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K-box turns anything flat into a giant speaker

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July 21, 2009

The K-box turns any flat surface into a giant speaker

The K-box turns any flat surface into a giant speaker

As personal music players like the iPod become ubiquitous, there’s another developing trend that’s even more insidious: the desire to share that music with everyone else. Miini speakers are flooding the market at the moment, but a new product called the Kerchoonz K-box promises to make even more noise. A compact, mobile-phone sized device, the K-box turns any flat surface – wall, table, window, ceiling – into a giant speaker.

Gadget-watchers will know this isn’t exactly a new idea – there was the Soundbug back in 2002, the Qvoix in 2005, Nimzy Vibro Blaster in 2006 and the S3i sound drivers are still readily available. But while they all seem to share a penchant for silly names, the K-box differs in a few keys ways. For a start, the technology is different.

While these devices all work on transduction – converting electrical signals into vibrations and then using the flat surface as a giant sound board – the K-box is the first to use a “hydro-gel” suspension system. And it does seem to have improved the dynamics The device has an average output of 95dB at 1m, with the bass performance averaging at around 40-20 Khz – pretty impressive, considering the unit only has 2W RMS.

There are a couple of other pluses, too. The K-box has a battery life of up to 20 hours, and is rechargeable via USB. It will plug straight into the headphone jack of almost any netbook, gaming device, mp3 player, mobile phone or laptop. And it’s not nearly as odd-looking as most of the older ones.

Why does that matter? Well, while Kerchoonz is pushing the K-box mainly as a personal music device, it could find its biggest market is business, where being able to turn a boardroom table into a speaker would easily overcome the audio tinniness of most laptop presentations.

At present, the K-box is only available from Kerchoonz, the revenue sharing musician’s site, for GBP44.99 (USD$73.80).

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http://www.zyonshop.com/product/soundbug.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoundBug

http://www.feonic.com/

A comparison would be interesting :)

Christoffer Håkonsen
22nd July, 2009 @ 06:26 am PDT

Thanks Christoffer I haven’t heard of those other 2, the sound bug is no longer made if I remember right.

G.A.Pster
23rd July, 2009 @ 08:51 pm PDT

I second the comparo test, maybe vs. a small speaker product like the Jambox (which rocks but is much more $$$). Cheers.

Micah Donahue
16th December, 2011 @ 12:14 pm PST

I have one that I bought at a fair last year. I paid 45 after tax. It is called a BoomBox. I just found a two other brands on the internet, one at Amazon.com for $20 and one at another website for $29. Mine works great and I am betting these less expensive ones do also. I searched for "turn anything into a speaker" if anyone is interested in searching for the ones I found. :)

Karen

Karen Grunberg
18th July, 2012 @ 10:56 am PDT

Ok, On the comment I just posted....the speaker I am speaking of and this one is not close the the same thing. The one I am talking about turns ANYTHING, a pizza box, a can, cup, pill container, etc into a speaker and it does have awesome sound. Here are two links for what I am talking about:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/eaf8/#tabs ($29)

or

http://www.amazon.com/Olympia-SoundBug-Ultra-Portable-System-1-Speaker/dp/B00006IFT1?tag=wwwgizmagcom-20 ($19.18)

Karen Grunberg
18th July, 2012 @ 11:00 am PDT
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