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Meet the Vers 1Q: the wooden, portable Bluetooth speaker gets Kickstarted, ships this November

Zachary Lutz

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If you're in the market for a battery-powered speaker and are willing to splurge a bit, then you'd be wise to check out the 1Q from Vers. The diminutive, 3-inch cube-shaped music system is said to provide some impressive tunes all by its lonesome, but it can also be paired with another 1Q to provide true stereo sound. Also, thanks to a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth connectivity, the little guy is sure to work with any number of devices. Naturally, much of the 1Q's allure is due to its hand-crafted wooden enclosure, which is available in walnut and bamboo varieties. The Vers 1Q has eight days left in its Kickstarter funding phase, but it's not like the project will need your help across the finish line: it's already surpassed the goal nine times over. Fortunately for you, this provides an opportunity to snag a 1Q for just $95; when it hits the market in November, the speaker will retail for $120. For even more details, be sure to hit up the PR after the break.

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Compact, powerful speaker delivers warm, natural sound from any mobile device; successfully funded on Kickstarter

Saxonville, Mass. – August 7, 2012 – Vers, Inc., a creator of compact, hand-crafted wood sound systems and mobile accessories, is excited to announce the 1Q, a Bluetooth sound system that can fit in the palm of your hand. It has dramatically surpassed its initial funding goal on Kickstarter, and will begin shipping this Fall.

"The response to the 1Q on Kickstarter has been simply amazing, and has exceeded our expectations 10X," says David Laituri, founder of Vers and 1Q designer. "We've also gotten a lot of feedback for our approach from the Kickstarter community, a great co-development experience for everyone at Vers!"

The 1Q is wrapped in a 3" wood cube, and connects to any mobile device (smart phones, tablets, laptops and more) through Bluetooth v2.1. It's the perfect, portable speaker system for anyone who wants to bring along their favorite music. The sound reproduction of wood is unmatched, as it provides a natural warmth.

The 1Q has a 30-foot range, and a rechargeable battery that lasts over 10 hours. The 1Q also has a built-in auto switching capability to convert from mono to stereo when two units are linked to create a micro stereo.

For each tree used in production, 100 are replanted through Vers' partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Forestry Service. "We're excited to be able to go beyond simply achieving sustainability with 1Q, to helping restore the environment where it's needed the most," says Laituri.

The Vers 1Q comes in Walnut, Bamboo, and a limited Kickstarter red Beech edition. It will retail for $119.99. You can see a full list of pledge options by checking out the 1Q Kickstarter page.

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