It was very unfortunate timing when Griffin released their original Twenty amp. It was designed with the last generation AirPort Express in mind, which had a removable adapter (used for an extension cord or world power adapter) that could be then mounted to the Twenty itself. So you would have your AirPort plugging into the Twenty, which would power it, then the optical Toslink cable sending audio from the AirPort to the Twenty. But by the time it got to market, Apple had discontinued that version of the AirPort Express.

Now Griffin is back which a new version of the Twenty, this time utilizing Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR. However, it still maintains the optical port. Which means you can continue using your AirPort Express, use bluetooth, connect to your new Apple TV, or connect directly to your TV.

The Twenty, named after the 20 watt per channel output it delivers, is better than ever keeping the same outputs and inputs. The build quality is enhanced with a great new look and even moved the excessively bright light to a subtle glowing LED ring.

Pros

  • Apple Express not necessary
  • Bluetooth
  • Optical Input
  • Build quality
  • Light placement

Cons

  • Screw in wires
  • Front light
  • Only 2.1 surround