Kaiser Baas SoundShift
Kaiser Baas, www.kaiserbaas.com.au
No 5GHz; no Wi-Fi extender
Playing music wirelessly via DLNA or Apple’s AirPlay, Kaiser Baas’ SoundShift connects to your home Wi-Fi network or creates its own.
The palm-sized SoundShift is inconspicuous enough to hide out of the way in hard-to-reach places. It’s powered via a micro-USB port using the supplied 5V adapter. The SoundShift features both a rear 3.5mm AUX output jack and a SP/DIF digital optical output for connecting to powered speakers, as none of the music adapters in this bunch feature a built-in amplifier.
The SoundShift supports 802.11n Wi-Fi networks, but only at 2.4GHz. Once connected, it acts as an AirPlay speaker for easy streaming from iGadgets and computers running iTunes. Alternatively, you can use it as a DLNA speaker and stream music from a wide range of mobile and desktop apps. This is handy if you’re catering to the needs of a blended home rather than an Apple-only environment.
You can install several SoundShifts around your home, all linked to your Wi-Fi network, but it’s not a multi-room audio system and you can’t stream the same song to multiple SoundShifts in sync.
If you don’t have a home Wi-Fi network the SoundShift can generate a Wi-Fi hotspot so you can connect your devices. There’s no built-in Ethernet port, so you can’t connect the SoundShift to your broadband modem and offer wireless internet access throughout your home. Nor can it act as a Wi-Fi extender.