Who needs pesky power cords, anyway? JBL’s new Soundfly Air and Soundfly BT wireless speakers tap your wall sockets directly, drawing the juice they need to fill your room with sweet sounding music.
The diminutive speakers measure just shy of 3-inches high, 7-inches wide and about 3 5/8-inches deep. You might think such a tiny speaker would necessarily produce a tiny sound, but JBL says the Soundfly comes packing a 20-watt amp and a user-adjustable DSP chip for optimizing the sound to match a variety of room scenarios. The rated frequency response is 60Hz-20kHz, which seems a little optimistic. Still, if the Soundfly sounds anything like NuForce’s Cube, it could be pretty impressive.
The Soundfly Air will work with Apple’s AirPlay on compatible devices such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The Soundfly BT uses Bluetooth wireless technology, which should appease just about every other mobile device owner. The AirPlay-enabled version, of course, costs more. JBL has the Soundfly Air listed at $200 and the Soundfly BT at $180.
Tell us what you think in the comments below: is this a practical/necessary idea? Wall outlets in kitchens and bathrooms are usually fairly close to ear-height, but are often taken up by other appliances. The rest of the outlets in a house usually live around shin level — not exactly an ideal location for a sound source. This begs the question: are power cords really all that pesky?