"A Miracle Worker"
Send music wirelessly from your iPod to any music system with Audioengine's W2 Premium Wireless Adapter for iPod. The W2 provides CD-quality stereo sound.
The W2 is easy to use and super-simple to hook up. Plug the included digital transmitter into your iPod and connect the included receiver to your stereo. That's all there is to it.
You'll have complete control of your music from your iPod. So there's no need to learn how to use a separate remote and no new remote to lose in the couch cushion. And you'll never have to go to a base station to change volume or songs.
"From Sealed Box to Music in 3-1/2 Minutes"
"One of the wonderful things about this system, in addition to the excellent sound quality, is the fact that it was one of the easiest setups I have ever seen," reports Dane in a January 8, 2009 review for WhatsOniPhone.com. "It's really quite foolproof and I went from a sealed box to listening to music streamed over the system in about 3-1/2 minutes."
"If you are itching to go wireless, but donít want to compromise on sound quality, then the Audioengine W2 will be like a miracle worker," raves Bill at iPhoneWord.ca on November 22, 2009.
It's Your 'Dockless Dock'
Think of the Audioengine W2 as your 'dockless dock.' With a rock-solid wireless connection that beats Bluetooth, FM, and many other 2.4 MHz systems, the AW2 is pre-configured out of the box so there are no buttons to push and no software to configure. Your iPod and all its controls are right there with you, and you can also add extra receivers to other audio systems around the house and 'hop' among them. The W2 is unobtrusive and easily fits on the back of any stereo system.
The Audioengine W2 sets a new level of quality and ease-of-use for wireless audio. Even if you're not an audiophile, you'll still hear a difference! You'll experience your music with no dropouts, static, or noise. Some pretty clever engineering keeps your music free from interference from wireless routers, cordless and mobile phones, microwave ovens, Bluetooth, and WiFi devices.
The W2 uses error-tolerant coding that incorporates forward error correction (FEC) coding. FEC ensures that lost bits can be completely reconstructed for common interfererce and sources of bit errors. The coding is optimized for lossless performance against common and known interferers. FEC also enables error detection so the system knows when and where data is corrupted. It is analogous to techniques employed on Redbook CDs where the laser head incurs bit-errors as a result of imperfections in the pickup of data from the optical media.
For longer duration interference, the W2 employs sample interleaving and sample error concealment (SEC). This allows the W2 to compensate gradually during periods of increasing signal degradation, thus minimizing audible discontinuities. When encountering interference bursts (up to 6ms in duration), SEC can recover every alternate sample, after which the hardware DSP performs linear interpolation to recover lost samples.
Dynamic Frequency Selection
The W2 employs intelligent, Dynamic Frequency Selection. The system avoids interference by constantly monitoring the entire 2.4 GHz spectrum, choosing the channel that can achieve the cleanest transmission. As conditions on a currently occupied channel deteriorate, the system detects this, and switches channels (in under 20 ms) without any interruption in the audio stream.
Packet error concealment (PEC) ensures there are no jump discontinuities in the audio stream during periods of severe interference, giving the system time to find a clean channel.
Dynamic Transmit Power Control
The W2 employs dynamic transmit power control. This means that the W2 is transmitting with only as much power as required to successfully maintain a clear audio connection. This makes the W2 coexist better with other 2.4 GHz devices, including WLAN, BT, and other Audioengine wireless devices.
Combats RF Fading
The W2 combats RF fading, or multi-path-induced signal-strength fluctuations, by natively supporting antenna diversity. Support for dual antennas allows the system to 'navigate' around zones of decreased signal strength by creating four possible antenna-to-antenna paths for the system to choose from on a continual basis. The end-result is an overall improvement in audio signal robustness due to an improved link margin.
"If you are itching to go wireless, but donít want to compromise on sound quality, then the Audioengine W2 will be like a miracle worker."
- Bill, iPhoneWord.ca, November 22, 2009
"One of the wonderful things about this system, in addition to the excellent sound quality, is the fact that it was one of the easiest setups I have ever seen. It's really quite foolproof and I went from a sealed box to listening to music streamed over the system in about 3-1/2 minutes."
"According to Audioengine, the AW2 works with the iPod classic, the first and second generation iPod touch, the second to fourth generation iPod is. As described above, it worked flawlessly with my iPod touch. But what about the iPhone? In my experience many devices that are said not to work with the iPhone ultimately do work with it. Yes, at times you get that hard "buzz" by the rest of the time it works. I decided to try it and, while I was not surprised to find it gave me the message that the device is not supported, in my use of it I did not hear any of the GSM buzz."
"But wait, it gets better. As always finishing up this review my curiosity was piqued. I went and plugged the device back into my iPhone. Once again no buzz at all. I then called my cell phone from our land line. Lo and behold, the music faded out in the phone began to ring. When I hung up the phone and music started again automatically just as I'd hoped it might. While there is no guarantee that it will work with the iPhone under every condition it's certainly nice to know that this is an option, as well."
- Dane, WhatsOniPhone.com, January 8, 2009