BRITISH AUDIO FIRM Spaced360 has launched the first portable Bluetooth speaker with the company's patented Airsound technology, previously seen in Orbitsound soundbars such as the M9, which was released last year.
Available from Friday 11 April at John Lewis, the speaker is wrapped in 3D formed metal grilles boasting three speaker grills, promising what the firm calls "the third generation of sound". Speaking ahead of the launch, Spaced360 told The INQUIRER that it expects the speaker to revolutionise the portable audio industry.
What makes this speaker distinctive is its ability to produce a 360 degree sound from six "radiators" via Airsound, a technology that makes use of "spatial sound", which refers to the firm's patented technology that takes advantage of "sum and difference" audio signals.
Sum and difference refers to frequencies that offer a more natural, wide sound and that don't suffer from problems caused by overlapping signals. This is achieved by converting a standard stereo signal into a mono "sum" signal on the left output and a mono "difference" signal on the right.
The result is that you get two tracks, one which is the main information and one which is the signal that makes your ears respond differently to one another. The Spaced360 portable speaker essentially takes both sides and mixes them together into one signal, so they can be played back through a normal left, right signal, offering a fuller sound called spatial sound.
Though the technology itself isn't new, Spaced360 claims that the way it positions the speakers and plays back the sum and difference through them is new.
The benefits this is supposed to bring to the listener in products using this technology are that it can fill a room with sound and create non-directional stereo, where you don't need to sit in the "sweet spot" to hear a track at its best.
We have been testing the speaker ahead of launch today and can confirm that the Spaced360 speaker can be placed anywhere in a room and still produce the same quality sound from any listening angle. Spaced360 claim the portable speaker can run for up to eight hours of music playback, depending on the type of audio being played. We are yet to test this, but check back soon for a full review.
There are also protective sleeves available for the speaker in seven colours, including neon varieties.
Retailing at £250, the Spaced360 portable speaker is available from today in black or silver colour options. µ