Who hasn’t dreamed of speakers as powerful as a sound system but still portable enough to carry around ? With Soundboks, the search is over. Now we just have to wait. What began as an idea in a brainstorming session by three high school friends in Denmark, Soundboks is now a company employing fifteen people hard at work developing this next generation speaker designed to power gigs without the burden of getting a large sound system.
Power, solidity, and autonomy were the three main considerations for the project:
- Festivals are noisy - the speaker needs to break through background noise
- Festivals can be rough - the speaker has to withstand a lot of punishment
- Festivals don’t sleep - the battery needs to hold up for at least a week
Mission accomplished on all three counts. The new, improved Soundboks speaker, completed last December, covers them all.
Let’s start with the sound. Soundboks claims to be the “loudest portable speaker” on the market :”twice as powerful as a club speaker.” And the fact is, this 14 kilogram powerhouse can crank out up to 119 dB, or the equivalent of the sound level in the front row of a rock concert. Always remember, the human ear isn’t designed to withstand sound at this level (it can only endure up to to 120 dB-SPL). As for its dispersion, the Soundboks has a radius as wide as 30 meters thanks to its 120 degree angle (twice that of traditional speaker).
As for the design and solidity of Soundboks, at first glance it resembles a sound system speaker. Its rectangular box is 66 centimeters high, 43 centimeters wide and 32 centimeters deep. Black and metallic gray, it’s frame is constructed with plywood and aluminum, insuring its toughness. It’s shock resistant and designed to withstand extreme weather conditions such as rain, snow or desert heat. Handling temperatures from -20 °C to 50 °C, it’s just as tough as you are, probably even more.
But even though you can test its sturdiness, you probably won’t want to test its autonomy.
In “medium” mode (104 dB max), its battery can last up to 200 hours. In “high” mode (110 dB max), about right for a pool party, you can dance for 60 hours. And finally, 16 hours if it’s pushed to its maximum (119 dB).
For the crew, the average usage time should be around 30 hours. But determined not to let anyone lose their sound, the Danish company is offering a free second battery with every Soundboks purchase. That way all you have to do is insert the full battery long enough to recharge the depleted one. Recharge time is just 3 hours.