One of the really cool capabilities in an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch is AirPlay, which lets you stream music and more to wireless speakers or an HDTV. But AirPlay speakers are usually very expensive. One good option for your home entertainment center is the $99 Apple TV, especially if you use iOS devices and a higher-end stereo system with HDMI or optical inputs.
But for the rest of the house, you want something simpler that still sounds good. Soundfreaq has two impressive wireless stereos with good sound, stylish looks, and broad compatibility. The $180 Sound Platform SFQ-01 is compact but doesn't have the tinny sound found in most compact stereos. You can wirelessly transmit music over Bluetooth to it from iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices, as well as dock an iPhone or iPod Touch directly into it. It also has an auxiliary port for connecting pretty much any audio device via cable, and it has a built-in FM radio tuner. My only gripe is that the remote's shiny black finish and small button text makes it hard to figure out what to press; you'll likely want to use its iOS remote control app instead on your mobile device.
For even better sound, check out Soundfreaq's larger $400 Sound Stack, which could replace a traditional stereo in many homes and lets you dock an iPad in it. Plus, it has a remote control app for both Android and iOS. But skip the midsize $150 Sound Step: Although it can dock an iPad, its sound quality is disappointing.
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