Griffin launched the Twenty Audio Amplifier for Airport Express at CES 2012 today. This isn’t your dad’s amplifier. It’s small, sleek, and efficient. It is an audio amplifier that uses an Airport Express to capture the AirPlay stream, decode it, then send the lossless, amplified sound through speakers. It can do this from iTunes or any other AirPlay-enabled app such as Pandora or Spotify to the user’s speakers through a low-profile digital amplifier. It comes equipped with a power connection and mount for the Airport Express. The 2.1 channel sound system with 20 watts output per channel are nothing to scoff at, and it also supports a powered subwoofer with an automatic active crossover at 80 Hz.
Here is more details:
• Class D Stereo Amplifier – TI PurePath™
• Input: S/PDIF optical, TOSLINK connector (included)
• Outputs: Spring-loaded right & left channel connectors; RCA subwoofer connector
• Sensitivity: 0.34 dBFS for 20 watts (Volume control set to max.)
• Power: 20 watts per channel into 8 ohms @0.08% THD, both channels driven
• Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20kHz, +0, -0.34 dB
• Signal-to-Noise ratio: 95 dB
• Crosstalk: -71 dB
• Left + Right sub-bass audio
• Autoswitching when powered subwoofer is detected
• Power: Line-level output (2V rms at 0 dBFS input)
• High-Pass Filter: 80 Hz 2nd order Linkwitz-Riley applied to L+R channels
• Low-Pass Filter: 80 Hz 2nd order Linkwitz-Riley applied to subwoofer output
• 100 – 240 VAC @ 50/60 Hz supplies both amp and power connection for Airport Express.
No word yet on availability but keep an eye on Griffin for more details.