July 21, 2014 by Rachel Cericola
There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers out there. One that really needs no introduction is Peachtree Audio’s deepblue. One that needs a slight introduction is the follow-up to that 2003 release, the deepblue2.
What sets this speaker apart from others is its acoustic-suspension design, with five fully active speakers. That includes a 6.5-inch long excursion woofer and an amplifier that can produce 440 watts of room-shaking sound—all from your desktop.
Also impressive is that the deepblue2 has a sealed enclosure that promises undistorted bass and over 102dB of output. Other features include the aptX-capable Bluetooth for streaming music wirelessly right to the speaker and a 3.5mm input.
“A lot of people buy wireless speakers for their convenience and ease of use. But what’s always missing is great sound quality and deep bass,” said Peachtree’s Jonathan Derda. “What you end up with is something convenient, but uninteresting to listen to. Deepblue2 is an all-in-one wireless speaker that truly has the dynamics and deep bass of a big loudspeaker—all squeezed into an enclosure smaller than half a cubic foot! What deepblue2 can do is like trying to figure out how a bumblebee can fly. You think it shouldn’t be able to produce that much sound, but it does.”
Peachtree Audio is creating buzz for the Bluetooth speaker by launching it on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo. This is the company’s very first crowdfunding campaign. If you’re one of the first 250 backers, you can score the deepblue2 for $249, which is 50 percent off the speaker’s $499 MSRP. Products will then start shipping sometime in December.
“We’ve been asked why an established company like Peachtree is participating in a crowdfunding campaign,” said Andrew Clark, president of Peachtree Audio. “Peachtree is a pretty small company and Indiegogo gives us an incredible opportunity to connect with a large group of people we might never be able to reach otherwise. The campaign’s goal is set at $63,000 U.S. to help cover final tooling and production costs. Indiegogo backers gain closer access to our product development team and get a unique chance to own an exceptional product at a once-in-a-lifetime price.”
The campaign for deepblue2 will go live on Indiegogo today at 12:00 p.m. (EST) and run through Friday, August 22, 2014. The product will then be available via select retailers later this year.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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