Morel is a company known for creating high-fidelity loudspeakers for cars and their homes, but the company has a new Kickstarter project that is an interesting solution for travelers: a Bluetooth speaker that can be used alone or in a specially designed suitcase .
The product is composed of two separate elements that can work together: an announcer called Nomadic and the suitcase partner named Speakase. The stereo speaker has two 6 by 4 inch woofers, two 22 mm tweeters and an open dipole design (no box). It supports Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless playback, and is compatible with aptX HD, which allows you to stream music to a "CD-like" quality of 16 bits / 44.1 kHz with minimal latency. It is also quite elegant with an ultra-thin profile and a black and gold color scheme.
The portable speaker was designed to work alone, but also in conjunction with the suitcase. It slides in the front of the suitcase folding the legs of the speaker, which also deactivates the manipulation of digital sound. The speaker works as a controller, using the internal volume of the Speakase as a closed cabinet or box. When used in this way, the company says the result will be a more powerful bass and a "big, realistic sound."
As for the Speakase suitcase, it is comparable to what you would expect from most high-end rigid suitcases on the market. It's made of a durable polycarbonate shell with a reinforced sealed aluminum frame, and the company says it's shock absorbing to protect the speaker. In terms of size, it measures 21.7 inches by 14.6 inches by 9.8 inches, which technically is above what is allowed for carry-on luggage with many major airlines. The speaker component has a built-in power charger that can be accessed from the front of the suitcase, and since it is easily removable, there should be no problems with compliance with the TSA. There are steel grills where the speaker sits to allow the sound to come out, and when the speaker is placed inside the suitcase, it only takes up 4 percent of the interior space.
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As a frequent traveler, I have a design question. It's hard to see how the bars look in the suitcase. There does not seem to be an option to seal it completely, which is worrisome. What happens if you travel with him in a downpour? How much would the speaker and its belongings affect?
Leaving aside the concern, the Nomadic speaker / suitcase combo is a novel idea, but as with all Kickstarter projects, keep in mind that delivery may be unreliable. But, if you really care about having a high quality sound when you travel, and you're the kind of person who unpacks all your suitcase, then it might be worth checking out.
The Nomadic Bluetooth speaker is available for preorder at an anticipated price of $ 179, while the speaker / suitcase combo has an anticipated price of $ 379. The speaker will eventually sell for $ 299, the combo for $ 699, and both products have a promised delivery date of August 2018.