I’ve discovered a brand new object of want which, as soon as acquired, I’d in all probability by no means use. It’s this OB-Four “magic radio” from Teenage Engineering, a design group that creates tech with a playful however premium strategy. This wi-fi speaker not solely seems pretty however has a handful of actually fascinating options, probably the most fascinating of which needs to be letting you, at any time, rewind as much as two hours with the spin of a dial.

The reality is I not often would require the rewinding characteristic, which appears primarily helpful for catching a little bit of a podcast you missed or, for these of us who nonetheless hearken to FM radio every now and then, going again to listen to the DJ say the title of an artist or piece. You can too gradual it down and presumably scratch a bit by spinning the little circle, although once more it’s in all probability extra enjoyable in concept than in apply.

However when the factor seems this good, who cares? The design jogs my memory strongly of TDK’s Three-speaker boombox, which I reviewed method again in 2011, however developed. The mechanical knobs and buttons look fabulous and I’ve little doubt flip with an exquisite tactility. I like a superb quantity knob and this one seems like a winner.

With two bigger audio system and two smaller tweeter varieties, it ought to be capable of create a reasonably strong sound. Frequency response goes all the way down to 54 Hz, so that you gained’t be getting the deepest bass notes doable, however actually with drivers this measurement they wouldn’t be capable of transfer sufficient air for it to matter. Extra importantly, it’ll go for eight hours at max quantity or, extra possible, 30-50 hours at regular loudness ranges.

The built-in little pc and drive have some fascinating modes: an adjustable metronome, a 30-channel mantra repeater, and a drone generator that stretches and distorts snippets of radio stations. That final one sounds fairly cool.

The deal with has the antenna constructed into it for FM reception, and folds all the way down to act as a stand in the event you don’t thoughts your music blasting into the bottom or desk.

At $599, it’s not precisely an impulse purchase. There’s a cherry pink model for $50 extra, and a $400 leather-based case in case you wish to make your consumption much more conspicuous. I’ve a sense we’ll be seeing these within the backgrounds of influencer movies (or units).

In the event you’d like to select up your personal, you possibly can attempt to squat on the location to pre-order, however you may be higher off shopping for a ticket to New York, London, or Stockholm, the place the OB-Four can be on cabinets at a handful of design outlets. It ships in November.

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