Any plans for a powered version of the Algonquin? I'd certainly like a set I could put outside that I did not have to run speaker cables to an amp but feed them from a DLNA device / portable media player etc. Sort of a cross between the Algonquin and the AudioBytes.
I know that the wireless ones with built in amp have been put on the back burner, since Axiom couldn't make the wireless audio reliable. Still, ones with a built in DLNA or Airplay client would seem to avoid the "unreliable wireless" problem. And would be generally awesome.
I'd suggest that you would not want to build into the speakers any "wireless / dlna" tech as it changes all the time... Just a combo of speaker and amp t which you can add your own source.
It's a very interesting question! It's challenging to guess what the bigger paint point is - speaker cable being run from a receiver, or AC being run to the speakers. A poll for you to weigh in on, then, and if you can post whether you are expecting to play music from a computer-based server, or if simply want to get an analog signal from your existing stereo to a speaker wirelessly, that will also be enlightening for us.
Most of the time I want speaker cables to power my speakers from an amp and I do so with my M60s,VP150,QS8,EP500 and one set of Algonquin and the deck.
That changes however if I want
1) a more relocatable / portable solution / overcome a long run, or
2) to drive them from a portable media player or wireless DLNA style device
Both of the above can be done with the AudioBytes (which I also have) but they are not suitable for outside locations (both underpowered and not waterproof).
For connecting to a source I'd suggest that the Standard Speaker/Amp package then has some options that could be offered such as:
1) DLAN Wireless Device
2) ...shudder....ipod dock
...just please don't build it into the package as these are the bits that become redundant well before a good speaker and it's amp....