The Griffin Twenty audio amplifier for the Airport Express is named such because it is offers a speaker output of twenty watts per channel. But it could be named that because the Griffin Twenty can bring new life to your twenty-year-old speakers.
You know the sort of unpowered speakers we’re talking about—the kind with copper analog wires that clamp awkwardly into round sockets on the back of stereo amplifiers. Spot Cool Stuff has a pair of these up in our attic that we bought in high school. They are still good speakers. But they’ve been rendered obsolete in today’s iPod-and-computer-based digital music world.
Or, they were rendered obsolete until the Griffin Twenty made them relevant again. Plug those old speakers into the back of Twenty, attach an Apple Airport Express wifi base station to the top, and now you can wirelessly stream audio to your old speakers via iTunes, Pandora, last.fm, Spotify or any software or app that follows the AirPlay wireless protocol.
The Griffin Twenty has a sleek-looking volume nob on its base, though you can control the volume remotely too. Also cool: You can plug a powered sub-woofer into the Griffin Twenty to add some extra base.
Griffin Technology hasn’t officially announced pricing on the Griffin Twenty yet, but expect it to be under $200. The Griffin Twenty goes on sale in March 2012.