IK Multimedia Announces iLoud, the First Portable Speakers Designed for Musicians
IK Multimedia is proud to announce iLoud, the first portable stereo speakers designed for musicians. IK leveraged its 16 years of pro-audio engineering expertise, and its experience as the leading developer of mobile music-creation apps and accessories, to design and build portable battery-operated speakers that combine power, pristine frequency response, superior low end, and the flexibility of both Bluetooth and wired operation. The iLoud line consists of two models, iLoud and iLoud MINI, both of which provide musicians with sonic accuracy that’s on par with professional studio monitors, making it possible to compose, record, and mix from a mobile system.
Despite their diminutive size, both iLoud speakers are indeed loud, as their name implies. In fact, they’re 2 to 3 times louder than the average portable powered speaker. The iLoud model offers a full 40W RMS of power, and it’s little brother, iLoud MINI, a robust 15W RMS.
Both iLoud models provide highly accurate reproduction of a wide range of musical styles from rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music, to more nuanced and sonically demanding genres like classical and acoustic. The speakers are equipped with onboard DSP, for maintaining accuracy and efficiency at all volume levels, and high-quality, custom-designed neodymium loudspeakers. iLoud is equipped with a bi-amped 4-driver array, and iLoud MINI with a pair of full-range speakers. The enclosures feature bass-reflex construction, which helps create their superior bass response.
Plug and Play Convenience
One of the many musician-friendly features IK included is a 1/4” guitar/bass input, which is available on the flagship iLoud model. Featuring the same circuitry as IK’s iRig – the best-selling guitar interface of all time – the input allows users to plug in an instrument and access AmpliTube or other audio apps on their mobile device for practicing, performing and recording. The input also accommodates dynamic microphones, making it possible to run an app such as IK’s VocaLive for realtime vocal effects and recording.
In addition to their impressive response, volume, and features, the iLoud speakers are surprisingly small, exceptionally portable, and can be used everywhere. Either model can fit in a laptop bag or backpack. iLoud MINI, the smaller of the two, is only about the width and height of a 7″ tablet. Both iLoud and iLoud MINI are equipped with a high-performance Li-Ion rechargeable battery with smart power-management features that reduce its power consumption, making possible to go long periods without recharging, an important factor for mobile users.
Both iLoud models support Bluetooth operation, which adds even more to their mobility. Users can stream music to them from any compatible mobile device such as an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Connecting wirelessly also provides more setup flexibility, because the mobile device and speaker can be placed far apart, with no wires and docs to worry about. For sound sources like MP3 players that don’t have Bluetooth capabilities, the iLoud speakers each have a stereo 1/8″ mini-jack input for connecting line-level devices such as home stereos, DJ gear, mixers, MP3 players, and more.
Pricing and Availability
iLoud and iLoud mini will be available in thesecond quarter of 2013 from the IK network of music and electronic retailers around the world. Pricing to be announced.
For more information, please visit www.ikmultimedia.com/iloud