made quite the first impression last year with its Sound Platform SFQ-01
audio system, which is why our ears perked up when we heard about the company's newest creations -- the Sound Step and Sound Step Recharge compact wireless speakers. Compatible with all iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, these Bluetooth-enabled docks allow users to remotely stream audio directly to their speakers, which feature a set of
2.75-inch, Kevlar-reinforced balanced drivers
, a dedicated sub-woofer and a UQ3 spatial enhancement processor. There's also a 3.5 millimeter line-in jack and a USB charging port, meaning you'll be able to juice up multiple gadgets as you kick out multiple jams. And, since these guys are just 3.6-inches tall, you probably won't have to freaq out about making space for them, either. If your appetite's already whetted, you can grab the Sound Step for $139, or opt for the Recharge (with its six hours of rechargeable battery life) for $159. Otherwise, you can find more details in the full PR, after the break.
: We've just received a bit of clarification from the company here. A "grey" colored model actually won't be on the docket, and as for the speakers, there's a pair of 2-inch drivers + a single 3-incher.
SOUNDFREAQ LAUNCHES SOUND STEP AND SOUND STEP RECHARGE COMPACT WIRELESS SPEAKERS THAT DOCK THE IPAD
NOW AVAILABLE AT TARGET AND AMAZON.COM
Company Offers Two Versions of Second Product To Provide Ultimate Versatility Allowing Users to Dock, Charge and Stream Audio Wirelessly
Los Angeles, July 6, 2011 – Soundfreaq, makers of the highly reviewed Bluetooth home speaker Sound Platform, today announced the launch of Sound Step and Sound Step Recharge, the company's first compact, wireless speakers. Sound Step and Sound Step Recharge allow users to dock, charge and stream music wirelessly from multiple devices including the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Blackberry. Sound Step Recharge offers a built-in rechargeable battery – perfect for portability.
Target will serve as Soundfreaq's launch partner for Sound Step in North America. Sound Step and Sound Step Recharge and will be available online at www.Amazon.com.
"With our first product, Sound Platform, we set a standard for exceptional sound quality, functionality, design and value. We're proud to offer all of that in a more compact form with our new Sound Step speakers which now offer portability to the user" said Matthew Paprocki, co-founder and creative director of Soundfreaq. "Sound Step continues our commitment to delivering an audio experience that enhances living in a multi-device, multi-user, multi-tasking world."
The Sound Step speakers give users the ability to multi-task – surf the internet, check emails and text message – while streaming audio directly to the dock. The Sound Step speakers feature a dock for Apple iPhone and iPod devices like Sound Platform, but now offer the ability to also dock and charge an iPad, even if it's in a case. Also new in both Sound Step speakers is a USB charging port, allowing any USB-chargeable gadget such as a Blackberry, Android or a Bluetooth headset to be kept fully powered or for a second Apple product to charge.
Sound Step continues Soundfreaq's commitment to delivering a robust audio entertainment experience, including:
* Ultimate Portability Around Your Home – The Sound Step speakers offer a low-profile design and battery option making them a versatile speaker for home and office, fitting under computer monitors and with TVs, on kitchen countertops or nightstands.
* Sound Step Recharge – Built-in rechargeable battery offers six hours of AC-free playback time making it convenient to move around the house or even bring onto a patio or deck, perfect for outdoor entertaining.
* iPad Docking Station – iPad users can stream music wirelessly, and now can also dock and charge their iPad, with or without the case.
* Charge A Second Device – USB charging port allows users to charge any USB-chargeable gadget be it a Blackberry, Android or Apple phone or Bluetooth headset.
* Superior Sound Performance – Featuring a 2.1 speaker configuration with a dedicated sub-woofer and Soundfreaq's proprietary UQ3™ spatial sound enhancement to deliver natural bass and stereo separation, unique for a compact speaker.
* More than Music – The Sound Step speakers are perfect for enhancing any entertainment experience delivering crystal clear audio for movies, TV shows, videos, games, Internet radio and apps, including Pandora, YouTube, Netflix and HBO GO®.
* 4 Ways To Play – In addition to Bluetooth wireless and dock, line-in jack inputs from any device that has a standard headphone jack and an internal FM tuner allows users to listen to the radio through app interface.
* iPad/iPhone/iPod touch App – Users can download the free Soundfreaq app to turn their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into the ultimate remote control. Users control what is playing from the speakers via the device while keeping their device in hand.
* Compatible for Future Devices – The Sound Step speakers are designed for today's wireless devices, as well as future devices with Bluetooth capabilities.
The MSRP for Sound Step is $139 and for Sound Step Recharge is $159.