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Bang & Olufsen's Playmaker receiver lets you stream music with AirPlay or DLNA for $425

Bang & Olufsen's Playmaker receiver lets you stream music with AirPlay or DLNA for $425

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Bang & Olufsen has announced the Playmaker, a wireless receiver that allows users to streaming music via AirPlay or DLNA to the company's high-end speaker systems.

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Bang & Olufsen Playmaker
Bang & Olufsen Playmaker

Bang & Olufsen demonstrated its dedication to mobile devices earlier this year with the introduction of the BeoPlay A3 iPad dock, and now it's taking things a step further with the Playmaker, a wireless audio receiver that will allow users to play music using their choice of AirPlay or DLNA. The device receives audio using either protocol via Wi-Fi or ethernet, and also has a line-in jack for feeding music into it the old-fashioned way.

As for actually listening to that audio, the Playmaker is designed to be used specifically with Bang & Olufsen's own speaker systems, with users able to set up different Playmakers in different rooms for a Sonos-like experience. Setting the Playmaker up on your network is taken care of with the free iOS app, or via web browser. As with most things Bang & Olufsen, it features a unique design, but that comes at a price: $425. Still, for those in the company's ecosystem, it may be a reasonable fee for opening up one's wireless audio options. The Playmaker will be available in the US, Canada, and Mexico later this month.