Make your speakers wireless with Beep
Beep is an innovation of two former Google engineers, which might look like a stylishly over-sized volume control but is actually a way to hook up your existing speakers to your Wi-Fi network and stream music from your Smartphone or Tablet.
Compatible with pretty much the whole spectrum of speakers on the market whether high-end or budget; Beep will work with yours so long as your speaker or receiver has a 3.5mm AUX, RCA, or optical input. The unit itself (available in Metallic Gun metal or Copper) is power via a Micro-USB port on the rear, and an included power adapter.
Beep is Easy to Use
Using Beep seems simple enough – touching the dial starts where you left off, playing your most recent station or playlist. And as you might expect, turning the dial allows you to adjust the volume (although you might prefer to do this from your phone); whilst switching it off is as simple as tapping the dial again.
There are two ways to get music streaming via Beep: via Beeps own app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices and allows you to play music stored on your phone; or through Pandora, a Beep-ready music streaming service only available (legally) within the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
In future and certainly if they want to capitalise on the UK market (there is no release date for international shipments yet, so we’re probably looking at end of this year or 2015 before it’s available here, if at all) they will need to sign up more music services if they want to compete with Sonos, which supports Spotify, TuneIn, Napster, Pandora & so much more.