Summary: It is a little clumsy to setup, but given you are joining it to your WIFI with a password - it is pretty darn is necessary. I move it all over the house to play music/podcasts. It would be nice to be battery powered, but because it uses AirPlay and not bluetooth, I can easily switch what device is power it. Sound quality is good.
The best sounding + most reasonably priced AirPlay speaker out there
Bill Gallagher "billga", Amazon
11 July 2013
Summary: I love the sound that Philips products have, they spend a great deal of their engineering effort on it and it shows (sounds?). The upper volume range on this has way more headroom than I generally use, but it's good to know it's there. There are only 4 buttons on the device: on/off, vol+, vol-, and net connect. The net connect button has a little LED in the center of it, and they tell you to press it down until the LED flashes a certain way.
Summary: This unit is pretty solid. Setup is fairly easy, and once set up I have had no issues with it, streams music from our phones and computers with ease. It's pretty much exactly what it claims to be. Sound quality is good, as long as you set your expectations accordingly. Expect it to sound like a quality ipod dock, and you'll be quite satisfied.
Summary: I have been in the market for an AirPlay compatible speaker for a few months and have checked out. There is no limit upwards, like Bang Olufsen or B&W (Zeppelin). I wanted to stay within my $200.- budget. Looked at the Bose, very nice sound, and nice features (battery optional at $35.- for full portability). iHome's sound was disappointing. Today discovered the Philips at Marshalls Home Goods at a super price of...$69.- At that price not much youncan do wrong.
Summary: The speaker was very easy to set up when following the instructions. Then, when I turned my iPad on, the sound blew me away. It was rich and full--much better than I expected for a speaker this size. It works equally well with my iPhone and MacBook. The only negatives are that the sound sometimes drops out for periods of about a second when I am physically moving about the house with my iPhone, especially the farther I get from the speaker.
Summary: First, I admit that I had a little trouble setting this device up - the WPS (aka quick connect) didn't work after several tries, so I gave up in that. I attempted the manual setup next, and while the instructions made it seem complicated it really wasn't, once I figured out that I needed to hold the wireless setup button down closer to 8 second than the 5 suggested by the directions. Once the light goes blinking yellow-green though, it took just a minute to set it up.
Decent Sound from a small package but only if wireless is a must
A Gamer at Heart, Amazon
19 January 2012
Summary: I am not addressing connectivity of these wireless speakers to my home router because there are just too many variables across router and home-based wireless solutions to be certain these speakers will connect to your own wireless network until you try it yourself. That my friends, is where Amazon's tremendous customer service comes into play.
Summary: Summary: I'm happy with this small speaker. I think it is a very good solution for people looking to supplement their existing sound systems and for people with modest audio demands. Update 1/13/12: Some people are reporting significant problems joining WiFi networks or getting various devices to control this speaker. Others are reporting quality control issues. Save for the minor issues listed below, none of these large problems have occurred with our unit.
Summary: The look is sleek, heavy and the sound is truly pretty fantastic with a solid sound range and good highs and deep bass. The volume is controlled with your phone device (or the tiny buttons on the back). It just plugs into the wall and can be played through your Wi-Fi system with the music on your phone. You can also psychically hook your phone up via a USB or the auxilary port. I found one problem. Your phone must have an iOS version of 4.3 or above.
Easy to use, sounds pretty good: great value for money
Victor Eijkhout, Amazon
18 November 2011
Summary: I was looking for a speaker that would connect to the wireless net in my home, not a dock for an iPhone or something. I didn't want to spend a fortune on an Airplay speaker so B&W and such were out. That limits the choice right now to the iHome and this Philips unit. The Philips was $100 cheaper, and is from a reputable brand, so that's what I got. The unit looks very nice. Not cheap at all.