If you want to keep an eye on the really innovative stuff going on in the audio world these days, you need to keep tabs on Kickstarter. My latest find on the crowdfunding website is an intriguing little Bluetooth speaker, dubbed Tiptop, with a brilliantly simple design that doubles as a portable speaker and a corner-mounted integrated sound system.
Tiptop isn’t merely simple and convenient; there’s actually a lot of acoustical intelligence in the design of the system. Much the way that corner placement gives you more booming bass from a subwoofer, boundary reinforcement should give the mounted Tiptop a richer, fuller sound than most Bluetooth speakers of this size.
We’ve designed the mount for easy installation that’s quick and hassle-free. No wires, no wasted time, no worries. The Mount is engineered to fit even in imperfect corners, and is rated for loads well in excess of Tiptop’s light, sturdy frame. And every corner has studs, so every corner is ready for Tiptop.
Technical specs for the Tiptop include:
- Bluetooth 3.0 + A2DP
- 30 foot wireless range
- 3.7V 2100 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- aiming for at least 10 hours of playback on a single charge
- active crossover
- 4″ full-range driver
- 1″ tweeter
- 8 ohm impedance
- 100 db sound output
- micro USB cable included for charging and firmware data transfer
And if you get in on the crowdfunding fun now, you’ll save quite a bit off of the final retail price. Tiptop is expected to ship for $249 retail, but you can get a speaker and mount now for $199, or opt for much pricier upgrades like one of five handcrafted Tiptops in your choice of cherry or walnut for $2000 (one of the five is already sold). If that’s too rich for your blood but you still want to kick in a little extra to get the project up and running, you can get a Tiptop with a Kickstarter-exclusive green grille for $500.
The project has a $215,000 goal, and with 17 days left to go, Kickstarters have already contributed more than $68,000