Conclusion: The Pioneer A3 (XW-SMA3-K) is probably the most versatile wireless streaming speaker we've seen—it's even portable, rechargeable, and water resistant—but it doesn't sound like a $400 system.
Pros: Powerful audio for the size. Streams wireless audio via AirPlay, DLNA, HTC Connect, and Wireless Direct when there is no Wi-Fi signal. Water-resistant, portable, with rechargeable battery.
Cons: Distorts on deep bass tracks at top volumes. Very slow to power up. Overly complicated controls, and set up process is not terribly intuitive.
Conclusion: It’s obvious by the traces of Andrew Jones’s signature all over the SMA3 packaging that Pioneer is proud of their acclaimed speaker engineer, and they should be. The sound the SMA3 reproduces on most styles of music is nothing short of phenomenal.
Excerpt: The A3 has two key advantages over other units in this Group Test (reviews of iHome’s iW1, Logitech’s UE Air Speaker and PURE’s Contour 200i Air to follow). The first is Wi-Fi direct mode; a system that lets the A3 set up its own ad hoc Wi-Fi network that your device can connect to.
Excerpt: Most AirPlay speakers are not very good at what they’re supposed to do: stream music wirelessly between devices and make your life easier in the process. The liberation from wires tends to come with a monstrous configuration headache.
Summary: Most AirPlay speakers have failed at their central purpose. Life is not made easier. Your liberation from wires comes with a monstrous configuration headache. But not with Pioneer's portable XW-SMA3. It finally delivers high-quality wireless audio in an easy, awesome package. You heard right!
Excerpt: Gerade mal 32 Zentimetern misst der Pioneer XW-SMA3 in der Breite. Dieser Airplay -Lautsprecher ist die kleinere Ausgabe des Pioneer XW-SMA4 ( siehe Macwelt-Test ), nur mit dem Unterschied, dass er für den mobilen Betrieb ausgelegt ist.