Wharfedale Packs Bluetooth into Cobalt Tabletop Speaker

The new wireless option has aptX connectivity and proprietary 24-bit digital signal processing.

Speaker manufacturers know that your music can’t be confined to one space these days. Thankfully, a lot of companies are making products that go beyond the home theater and living room areas, but without the hassle of a major setup.

Wharfedale is the latest company to add its name into the wireless audio world. The company’s U.S. distributor, Sound Solutions, LLC, just announced plans to start shipping the Wharfedale Cobalt Wireless Bluetooth Loudspeaker.

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Unlike other Bluetooth speaker options out there, this one is designed to put Wharfedale sound into smaller spaces, such as the bedroom, home office, kitchen, or wherever else you want it. Besides being able to stream music wirelessly from smartphones, tablets and computers, the Cobalt adds aptX connectivity into its slick design. For devices that need to be tethered, there’s also a 3.5mm jack.

Giving the Cobalt some oomph is the system’s two 4-inch full-range drivers, a Bass Flow port, and a 30-watt RMS amplifier. It also has Wharfedale’s proprietary 24-bit digital signal processing with patented “psychoacoustic algorithms” — which basically translates into some room-filling sound from this compact package.

“In introducing the Cobalt we knew we couldn’t introduce just another ‘me too’ wireless powered speaker,” said Walter Schofield, VP of sales and marketing. “Cobalt lets listeners enjoy music from their favorite portable devices with complete convenience and outstanding sound quality that lives up to the heritage of the Wharfedale name.”

Measuring 15-by-6.75-by-7.25 inches (including the base), the Cobalt comes with a glossy piano black finish and a remote. It’s shipping now, with an MSRP if $399.

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