Urbanears built AirPlay and Chromecast into its WiFi speakers

Spotify Connect is along for the ride, too.


The last time we covered Urbanears, the company was hawking headphones with quilted padding. Now, some six years later it's getting into the crowded wireless speaker game. Long story short, the Connected Speakers are colorful noise boxes that you can network together for multi-room sound; you can set them to play the same track in sync, or separate ones. Each unit has Airplay, Chromecast and Spotify Connect capabilities built in too, so blasting Papa Roach's "Last Resort" from every room while you're trying to argue for an unpopular rule-change at your house should be pretty easy. If you want to kick it old-school beyond your song selection, there's Bluetooth connectivity and an aux port too.

Their appearance is understated, with a pair of knobs that control playback and speaker mode (single or multi). Everything else, the company says, is handled by an app. The air-movers are available in a handful of colors to match your home including Goldfish Orange, Plant Green, Indigo Blue and Dirty Pink. If you prefer your music loud, but not your decor, Concrete Grey and Vinyl Black are available as well. The bigger Baggen ("ram" in English) model will run $450 each, while the slightly smaller Stammen ("strain" when translated from Swedish) is priced at $350. Both go on sale March 30th.