Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

Eve introduced it’s releasing a $149.95 AirPlay 2 receiver known as the Eve Play — its first audio gadget — on November 14th. Although a bit of dear, the receiver appears aimed toward audiophiles: it’s bought optical, coaxial, and RCA audio outputs, 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, a built-in DAC, and an ethernet port.

Eve says you possibly can regulate latency between audio system robotically or manually utilizing the Eve app’s Audio Sync function should you’re discovering multiroom audio isn’t completely synchronized. Customers will want an iPhone or iPad to make use of it, in addition to a house community to attach it to both through Wi-Fi or ethernet.

The Eve Play has an incredible set of outputs for quite a lot of setups, however no inputs. Picture: Eve

Wi-fi receivers like this with AirPlay 2 help are few and much between, and it’s a disgrace as a result of Apple Residence customers are in any other case restricted to no matter producers like Sonos and Apple itself suppose is nice sound. There are a couple of choices, like shopping for a used second-generation AirPort Specific or Belkin’s SoundForm Join Audio, however the closest comparability might be LinkPlay Expertise’s WiiM Professional.

Just like the Eve Play, the WiiM Professional prices $149, presents many audio output choices, and consists of an ethernet port. However the WiiM Professional additionally helps Chromecast Audio and native streaming over DLNA, and it has audio in ports, so you may also use it as a preamp for, say, a turntable. The Eve Play has no inputs and solely presents AirPlay 2 help, making it much less versatile total.

The Eve Thermo Management sensor. Picture: Eve

Eve additionally introduced its new Matter-compliant Thermo Management wi-fi temperature sensor, a conveyable thermostat for the EU-only Eve Thermo sensible radiator valve, letting the valve function primarily based on ambient room temperature, not the temperature on the valve itself. The Thermo Management sensor has an e-ink show and capacitive buttons for setting your goal temperature. Will probably be obtainable for €79.95 on November 14th.

The corporate has additionally introduced it’s releasing a Matter firmware improve for its Eve MotionBlinds, which is able to deliver the corporate’s Adaptive Shading function to the sensible shades. Eve says the improve will come on November 14th as properly.

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