Como Audio Intros Embrace Vinyl, Two-Channel Stereo Sound
Como Audio is melding the convenience of streaming music and voice activation with some new products it is launching initially through crowdfunding marketing strategies that Tom DeVesto, company founder and CEO, has employed since he started the company three years ago – a decision that has helped to build what DeVesto terms as a “social community” around Como Audio products.
Como Audio’s SpeakEasy voice-activated smart speaker with built-in Google Assistant, launched last year, is now available in a two-channel stereo system configuration, and can be used for multiroom playback via Chromecast Audio with other components. Also new is the company’s first streaming turntable.
The SpeakEasy voice activated stereo system consists of the original SpeakEasy and a dedicated SpeakEasy speaker that connects to it via a 15-foot audio cable to create a stereo soundstage, powered by SpeakEasy’s two-channel amplifier. The SpeakEasy speaker also boasts a tuned bass port and a built-in Lithium-Ion battery that plays for about eight hours on a full charge.
These SpeakEasy smart speakers are also being made available in a SpeakEasy Color line, with an array of color choices of knobs and grilles in scarlet red, powder blue, mellow yellow, seafoam green and ballet pink.
The turntable will come in various lacquer and wood veneers to match available speakers. It is belt-driven and uses an Ortofon cartridge. It has an anodized aluminum speed button for 33 and 45 RPM and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or with an audio cable using the integrated moving magnet photo preamp output to any Como Audio or other music system’s Aux input.
The launch on Indiegogo, which occurred during the press conference, offered crowdfunders a pre-production “early bird” package price of $499 for the speaker system and turntable, or $249 without the turntable, with estimated shipping in December. The speaker/turntable system will be available through regular channels in the fall for $798.
The company is also running a Wefunder campaign to encourage outside investment.