48: B&W Z2
If you’re in the market for an AirPlay speaker, don’t audition the $400 Bowers & Wilkins Z2 unless you’re prepared to buy one. After you hear it, you won’t want anything less.
The Z2 looks beautiful and sounds even better. In addition to supporting Apple’s AirPlay wireless music-streaming technology, the Z2 has a Lightning connector so you can connect your newer iPhone or iPod directly to the speaker. Dual 20-watt amplifiers power a pair of 3.5-inch full-range speakers that deliver exceptional clarity and terrific bass response.
We haven’t heard anything better in this price range.