Soundfreaq’s inexpensive Sound Kick portable speaker already had a distinctly chunky look that set it apart from competitors, but the company took it one step further with another new twist this week. The new Sound Kick Chromatics line throws a splash of color on its speaker grilles, an overlooked area that typically consists of a boring black mesh or cloth. If you would rather call attention to your sound system than hide it, these designs will certainly let you do that.
The Chromatics Collection includes three loud color choices: Sunset, a bright mix of yellow orange and pink that evokes the titular solar event; Ocean, a breezy blend of blue and yellow; Twilight, a soft mix of blue and purple; and Ghost, an all-alabaster iteration.
This update is entirely aesthetic; the Sound Kick hardware remains the same. A rechargeable battery gives the brick-like speaker seven hours of playback before charging, and a standard USB port lets you charge gadgets from the same battery. It supports the high-quality A2DP Bluetooth standard for wireless streaming, but also includes a line-in jack for connecting to any device with the ubiquitous 3.5 mm headphone jack. Soundfreaq has two proprietary technologies at play: UQ3 spatial enhancement technology for balancing audio, and the XKICK chamber, a baffle that slides out of the back to improve bass and act as a kickstand, then slides back in to make the speaker more compact for travelling. The entire speaker measures only 1.6 inches deep with the chamber pressed in.
The Sound Kick Chromatics speakers are available for pre-order now at $100 – the same price as the original black model – and will ship in time for the holidays.