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January 23, 2013

IK Multimedia Unveils iLoud, First Portable Speakers for Mobile Musicians

IK Multimedia has announced the release of the first portable speakers solely designed for musicians on the go. With over 15 years of pro-audio engineering experience under their belts, IK Multimedia is releasing its iLoud line of speakers.

IK Multimedia specializes in the development of mobile music-creation apps and accessories, and it spared no expertise or experience when designing iLoud. The portable speakers will feature superior power with pristine frequency response into a low-end portable form factor.

The speakers are battery operated and be featured in two models, iLoud and iLoud MINI. Both models will be equipped with a high-performance Li-ion rechargeable battery that has a smart power-management feature to reduce power consumption and extend the battery life. 

Image Via IK Multimedia

Although the speakers will be small in size, comparable to the sizes of an iPad and iPad MINI, the two models will be two to three times louder than comparable size speakers with the iLoud blasting 40W RMS of power, while the MINI will produce 12W RMS. They will also have the capability to compose, record and mix music.

The iLoud will feature a plug-and-play convenience not seen on the market yet. It has the options to connect to a guitar, bass or dynamic microphone to the speaker, while processing the sound with an array of real-time effects. It will also provide connectivity with other IK Multimedia products like iRig, the most popular mobile interface. The input will also accommodate dynamic microphones like IK’s VocaLive.

Adding to the devices mobility, both models will support Bluetooth operations where users can stream music to the speakers from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. For sound sources that don’t have Bluetooth connectivity, IK installed a stereo mini-jack into the speakers to connect other music playing devices like home stereos, DJ gear, MP3 players and others.

The iLoud and iLoud MINI aren’t expected to hit the market until the second quarter of 2013 and will run users $299.99 for the regular iLoud, and $199.99 for the MINI.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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