The soon-to-be-released Raspberry Pi stretches the definition of a PC: the ARM/Linux board is credit card-sized, capable of performing basic computing tasks, and only costs $25 (or $35 for a 256MB model, doubling the RAM of the $25 offering). Oh yeah, it plays 1080p HD video over HDMI, too. It's that last bit that brings us today's news: with the Raspberry Pi's launch looming, the team just released a video showing the board running a fully-working version of XBMC. That's right; it's a $35 1080p HTPC. Not tempting enough? It also supports AirPlay, even sans XBMC.
iHome manufactures dozens of Apple-oriented audio devices, ranging from headphones to speaker docks. The AirPlay-capable iW1 wireless speaker is by far the company’s most advanced product, but its $300 price tag pits it against some tough competition, including the Sonos Play:3.
Sonos arguably builds the best, most affordable multi-room audio system on the market, and the company today announced two new developments that render its product even better. The first is a free Android app that allows you to control its Zone Players with any Android device, and the second is a software update that adds support for Apple’s AirPlay.
B&W was first out of the gate with third-party support for Apple’s AirPlay technology in its new Zeppelin Air speaker dock (read our reviewed here). Now Pioneer is jumping on the bandwagon with a new and relatively inexpensive network- and AirPlay-ready A/V receiver, their model number VSX-1021-K.
In addition to AirPlay support, Pioneer has come up several other very impressive innovations that will make this receiver extremely easy to set up, master, and use on a day-to-day basis. We'll have to wait for a review unit before we can pass judgment on issues such as audio quality, of course.