You’ve seen IK Multimedia’s gear grace the pages of this site before — the company is at the forefront of popping out music-making electronics and software geared toward musicians. So it’s no surprise that now they’ve finally joined the increasingly crowded high-end Bluetooth speaker club, their take, the iLoud, is a reference-grade studio monitor — and as its name suggests, an apparently very loud one.
It’s difficult to gauge how accurately the iLoud reproduces sound without actually listening to it, but by positioning the speaker as a studio monitor, it’s safe to assume that IK Multimedia will have tried to make the iLoud both less boomy and crisper than many of the mostly over-bassy big Bluetooth speakers out there.
On the other hand, the iLoud’s press release provides specifics regarding power: 40W RMS, four neodymium drivers fed by twin amps and bass that can reproduce frequencies as low as 50hz – which is indeed pretty rumbly. As for volume, IK claims the iLoud is “2 to 3 times louder than comparable size speakers.” Impressive, if true. The speaker looks like it’s also fairly easy to travel with — IK says it’s “about the size of an iPad” and 6cm thick.
IK says the iLoud’s Li-Ion battery will run ten hours, though we’re not sure if that figure includes Bluetooth streaming (there’s also a standard 3.5mm minijack input).
The iLoud is available now for $300
Source: IK Multimedia