If you want to make your favorite speakers wireless, you have a few options. Nothing on the market, however, is quite like Beep. Launching today, the tiny dial works like a Chromecast for your speakers, and lets you cast tunes from your mobile device over Wi-Fi -- and with none of the range restrictions that affect Bluetooth-based devices. The creation of two ex-Android engineers, the project has financial backing from big names like David Dolby and Alexis Ohanian.
Beep can be connected to any speaker in your home that has a 3.5mm or optical input. Wi-Fi setup is done in a few minutes using an accompanying mobile app, and once connected you're able to pump out the jams in any room of your home directly from your Android or iOS device. Each speaker or amp you want wireless will need its own Beep, and for the time being speakers can't be paired together to create stereo setups like you can with Sonos. You can name each setup by location with things like 'Bedroom' or 'Kitchen' to keep them straight, and everyone on your wireless network is free to connect and rock out.
We had the opportunity to play around with a prototype of Beep this week in San Francisco, read on for our first impressions of the device after the break.