Bluetooth and sensible audio system are a dime a dozen nowadays, and plenty of of them aren’t unhealthy — so what it usually comes all the way down to is model. Native Union has my quantity with its newest machine, which accentuates the basic bookcase speaker look with a tech-heavy again finish and aluminum (however brassy aluminum) quantity knob.
The PR/01 a collaboration with French audio outfit La Boite Idea (roughly, “idea field”), which presumably did the sound-specific parts of the speaker — that’s to say, the speaker — whereas Native Union introduced its understated design chops to the cut price.
My iPhone SE proudly wore a Native Union case for a 12 months or so in good-looking cherry and brass, although the plastic elements finally broke down. This seems to be to be reasonably a extra strong development, however the design notes are the identical: a deal with pure supplies with slashes of metallic.
Inside is the amplifier and guts, in fact, and in again a drawer hides the numerous inputs: two three.5mm jacks, two USB, one USB-C. I’m undecided what number of of these you’ll find yourself utilizing concurrently, but it surely’s all the time good to have choices. Plus Bluetooth, in fact. And there’s a spot to connect a wi-fi charger so you’ll be able to simply set your telephone on prime of the factor and get a lift.
Proper now the speaker isn’t quite listed on Native Union’s web site — it’s that recent. Acquire apparently scooped the maker of the factor. I’ve requested for extra particulars, and I’m certain it’ll be on-line quickly. I do know it’s coming as a result of there’s a “audio system” nav on their web site:
It’s a hell of trying factor, however it comes at a value — $799. Sure, and also you’ll have to purchase it at MOMA shops in New York. Actually, now. Perhaps I’ll look forward to a sale.
Replace: Native Union despatched over some footage and let me know that the PR/01 might be stocked in shops beginning Might 10, and might be listed on the web site on Might 15.