Cloudy with a chance of tunes

Teenage Engineering OD-11

Tech : Electronics By Photo by Teenage Enginering

The damn Cloud. Everything’s going there. Pretty soon, you’ll have to go to the Cloud to change your underwear. But for now, you’ll have to settle for the OD-11, the world’s first Cloud speaker — just introduced at CES 2013 — by the incredible folks at Teenage Engineering. If the nomenclature and design look familiar, it’s because the OD-11 is an homage to the original Carlsson OD-11 (designed by Stig Carlsson in 1974), a revolutionary speaker that was created for the home, not the studio, and also faced the ceiling to spread sound throughout a room.

In a single integrated piece, the OD-11 combines a 100W amplifier, wi-fi (to pull music from that ole Cloud) and a sound processor. Within, you’ll also find a high-efficiency neodymium cone tweeter and a long throw pulp cone woofer. Frequency range is 28-24,000 Hz; and the OD-11 also includes a nifty Bluetooth 4 Low Energy remote that’s ingeniously simple. The Ortho remote runs for years on a single button cell battery, and it’s magnetized for convenient placement (and minimal loss). Just don’t mistake it for a hockey puck. Tentative cost is slated at $800, and the speaker should hit market this summer.

Available Summer 2013