This fancy speaker features a hidden tech drawer and Qi charging


For those who like your audio system to look bespoke and solely mildly pretentious, the brand new PR / 01 speaker from Native Union and La Boite Idea may tickle your fancy. Whereas the speaker’s picket body, aluminum controls, and textile grille harken again to a golden age of Hello-Fi, it features trendy capabilities together with Bluetooth Apt-X wi-fi connectivity to stream music and hid USB and audio ports inside a hidden drawer the place there’s area for an non-obligatory Qi charger. The corporate claims the PR / 01 is ready to produce excessive constancy sound that’s “near that of a actual orchestra” utilizing patent-pending “Energetic Pression Reflex” know-how that’s outlined by phrases meant to impress people whereas missing practically all understandable which means.

Slide open the speaker’s hidden drawer to disclose a vary of audio inputs and USB ports (2 USB-A and 1 USB-C). Native Union additionally individually sells a Drop Wi-fi Charger for $59.99 that you may place contained in the drawer in a devoted recess. The Drop charger is suitable with any Qi-compatible cellular system and the corporate says you may simply shut the drawer and pop your cellphone on prime of the speaker to simply cost it. Whereas that sounds helpful, it is perhaps arduous to determine the place to position your cellphone for optimum cost, and you’d should battle with the difficulty of energy weakening or dropping off dramatically with distance and (on this case, picket) obstructions.

Photograph: Native Union / La Boite Idea

The PR / 01 prices $799 (or €799 / £699) and is on the market on-line from the MoMA Design Retailer for US prospects, and from The Conran Store, which delivers worldwide.

Photograph: Native Union / La Boite Idea



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