If Porsche Design’s $3,500 911 Soundbar, which copies the look of a 911 GT3 exhaust, is a too expensive for your home stereo setup, then the brand now has a more affordable option. The 911 Speaker doesn’t imitate the production parts quite as closely, but the price drops to a somewhat more reasonable $599.
The set of speakers look like the dual exhausts that poke out of a GT3, and Porsche Design makes the housing out of aluminum and finishes it in high-gloss black. The compact device measures 11.42 inches long, 6.1 inches wide, and 4.7 inches tall (290 x 155 x 120 millimeters). The 60-watt system boasts Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for pairing with devices up to nearly 33 feet away (10 meters). An onboard lithium-ion battery provides 24 hours of tunes, and the gadget supports voice commands.
By buying two of them, owners unlock a neat feature. A pair of the devices can pair together to offer stereo sound, where each one would function as the left or right component, or the gadgets can broadcast the same music from separate places for filling a large space with sound.
The 911 Speaker will be available in the United States in mid-October, just in time for Halloween and holiday parties. Buyers can pre-order it on the Porsche Design Website, now.
If you’re in the market for an automotive-inspired stereo, there are other high-end options available. For example, the aforementioned the 911 Soundbar has a 200-watt output and offers a 2.1 virtual surround. In addition, the iXosst Esavox 6.1 with a design by Automobili Lamborghini uses the exhaust pipes from an Italian supercar but costs a pricey 19,900 euros ($23,415 at current exchange rates). Other choices are the handsome Naim for Bentley Mu-so and Mu-so Qb home stereos with 450 watts and 300 watts of output respectively. The Mu-so goes for 1,195 pounds ($1,533) and the Qb is 750 pounds ($963).
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Porsche Design presents exclusive Bluetooth® speaker
The 911 Speaker: Music Meets Sports Car DNA
Stuttgart. On the racetrack, the sound of the of the Porsche 911 GT3 exhaust sys-tem is unmistakable. So is the tailpipe cover of the sports car, which is equally distinctive and is now more than just a functional element – it’s also a design feature. Porsche Design has taken the imposing rear aspect of the 911 GT3 and used the original tailpipe cover as the main part of its new Bluetooth® 911 Speaker. The result: maximum power and sound, as impressive as the engine sound on the track. An absolute must-have for music and sports car enthusiasts.
With the Bluetooth® speaker, Porsche Design Group is expanding its product range to include another innovative sound product. The 911 Speaker has a powerful presence, with a base that replicates the original high-gloss black tailpipe cover of the Porsche 911 GT3. The iconic shape and the use of high-quality materials, such as the aluminium housing, make the Bluetooth® speaker the perfect balance between form and function. However, it is the performance of the 911 Speaker, which is most impressive: 60-watt system output, Bluetooth® 4.0 and apt-X technology ensure pure, natural bass and precise tones. The easy-pairing function allows quick connection of the speaker to any mobile device or PC in no time, offering up to 24 hours of wireless CD-quality sound. The option to synch two 911 Speakers promises a state-of-the-art sound experience: Stereo mode separates the left and right channels, whereas in party mode the two Bluetooth® speakers produce the same stereo sound and fill the room continuously.
Overview of 911 Speaker product features:
- Bluetooth® speaker with 10-meter range and easy-pairing interface function
- 60-watt system output
- Original tailpipe cover from the 911 GT3
- Bluetooth® interface with easy-pairing function
- Wireless pairing feature, enabling connection with a second 911 Speaker to be played in stereo or party mode
- Bluetooth® Standard 4.0 with aptX® for wireless, loss-free transmission of CD-quality audio from smartphones, tablets or PCs
- NFC technology means connection could not be easier
- Voice prompts for ease of operation
- Maximum sound pressure of 95 dB Dimensions: 290 x 155 x 120 mm
- Weight: 3.3 kg
- Analogue input (RCA)
- DC-in (12 V 1.5 A)
- Mini USB-in (service)
An exceptional sound experience and breath-taking performance – the new 911 Speaker recreates the fascination of Porsche away from the road with its brilliant technology, providing an impressive listening experience at home.
The Bluetooth® speaker is available in selected Porsche Design stores and Porsche centres, as well as online at https://porsche-design.com and https://shop.porsche.com/ from July 2017. RRP $599.