Teenage Engineering breaks out radio, instrument and speaker mashup
Sweden's Teenage Engineering already has a bit of a rep for out-of-the-box-thinking, but is perhaps best known for its digital instruments. Now the firm has added a radio into the mix for the Ortho Book 4.
The OB-4 portable audio entertainment hub rocks 38-W per channel output from the two 4-inch bass drivers and two neodymium tweeters with a frequency range of 52 Hz to 25 kHz and 92-dB SPL.
Users can tune into an FM radio, with a small matrix display above the dials to the left of the simple user interface that shows station info, and a smart spiral antenna integrated into the handle reported to ensure good reception. The handle can also double as a kickstand of sorts.
The device features a nifty looping feature that continuously records everything listened to for the last 2 hours, and makes it available for replay or repeated loop – allowing you to rewind to the beginning of a live radio track to hear it being introduced or to play your favorite music again and again.
The final ingredient in Teenage Engineering's OB-4 recipe is a media instrument, which currently offers drone sounds compiled from snippets of radio broadcasts, something called the karma, which is described as a 30-in-1 musical mantra box and designed to help with yoga and relaxation, and a metronome feature. Other sonic experiments from the company's public research space will be added over time.
The device currently features "Bluetooth classic" with AAC codec support for streaming music from a compatible source such as a smartphone, but Bluetooth 5 LE will be added in the coming months, and a 3.5-mm line-in jack for feeding in audio from an external source via cable connection. And the LiPo battery is reckoned good for up to 8 hours of continuous use as full blast, or up to 72 hours at lower volumes.
The 232.5 x 284 x 57.5-mm (9.1 x 11.1 x 2.26-in), 1.7-kg (3.74-lb) "magic radio" is fashioned from fiber glass, polycarbonate and aluminum, and is on sale now. Prices start at US$599. The video below has more.
Product page: OB-4