Belkin has announced a new audio accessory that enables iPhone owners to add AirPlay 2 connectivity to any speaker or pair of speakers.
The new Soundform Connect Audio is a dongle that can connect to your existing audio equipment via a 3.5 mm or optical port. From there, you’ll be able to stream your tunes directly to earlier dumb speakers.
It is priced at $ 99.99 / £ 89.99, which is slightly more expensive than the discontinued Google Chromecast Audio Dongle, it can be compared. He was only £ 35. However, for Apple users, this is a great option if you have good, non-connected speakers or other audio devices that you have no desire to upgrade. This is a great, though expensive option for creating a multi-room audio set-up.
The device will be visible to the speaker within the audio options on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Belkin says the new accessory will support CD-quality sampling rates of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz.
Given that Apple has just declared Apple Music lossless as a free upgrade for customers, there is a chance that it could be a perfect companion. However, thus far, Apple has no means of wirelessly transmitting lossless tracks via AirPods or HomePod, let alone a third-party dongle.
The device is plug-and-play, so there is no complicated set-up. It can be plugged into a receiver, a speaker (active or passive) or a TV sound bar or sound system. There is no information on how it is connected to the Wi-Fi network, but we will assume that it is controlled by the Belkin app.
The item is Now available for pre-order With delivery to the US in June. The UK website simply states that the device is “coming soon”. At £ ८ ९.९९ it’s not much cheaper than buying one of the best smart speakers like the HomePod Mini, but it’s still likely to be a popular device for some people who want to upgrade their legacy speakers .