TDK Releases a Wireless Speaker with Inductive Charging, Retro Headphones Take Second Place
Last we heard from TDK they had just announced three new boomboxes. Yes, boomboxes. Don’t believe us, just take a look for ourself. They’re actually rather remarkable, which isn’t just because TDK is a brand we’d last expect to hear from these days. Nope, their design is unique, some what utilitarian, and although it lacks any Apple integration we’re still down to ogle them.
That in mind the company hit our radar again with a new set of headphones, and yet another speaker. The ST750 headcans are a bit of retro throwback to a time before you existed. Packed into these over the ear headphones is an amp that is said to increase the output by as much as 6dB, add greater lows, and compensate for low powered devices. But what we’ve really got our eye on is their newest speaker.
It’s of the wireless ilk, meaning it is not only portable thanks to a 6 hour rechargeable battery, but can connect with your smartphone over Bluetooth. If need be there is a wired option as well, which will inevitably improve audio playback. And since there is a strong likelihood you’ll travel outside with this speaker, it’s IPX3 rated to resist splashes and sprays from inclement weather. For charging TDK has included a USB port for any associated device. But tethering your device is so, well, early 2000s. Built-in to the top of this speaker is an inductive charging pad. Add any Qi compatible case to your smartphone and you can charge it hassle free of cords. Sure, it doesn’t make much sense to playback audio using Bluetooth at this point, but if a call comes in, you won’t have to worry about being chained to the speaker’s location.
The TDK Wireless Charging Speaker will ship sometime soon for $400, while the headphones will sell for $250.