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AudioEngine AW1 wireless music system

Transmission impossible?

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Review It's not often wireless music streaming comes as easily as AudioEngine's AW1 makes it. Open the box, plug the transmitter and receiver in, select a track and press play. Audio across the room in...oh, under a minute.

The AW1 pack comprises two almost identical units: the rocket-iconed transmitter and the planet-themed receiver. Geddit?!?! They're both shiny black lozenges about the size of a box of matches with a standard-sized USB port at one end on a 1cm lead.

AudioEngine AW1

AudioEngine's AW1: wireless music, in an instant

AudioEngine also supplies a single, USB-ported AC adaptor and a trio of audio cables: two with a 3.5mm jack at either end, and a third that runs connects a 3.5mm jack to a pair of RCA stereo sockets. There's an instruction sheet too, but we figure that, being Register readers, you won't reach for that yet.

We plugged the transmitter into a MacBook Pro and selected it as the machine's sound output in Mac OS X's Sound System Preferences pane. You'd do much the same with a Windows box. We plugged the receiver into the AC adaptor and cabled it to a pair of Logitech powered speakers.

And, as we say, within 60 seconds of opening the box we had a variety of Bach cello concerti blasting out across the office, annoying more sensitively eared Vultures in the process.

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