My thanks to Griffin for sponsoring last week’s DF RSS feed. Griffin’s brand-new Evolve wireless sound system is now available, and it’s pretty sweet. (Griffin sent me a demo unit.)
Here’s the short version: The base station has an iPod port, charging pads for the speakers, and a few simple audio and video in/out ports on the back. It’s super-simple to set up and start using. The speakers are completely wireless — just pick them up and put them wherever you want, up to 150 feet away from the base station. The remote control works via RF, so it doesn’t need line-of-sight to the base station — at my house the remote’s range is at least equal to the range of the speakers. To my ears, audio quality is equivalent to that of a typical (wired) shelf unit — not much bass and far “smaller” than what you get from a real stereo, but way better than any wireless speakers I’ve ever heard.
Full reviews: Jeremy Horwitz gives Evolve an A- at iLounge, and CNet gives it an 8/10.
★ Sunday, 25 November 2007