Olufsen's Huge AirPlay Dish Does Not Receive Satellite…

Bang & Olufsen, venerable purveyor of luxury AV products from Denmark, just fired this handsome 27-inch diameter speaker disk into the world. It kind of looks like it could be used to communicate with similar dishes across down. It can't, but it can play music from your DLNA device wirelessly. » 10/04/12 3:00pm 10/04/12 3:00pm

The Libratone Zipp Could Be the Best AirPlay Speaker Yet

Libratone's last AirPlay outing was a beautifully designed dud—it was just way, way too expensive. But their next stab, a compact cylinder wrapped in wool, has the chance to be the best take on AirPlay we've ever seen. » 9/26/12 6:06pm 9/26/12 6:06pm

These Massively Powerful Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Speakers Need to Get…

If you want quality wireless audio, AirPlay is the only way to go. There are plenty of AirPlay speaker systems to choose from, but on style alone the new Bowers and Wilkins A7's handsome design has us sold. And they're freaking powerful too. » 9/20/12 4:01pm 9/20/12 4:01pm

What Is Miracast?

Everyone really likes AirPlay, Apple's Wi-Fi streaming standard that lets you send movies and music from, say, your iPhone to your speakers or Apple TV. Now there's a new standard out to do pretty much the same thing for everyone else. But how is it different from previous attempts? » 9/19/12 1:00pm 9/19/12 1:00pm