How many journalists does it take to set up a wireless audio system? Hopefully just one; the same number required to screw a couple AudioBulbs, a new LED light and speaker system from GiiNii International, into a couple lamps or light fixtures. Once paired with an AudioBulb base station (pictured above), which doubles as an iPod dock, you have a complete wireless audio system with minimum setup time.
The AudioBulb system, which will retail for $300 and include two AudioBulbs and a base station, was unveiled at the recent Pepcom press-only Holiday Spectacular event in New York. Up to eight AudioBulbs can be controlled with a base station, which has a standard 30-pin iPodconnector as well as a 3.5mm input jack for audio from other sources. Additional AudioBulbs are $100 each.
The 5-watt LED in each AudioBulb offers the same illumination as a 60-watt incandescent bulb and will last for about 10 years or 30,000 hours of use, according to GiiNii. The wireless audio system can be configured into two zones so that brightness and volume can be adjusted for different parts of a system. For example, the audio volume and LED brightness can be kept low in bedrooms while music plays louder and the lamps burn brighter elsewhere.
The wireless system has a range of 50 to 100 feet from the base station, which can be controlled with an included remote control. The AudioBulb system will ship in October but can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.
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