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So far, Logitech's Ultimate Ears acquisition hasn't done much to revolutionise the brand's audio work. UE's catalogue may have opened up a bit to the general public compared to previously, but the Logitech catalogue hasn't budged an inch... Until now. So, has the acquisition produced some real acoustic work, or was it all about the name? That's what we're about to find out... With its last generation of multimedia speakers Logitech unleashed a surprising new design. Before, its products always had a very straight, classic look. Now they've been given a sort of "friendly" make-over, with rounded curves that make them look a little dull and unenticing. And this look has returned with the UE Air Speaker. You can still see hints of straight lines, but they seem to have been forced into rounded edges. The finishing is well done. But unfortunately the materials, while clean, are very basic. Logitech's competitors made the switch from black plastic to nobler materials years ago. And the silvery buttons frankly aren't in the best taste. As far as connectivity and buttons go, there isn't much to report on: the UE Air Speaker supports Ethernet (although users will probably end up making more use of the Wi-Fi) and there's a mini-jack for other audio sources.
The UE Air Speaker is a solid addition to the AirPlay ecosystem, but we think Logitech could have delivered more features and better performance considering the price tag.Logitech has a knack for acquiring good brands and leveraging the heck out of them. The company acquired Ultimate Ears headphones in 2008, and now it's putting that logo on its first AirPlay-compatible iPod speaker dock, the UE Air Speaker. Logitech is no stranger to wireless audio streaming, having acquired Slim Devices and its legendary Squeezebox product line two years prior to the UE acquisition. In fact, we're surprised that it took Logitech so long to jump into the AirPlay space. Now that they're here, it's time to discover if they've delivered anything special.The UE Air Speaker is fabricated largely from glossy black polycarbonate and ABS plastic, with a batwing front and a curvaceous body in the back. A large volume control wheel and two smaller buttons for mute and power are mounted on top of the device. All three of these aluminum knobs are hidden from view when you're looking straight at the speaker. There's an Ethernet port and a 1/8-inch aux input in the back.
The Logitech UE Air bears the Ultimate Ears (UE) moniker previously reserved for the company's in-ear headphones. Operating on Apple's Airplay streaming media platform, the UE Air captures music wirelessly from iOS-powered devices and iTunes software without sacrificing fidelity. An ambitious price tag ($399) may drive you to consider cheaper Bluetooth wireless speakers instead, but the UE Air is worthwhile if room-filling sound is your top concern. The obtuse bend of the low-profile UE Air gives it a shape similar to a stingray, with smooth curves around the glossy black plastic backing that runs all the way around to the covered foam speaker on the front. Its side profile is slim and beautifully contoured, and there isn't much action up front aside from the push-button dock that slides out from the bottom for your iOS devices like an iPhone or an iPad. It also features four rubber feet on the bottom that gives the speaker a slight lift. Flip it around and you'll find an auxiliary input jack that lets you play music from any source with a compatible 3.5mm wire (not included), as well as a power port for the accompanying AC brick, and finally an Ethernet port for a direct connection to a network.
We like Logitech's speakers, and we like AirPlay, Apple's technology for streaming video and uncompressed audio over Wi-Fi. In theory, then, we should like Logitech's first AirPlay speaker, the Logitech UE Air Speaker. And we do - but not without reservations.Let's talk AirPlay first. So long as you have a Wi-Fi network and at least one PC or Mac running iTunes 10.1 or later, or a recent iOS device, you can stream your music to the Logitech UE Air Speaker. With an iOS device, you can stream to one AirPlay target at a time - this speaker, say, or an Apple TV. But fire up iTunes and you can stream to more than one at once, setting the volume independently for each from your PC or Mac, or adjusting the volume on the speaker and having that update on your computer's screen. Rather more impressively, you can pull an iPhone or iPod touch out of your pocket, or pick up your iPad, and use Apple's free Remote app to control the library on your PC or Mac.And because it's then your computer that's doing the heavy lifting, you can pick as many of your AirPlay speakers as your network can cope with, and wander round the house gleefully changing tracks and tweaking the volume for all your speakers from the device in your hand.