When Apple announced AirPlay last week, I figured that although it was a neat concept, I wasn’t sure who else was going to pick up on it. Apparently, the answer is Denon. From the official page:
Network Ready For Web Audio, Photo and Multi-Media PC Connectivity
Via the RJ-45 wired LAN connection to your broadband home network, the AVR-4311CI opens up a whole word of content choices, including subscription music services Rhapsody and Napster, internet radio via Pandora, photo viewing via flickr, and access to photos, music tracks and videos on your DLNA-compatible multi-media home PC. That LAN connection also allows for web control, and there’s also an RS-232C serial port for custom integration with 3rd party whole home control systems. Coming in the Fall of 2010 is a planned upgrade that provides Apple iTunes AirPlay compatibility that lets you stream your favorite music to the AVR-4311CI.
Impressive. It’s not a cheap receiver at $1,999, but it’s been so long since I’ve looked at home stereo stuff that I have no clue if that’s good or not. Regardless, the fact that they integrated AirPlay into it is pretty damned cool.