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Aperion ARIS Wireless Speaker for Windows 7&8 Now Shipping!

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Aperion ARIS Wireless Speaker

Aperion ARIS Wireless Speaker

Summary

  • Product Name: ARIS Wireless Speaker
  • Manufacturer: Aperion Audio
  • Review Date: October 04, 2012 06:25
  • MSRP: $499
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
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  • Frequency Response: 65 Hz to 20 kHz (+/- 3dB)
  • Impedance: N/A
  • Sensitivity: N/A
  • Recommended Power: 120V – 240V AC
  • Amplifier Power: Total 100W RMS (4x25W Class D Amplifiers with DSP)
  • Tweeter: Two 1” Neodymium, Soft-Dome Silk Tweeters
  • Midrange Woofer: Two 4" woven fiberglass drivers, with butyl rubber suspension, Two 4" Passive Radiators
  • Driver Configuration: 2-Way
  • Enclosure Type: 4mm brushed aluminum cabinet
  • Dimensions: 6.5” H x 14.75” W x 6.5” D
  • Weight: 11.3 lbs

Features

  • Single-piece brushed aluminum enclosure

  • Adjustable and removable steel base

  • 100 W RMS total power

  • Six internal speakers (four powered drivers, two passive radiators)

  • Three sound modes: natural, bass boost and enhanced stereo

  • Push-button connection to home network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup

  • Compatible with Windows 7 (Compatible with Windows 8 pending)

  • DLNA certified

Executive Overview

Aperion Audio, who is known for making loudspeakers and delling them direct-to-consumer, has done something different. It's developed a wireless speaker for Windows. That's right, not for AirPlay, but for Windows devices. We previously reported on how Aperion gave  Microsoft employees a sneak preview of this newest wireless speaker,; Aperion ARIS. The ARIS lets digital music lovers listen to their tunes from any room in their home. They simply place the speaker where they want it and connect via wireless or Ethernet to their home network using the Windows 7 or 8 operating system.  This product is now officially shipping and here are the details.

ARIS front

Most people today store their music on a variety of digital devices, including desktops, laptops, notebook PCs, network storage drives, tablets and smartphones. These devices are usually on the home network, but users can listen to music only on a device that is physically plugged into a powered speaker or stereo system. The ARIS wireless speaker eliminates the need to move music files between devices or plug and unplug cables to hear specific tracks. Using the Windows 7 'Play To' feature, music lovers can send music from any device on the network to an ARIS speaker located where they want to listen.

ARIS rear

"The ARIS Wireless Speaker combines our experience in making wireless speaker systems with the media capabilities of the Windows operating system. The result is effortless listening from any room. Plus, with the new ARIS app, smartphone users can choose music from any device on their network and instantly send it to any connected ARIS speaker."

- Mike Hopkins, Product Development Manager at Aperion Audio

What we can't figure out is - is this absolutely brilliant, or the work of a Mac-hating lunatic (just kidding!). ARIS connects to a home network at the push of a button using Wi-Fi Protected Setup. The all-in-one ARIS speaker system itself includes six internal drivers and four amplifiers that provide a total of 100 watts (RMS) of power. The brushed aluminum enclosure measures 6.5" high by 14.75" wide and is designed to fill most small to medium-size rooms with full-range, distortion-free stereo sound.

ARIS top

Key Features 

  • Single-piece brushed aluminum enclosure

  • Adjustable and removable steel base

  • 100 W RMS total power

  • Six internal speakers (four powered drivers, two passive radiators)

  • Three sound modes: natural, bass boost and enhanced stereo

  • Push-button connection to home network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup

  • Compatible with Windows 7 (Compatible with Windows 8 pending)

  • DLNA certified

The Aperion ARIS Speaker with ARIS Wireless Card for Windows is priced at $499. Pre-orders will be accepted starting today (May 8, 2012), and the system is expected to ship mid-June 2012. The one-year limited warranty covers all defects in material and workmanship.

For more information, visit AperionAudio.com or call 888-880-8992.

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hmurchison posts on May 09, 2012 11:32
Pure Markitecture

This speaker uses DLNA which is cross platform so it's not really a Windows speaker but I guess Marketing wants to someone become the “first” Windows speaker.

At $499 it better sound damn good.
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