Have iPad, will rock: Blast your jam session with the iLoud and iLoud mini powered speakers

Check out our full review of the IK Multimedia iLoud speaker.

Making music using only iOS devices just got a lot louder. IK Multimedia has just introduced two wireless speakers intended to replace those 75 lb. monitors and amps with a portable, potent, wireless solution. 

Announced today, the iLoud and iLoud MINI are billed as the first-ever portable speakers designed for musicians. IK Multimedia claims that these speakers can produce sound that’s “on par with professional studio monitors.” Sometimes an appellation is worth a thousand words, and iLoud is certainly a suggestive one. If these two units can walk the walk, IK could have a winner on its hands. Let’s look a bit closer.

The iLoud houses a bi-amped 4-driver array, while its mini-me sports just a pair of full-range speakers. The driver disparity translates to a power gap as well, as the iLoud cranks out 40W RMS, while its counterpart is capable of 12W. Big brother also includes a ¼-inch guitar/bass input, which uses the same circuitry as IK’s popular iRig.

Both models feature Bluetooth support, a Li-Ion rechargeable battery, and a ⅛-inch mini-jack input for connecting DJ equipment, MP3 players, mixers, and more.

These two speakers look pretty legit, and could help elevate wireless audio among a trade that generally holds fast to its wired past. The power ratings, in particular  suggest that these are some fairly muscle-bound wireless speakers.

Both models will be available in Q2 2013, the iLoud for $300, and the iLoud MINI for $200.

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