Whatever you get has to have great dynamic range. Just think of the Logical Song with that awesome base intro ba-da-da dumpa-dum-dum...and then the "who I ammm" outro that hits the stratosphere. Great song. And the speakers have to be good enough to make the itune sound like, er vinyl or at least as close as possible! :)
Although it requires a power cord, a Sonos Play3 or Play5 would produce better sound than some cheap dock. At $300 and $400 each it is not necessarily that cheap but the lossless audio over Wi-fi helps and it is easy to carry from place to place. It does use it's own dedicated network so the $50 WAP from them is needed or you can plug in the speaker to a wired network connection. Any audio on the network is accesible with an app for remote control via phone or tablet.
No audio dropouts provided a decent enough RF coverage is available.
You can add devices to your hearts content. And no I don't work for them but know someone who has tested their stuff.
I've got an Apple TV and -- as you say -- it is very slick (check pout my blog about streaming videos through a "Henry" http://bit.ly/xFUK0U )
It's great for watching videos and boring a bunch of people with your holiday photos (grin), but not so good when you want to play music on the back deck...
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.