Don’t throw away those old speakers just yet

The Griffin Twenty lets you use your old speakers with your new smart devices via Bluetooth

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SASKATOON, SK, May 1, 2015/ Troy Media/ – The Griffin Twenty was one of my favourite devices when it came out in 2012. The newest iteration takes the device to the next level in terms of ease of use and increased functionality.

The Twenty is a digital amplifier that, as the name suggests, puts out 20 watts per channel. What makes the Twenty so great is that you can plug a pair of speakers into the device and stream music wirelessly from your smart device via Bluetooth. It has plug-and-play compatibility with a wide range of devices, from smartphones and tablets to game consoles and TVs. The included TOSLINK optical cable lets you attach it to AppleTV or Apple’s Airport Express.

Old speakers rejuvenated

Setup is dead easy. You plug your speaker wires into the back of the Twenty – including your subwoofer if you have one – pair the Twenty with your smartphone and start playing your music. Once you’re paired, reconnecting it is as simple as pressing the quick connect button on the front of the Twenty.

This is a great device for those of us who had non-powered speakers lying around the house that we no longer use. At my cottage, I can connect a pair of Bose outdoor speakers to the Twenty. I can then stream my content from my iPhone to those speakers without having the phone docked.

The Twenty uses a high-end AAC/aptX audio streaming digital codecs; this offers audio quality indistinguishable from wired audio quality. The result is crisp and clean sound regardless of where you’re streaming it from. It takes convenience to a whole new level.

The Twenty comes in white, black and chrome, and at 27.3cm W x 12cm D x 6.35cm H, it can sit on a desk.

Bluetooth’s range of about 30 feet combined with the 20 watts of output means that you’ve got lots of volume that you can control from far away, so you don’t need to have the Twenty in close proximity.

TECH SPECS: Power: 20 watts per channel into 8 ohms @ 0.08 per cent THD, both channels driven; Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0, -0.34 dB; Signal-to-Noise ratio: 95 dB; Crosstalk: -71 dB; Sensitivity: -9.4 dBFS for 20 watts (volume control set to max).

You can get the Griffin Twenty from its website for US$149.99, and for a short time, they’re offering the Twenty with two bookshelf speakers for US$299.99. The Twenty with two bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer is available for US$599.99. Shipping and taxes and extra. Griffin products are available in Canada at a wide variety of stores – check to see if they have the Twenty in stock before you go, because it’s not available in all locations.

PROS: Repurpose old non-powered speakers; connects to Apple TV; Bluetooth connectivity; decent price; great sound.

CONS: A little hard to find in Canada; there can be some Bluetooth interference.

TO SUM IT UP: The Griffin Twenty lets you use your old speakers with your new smart devices via Bluetooth. Repurpose those old speakers so that you can listen to all your tunes on your smart device or connect to Apple TV to streak content from your computer through speakers you’ve connected to the Twenty – including a sub woofer. I know it’s going to be one of my favourite devices for 2015 already.

Troy Media columnist Murray Hill reviews products weekly. You can follow Murray on Twitter at @MurrayDHill.

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