Summary: I never write reviews but i'm compelled to write one for this speaker just because I have such a love hate relationship with it....and have a few tips to help out other people having my issue (at the end). The love is few and far between but when I love it, i really really love it. Now i'm not an audiophile, but i do listen to a lot of music and have several sound systems depending on what i need them for.
Good sound for the money. Airplay performance spotty.
NIKI FAN, Amazon
7 August 2013
Summary: We've wanted to replace the Geneva Sound model S for awhile, since it only supports the 30-pin connector. When we found the G-17 airplay speak for $152 we just had to pull the trigger. The setup is relatively easy - don't follow the printed manual, instead download the app on your iOS device and it will be a breeze. Sound: It sounds great for a $150 set. However, to my and my wife's untrained ears, the 3-year old Geneva with only two drivers actually sound better.
Summary: I saw this on sale for $160 and took another look at it and decided to buy it. Setting this up was a little problematic, but it was partially my fault. I have two wireless networks in my house. One is my personal network running on 802.11n, the other is a guest network running on 802.11g. Since this is 802.11g only, I decided to set it up on the guest network. The problem was, I forgot the guest network password when I got to that part of the configuration.
Summary: This was our first airplay speaker, so we did quite a bit of research and ended up spending the $$$ for the Klipsch G17 for what we perceived to be exceptional quality. We live in a remote area and did not have the luxury of listening to any speakers prior to ordering, so we had to base our purchase on reviews like these.
Summary: The sound is impressive at low to ~80% but after that there is some distortion. The main issue for me is that I cannot leave it on and have it stay connected to iTunes. In my environment I leave iTunes running on my media PC all the time and just pause or play using the iTunes remote app. So I would expect to be able to leave the speaker on and have it work hours or days later when I press play again.
Summary: The Klipsch speaker delivers a great sound and works fine with your Airplay connected device IF the speaker is in the same room as your wifi router! I bought this product to stream music in my bedroom, next to my living room where my wifi dual band router is, even with a good signal in the bedroom the playback kept on cutting! after a firmware update and a configuration of the wifi router to prioritize the Klipsch G-17 access, the problem remains.
Summary: AirPlay works nice. Pretty easy to set up but the sound quality is not great. For the money there are many $100 units out there that sound the same. I thought I would pay extra and have real nice sound. Klipsch is supposed to be a great brand. Didn't live up to it.
Summary: 3 stars because I'm picky when it comes to "good" sound. At around the low $200's, this is a pretty nice AirPlay wireless speaker. At around $300, it's getting into Bose territory and I haven't had a chance to listen to the Soundlink II yet. At it's list price of $549, it would definitely not be worth it.