UPDATED – CES 2009: Send wireless HD quality audio between any devices with the i2i Stream

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One of the CES 2009 innovation awards this year went to the i2i Stream which was initally explained very badly to me at the booth. I’ll endeavour to do a better job of telling you why this little device is indeed an excellent gadget.

The Stream does what it begins to say on the tin. The system consists of two identical mini terminals which stream uncompressed HD quality audio wirelessly at 2.4GHz from one to the other. It doesn’t matter which you choose to send with and which you use to receive. That can be switched at the touch of a button.

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The terminals come with 3.5mm jacks which you then plug into whatever devices you wish to stream your audio between whether that be your mp3 player and your stereo, your home stereo to your headphones, your computer to your headphones, your TV to your stereo, your games console to your stereo, whatever you like. Getting the picture?

They’ve got a wireless range of over 30ft, you get 5-7 hours of battery life out of them and, when they’re out, you charge them up through USB. The idea is that they’re incredibly portable, so you can even take them round your mates house and latch onto their whatever they might be streaming from one of the pairs by adding the third terminal of your own, because, you see, you can link as many receivers as you like to a single transmitter.

They’re out in America now for $119 but I notice they have an EU patent, so it’s only a matter of time before we see them in the UK too.

UPDATE: Joy of joys, you can now pick them up over here for £68.51 for a pack of two.

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Daniel Sung