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Company: Soundfreaq

Website: www.Soundfreaq.com

Model: Double Spot

Price: $120-$150

Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, and Bluetooth-ready iPods

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Soundfreaq Double Spot SFQ-09 Wireless Speaker

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge ()
Published: Monday, January 13, 2014
Category: Speakers - Bluetooth, Portable, Stationary

Inspired by the company's 2013 speaker Sound Spot, Soundfreaq's new Double Spot SFQ-09 ($120/$150) didn't initially make a lot of sense to us: it's larger and more expensive than the company's breakthrough Sound Kick, but has only one obvious advantage -- it puts out louder rather than better-quality sound. In the $120 base model, you lose the $100 Sound Kick's integrated battery, as well as the ability to easily carry the system around anywhere; only the $150 version (or the $120 model with a subsequently-added $39 battery) can be used without the included wall adapter. Soundfreaq's explanation: Double Spot is designed primarily to be an affordable, stylish stereo home speaker rather than a portable model, and most users will want to put it in one place and leave it there. It will also be offered in a wide variety of exterior designs, including the wood and colorful variations Soundfreaq is doing with Spot but not Sound Kick. Bluetooth 4 is included for wireless streaming, and a rear USB port offers up to 1-Amp recharging for iPhones and iPods.

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