Matrix Audio is showing a new addition to its line of pocket-friendly portable speakers. We spied the new iPro unit at CTIA Wireless 2012 alongside the company's existing nrg, aura, duet and one models.
The iPro is a wired, 3-watt speaker packed into an stackable aluminum cube enclosure which results in a quite weighty unit. The speaker runs off a mini-USB port and one battery charge will deliver about 11 hours of usage according to Matrix.
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Details on the iPro are still being finalized, but it was shown at CTIA this week in several colors and will possibly have rubberized versions. Matrix is still finalizing a price, but expects each speaker to run about US$50 and plans to bring the iPro to market in the next month. In the meantime, here's an overview of Matrix Audio's current offerings.
The 3-watt nrg is a mono, wired speaker with a 3.5 mm cable that stays hidden in a groove at the bottom of the speaker until put to use. Only slightly bigger than a golf ball, the nrg gets a bass boost by opening it up and exposing exposing the accordion-style tube that helps carry the tune. It can also be daisy-chained with other nrg speakers and plays for about 14 hours on a single charge. It costs $60.
Also a 3-watt speaker, the difference with the aura model is that it plays audio files from a micro SD card. It gets a sound boost via the company's "Xcavated Bass Amplifier" and like the nrg, it can be daisy-chained with the hidden 3.5 mm cable. The aura plays for up to 14 hours on one charge and sells for $50.
The one speaker adds a few more functions to the nrg. While it’s similar in size and shape, it has a little more power at 3.5 watts and a few more features. The one can be plugged in or connected via Bluetooth and the speaker also operates as a mic for conversations on speakerphone. It also matches the claimed 14 hour battery life of the nrg. These extra features add up to a higher price - $90.
A stereo option in the Matrix Audio line is the duet. The paired speaker features 2 x 3 watt speakers that screw together for easy transport and also opens with an accordion-like tube to produce a bigger sound. The duet pair sells for $60.
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