The playGo AP1 is an Airplay®-enabled receiver that wirelessly streams audio from iOS devices to speaker systems through WiFi or Ethernet. The audio output circuitry used in the playGo AP1 can traditionally be found only in audio equipment that is priced at $1,000 and higher. In addition to providing true Hi-Fi quality and plug and play usability, the playGo AP1 is a fully featured audio player platform that supports audio streaming from almost all your media sources by combining DLNA support with AirPlay technology in one elegant package.
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Who we are
The Connecticut-based playGo team
has been designing products for other companies for over 20 years and are
industry experts in digital signal processing-based designs.
Key playGo team members:
Burcu is our art director and
adds color to everything we do.
Charles is our electrical and
mechanical guru. He can make complex
circuits fit into all sorts of small places!
Ekin is our relentless leader and
Geraldt is our intern and is quickly
becoming a pro at beta testing our products.
Tamer is the lead software
engineer and makes the playGo AP1 sing.
is our firmware engineer that provides the glue between the hardware and the
We (BICOM) have always been an
engineering firm, specializing in product design for other companies. Last summer we decided to release our very own
product and one WE are passionate about! That is how the playGo brand got
started. The playGo brand is focused on
providing extremely high audio quality in a simple and elegant form.
Story behind playGo
The playGo team's goal has always been the
ability to send high quality audio, wirelessly, to your stereo with ease. The
playGo brand kicked off in 2011 with the playGo USB, a high-end wireless audio
product. playGo USB has been a great
first product for us, garnering rave reviews, but has been very expensive to
manufacture because each unit is machined out of Corian.
Due to the high demand and limited production
capability of the playGo USB we want to make our next product, the playGo AP1,
more attainable by all of our fans. We
are excited to make the playGo AP1 significantly more affordable while
maintaining the quality of the product and overall sound reproduction. To achieve this, we need to invest in higher
quantities of components as well as working with alternative materials.
Where the idea came from
The product we are presenting is
our next generation playGo product named the playGo AP1. Featuring Apple® AirPlay®
technology, the playGo AP1 allows you to stream your music at the touch of a
button. AirPlay is built into all current iOS devices (iPhone®, iPad®,
etc.) and will sync up and connect automatically when you have a playGo AP1 in
your home network.
No accessories or
special apps are required. In fact, most of your favorite music apps such as
Pandora®, Rhapsody®, and Spotify® have AirPlay
support built right in.
a great way to wirelessly transmit audio, but we felt it was missing two key
ingredients – plug-and-play setup and true high-end audio quality. We experimented with existing AirPlay products
and were frustrated and disappointed by the complex setup, limited connectivity
options, and, most of all, the sound quality.
Almost all third-party AirPlay products on the market are tied to
speakers of questionable quality. More
importantly, they do not allow you to retrofit your existing stereo or powered
With the playGo AP1, older
devices aren’t left behind! The playGo
AP1 has a USB port for connection to the iOS device. This allows legacy iOS devices to transmit
high-quality audio to a receiver or powered speakers.
On top of everything else, we built the playGo
AP1 on a future-proof audio platform to be compatible with new technologies.
Our playGo AP1 hardware is firmware-upgradeable, allowing for the easy addition
of new features. Most importantly, the
playGo AP1 supports DLNA audio streaming.
DLNA streaming is a widely adopted standard that allows you transmit audio
from other DLNA compliant products, such as your computer and network attached
What stage is at now?
We spent the last six months
designing the circuit and firmware. The
playGo team have been putting the working prototype units through their paces, and
enjoying every minute of it!
We are well versed with high-end audio system designs from other project design experiences and are excited to create our own branded product. Our goal is to obtain certification of the playGo AP1 and bring it to the market at an affordable price point. As soon as we can reach our
pledge goal we can release our purchase order on the plastic molds and begin
purchasing all the key components to make the playGo AP1. Realistically, we are about five months from shipping
How do we feel about it?
We absolutely love the ability to listen to a song
continuously from our iPhone to our home stereo without interruption. For example, you just came in from a run, and
as you take off your headphones, with the playGo AP1, you can continue
listening to the same song through your stereo. We feel so passionate about this
product that we are doing everything we can to make it accessible to all our
family, friends and fans. AirPlay has
never sounded so good!
How does playGo need YOU?
We are asking for your support of the playGo AP1
by investing in or “backing” our idea on Kickstarter. With your assistance, we
can gather the capital required to be able to bring playGo AP1 to the market at
an affordable price.
support will contribute towards producing higher quantities of playGo AP1, obtain
the exhaustive certifications and approvals, and pay for manufacturing costs
associated with this high quality design.
The beauty of funding the playGo AP1 project is that it is a gift that
will keep on giving!
After the playGo AP1 is released, we will pursue our product
roadmap for the addition of numerous features that extend far beyond AirPlay technology.
playGo AP1 Technical Specifications
Wired and Wireless Network Connectivity
Lossless Hi-Fi Audio Support
- 802.11b/G Wireless
- One 10/100 Ethernet port
- WPS Connect Support
Digital Audio Support
- Up to 24-bit / 96kHz native audio
- Burr-Brown SRC4193 upsampling
- First company in USA to use the NEW 32-Bit Burr-Brown PCM5102
- 112dB signal to noise ratio
- 112dB A-weighted dynamic range
- 2.1VRMS output on gold plated RCA connectors
- TOSLINKTM Digital Audio Output
Supported audio formats
- Apple AirPlay Technology
- Microsoft® Play To
- USB Audio for playback of digital audio from iOS devices
- Charge iOS devices including the iPad
- UPnP & DLNA Support
User Interface & Control
- Apple Lossless
- Capacitive-touch sensitive buttons
- Fixed or variable volume adjustment
- Pulsing RGB LEDs to indicate connection and
- Built-in hidden IR Receiver for remote control
- Control4 Driver
Apple, AirPlay, iPad, iPhone, and iTunes are registered
trademarks of Apple Inc.
Pandora is a registered trademark of Pandora.
playGo is a registered trademark of BICOM, Inc.
Rhapsody is a registered trademark of Rhapsody
Spotify is a registered trademark of Spotify Ltd.
Microsoft, is a registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation
in the United States and/or other countries.
TOSLINK is a registered trademark of Toshiba.
Like what you hear?
The opening song is by The Rhombus.
The second song is by Broke for Free