Om Audio is hitting the scene with a very cool crowd-fund, the Om One Levitating Speaker. As if it’s straight from the future, the floating sphere levitates through it’s magnetic base while streaming your favorite music. The speaker is in the later stages of development and should be available for consumers at $179.00 around December 2014.
We haven’t been able to fully review the Om One yet, but we’re anxious to get our hands on one. In the meantime, here are a few general specs and claims to pique your interest.
Om claims a true stereo experience through it’s utilization of the speakers 75mm driver. Complete with a 3-watt RMS amplifier it can hit approximately 110db loudness (comparable to the Jambox Jawbone or Beat Pill). Seeing as we can’t verify this through testing, we’ll have to trust Om and admit that it’s a pretty impressive number for such a small driver.
While I have no doubt it rings true with the mid/high frequencies, I am a bit skeptical about it’s ability to truly replicate low end. Bass frequencies are unique in the fact that they appear louder when a) they’re further away (to a certain degree) and b) can resonate through an enclosure. The fact that the speaker is so small, and that’s it’s suspended in air leads us to believe it may lack in the low-end. This is pure speculation, and we would love to put this to the test ourselves.
Phone Tethering – Built In Microphone
Each Om One comes standard with a built in microphone. As if it were straight out of Star Trek, the thought of using a floating orb to communicate with friends and family is purely awesome. I would seriously consider backing this crowd-fund for it’s phone functionality alone!
The Base And It’s Features
The Om One claims up to 15 hours of continuous play, which is better than most bluetooth speakers on the market. Of course this number will vary based on how loud you’re actually pushing the driver, but it’s good to know that you could easily get a full days use out of it. Standard range is approximately 33 feet without interference, which is par for the course.
The base’s design continues the futuristic trend complete with touch sensing on/off features and a cool glowing blue logo, pictured below.
Customize Your Own
One of the most appealing claims Om is making about their speaker is the ability to order your to suite your taste. You can customize the color of your Om One and even slap your own logo on. We’re unclear if you can customize the color of the base, but would assume it’s a pretty easy tweak that could be made.
In all the complete package stands approximately 6.4″ tall. The speaker itself has a 3.6″ diameter, the base is 1.6″, and it levitates about an inch in the air. It’s a great size for convenient placement on a desk, big enough to be an eye-catcher but small enough where it won’t take up too much room.
As much as we would love to try out the Om One, they haven’t hit production yet. Judging purely on the idea and claims, we have to say that we’re absolutely thrilled with the package and can’t wait to get our hands on one for a full review.
If you think the Om One is as cool as we do, check out the Official Om One Website for specs, pictures, and your chance to buy one before they hit mass production.