July 23, 2014 by Rachel Cericola
Big, boxy speakers used to be all the rage. Now, it’s all about combining performance with something that you can call a showpiece. However, Teenage Engineering is making us a little nostalgic with the OD-11 Cloud Speaker.
Based on Stig Carlson’s Carlsson OD-11 from 1974, this boxy speaker packs a lot of technology into one 10-inch cabinet. It has a computer known as the Ortho Engine, a 100-watt Class D amplifier, one woofer, one tweeter, and support for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. All of this goodness can be controlled via the Orthoplay app for iOS devices or you can opt for the Ortho remote, which will cost you an extra $100.
Once set up, users can stream music from just about any music service or opt to plug a little something into the speaker’s 3.5mm jack.
While that Ortho remote is a little extra, it’s just as cool as this cabinet. It looks like a little button (see photo above), but can be turned to adjust volume or clicked to flip through songs. And just in case the appearance isn’t unique enough, Teenage Engineering says that each one has a unique ID so it can store its own playlist.
Also worth mentioning is that the OD-11 is insanely easy to set up. Just connect the speaker to your home’s Wi-Fi and you’re ready to rock; it’s that easy. It’s just not that cheap.
Teenage Engineering is currently taking pre-orders for the OD-11 and the Ortho. As mentioned, the Ortho will run you $99 with the OD-11 selling for $899 each. However, since you can link up to four of the speakers under one system, you may want to get a jump on buying a pair for the package price of $1,699.
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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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