RoadBikeReview got a look at the San Francisco startup Boombotix’s new Boombot REX at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. The Boombot REX is a 2.1 portable bike speaker system that includes Bluetooth control (for connectivity to iPods, smartphones, tablets, and laptops), a noise-canceling microphone, and built-in Siri integration. This little package packs a big punch by reaching volume levels of 90 dB@2ft, making it the loudest portable speaker available in its size on the market. The Boombot REX also features a rugged construction with a tough built-in utility clip and can last up to 6hrs on its battery charge.
Chris McKleroy, co-founder/VP Product states that “The Boombot REX is our next step in pursuing modern design by introducing a clean-cut aesthetic with an optimized shape. The new shell enhances air flow to give a full range of frequencies and deliver that great sound quality our customers have come to expect. Additionally, we continue to be technically innovative with the Boombot REX by creating an ideal companion device for smartphones—we integrated a microphone so users can take calls and communicate voice commands to their device via Siri. Users can simply ask the speaker what time is it or call momand the speaker responds/reacts to the command, without taking your phone out.All of these core values tie into our desire to make a truly ultraportable speaker. Boombotix was originally founded to make listening to music, while cycling, a safer experience. The Boombot REX goes a step further and breaks through the physical constraints of today’s smartphones and tablets that hinder a fulfilling media experience. “With the impending arrival of the Boombot REX, the goal isn’t merely to create an ultraportable speaker, but to define the entire category.”
The Boombot REX is available for Pre-Order now for $129.99 and will ship at the end of May. For more information visit boombotix.com.
Boombotix Boombot REX Features:
Uncompromising acoustic performance
The sound on the REX is unmatched by any speaker of its size. With dual 36-millimeter fullrange drivers and a professionally tuned Bass Woofer, the REX is the smallest 2.1 sound system available. The full dynamic range of the REX is stabilized across all frequencies in the audible spectrum, yielding a stunning bass response that is matched to the drivers, delivering peaking highs and precise vocals. The volume of the Boombot REX reaches over 90 dB@2ft.
Modern design with unparalleled utility
As a companion device to the mobile phone, the industrial design of the Boombot REX ultraportable speaker was sculpted to compliment one’s handset as a day-to-day accessory. The Boombot REX was built as a speaker distinguished lines and can be discreetly integrated into one’s outerwear, or showcased as a beacon of modern design. In addition, the REX will come in a variety of base colors, limited artist collaborations, and fully interchangeable grills and clips. The customization options are endless.
Ultraportable engineering that fits in your palm
The product originated from carving a clay block to find the ideal shape for the ultraportable speaker- built for those who lead an outdoor active lifestyle. The unit is certified IP53 water-resistant; no worries if you bring it cycling in rain or on your next winter outing. The industrial design of the REX encourages the user to pick it up, clip it on, and add a soundtrack to your life in motion.
Hands free capabilities that empower and protect
The REX incorporates a noise-cancelling microphone that allows you to answer, deny, or end a phone call with the press of a button. Leave your phone protected in your pocket and change tracks and volume, and do it all with just three buttons.
SoundHub & Daisy Chain
Simply plug in any peripheral speaker system to the Audio Out port on the Boombot REXand the stereo signal will be replicated throughout the entire system. To daisy chain the Boombot REX, simply plug the Audio Out into the Audio In port on the next Boombot REX speaker, and repeat infinitely.
Remote Siri Integration
The REX is the first ultraportable speaker with Siri integration. Queue a request to Siri with the push of a button and Siri will answer back through the speaker.