Wireless speakers continue to innovate and differentiate in order to pull away from the herd. Known for their high-quality and almost indestructible headphones, SOL Republic's latest offering, a collaboration with Motorola, The DECK—released today, 1 August 2013—has enough new features to keep us listening. With a unique flat design and multiple simultaneous device syncing, the DECK is a worthy newcomer to the wireless speaker market.
Inspired by, and named after, DJ equipment, the DECK's flat design is perhaps its most striking feature. The shape creates more of a half-moon soundscape rather than the market standard 360-degree sound offered by most wireless speakers. This design does not effect the quality or projection of the speaker, and the DECK has no trouble filling a room with sound. Best of all, the flat design makes the DECK one of the most portable speakers on the market for its sound quality.
Further inspired by DJing, the DECK offers multiple devices to sync at the same time. In "Heist Mode," as many as five devices can be paired. The status light, which makes up the bulk of the top design, glows a color corresponding with each device when a song is played. Multiple users can play tracks seamlessly—making group-DJing a breeze.
Offering connectivity for both near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth-equipped devices, the DECK offers full control and connectivity for nearly every smartphone and tablet on the market. Battery life—clocking in at around 10 hours—can be easily monitored so you won't have to end the party early. Meanwhile, a built-in microphone allows calls to be answered on the fly and makes the DECK a great tool for conference calls.
The DECK is available now from SOL Republic for $200 in four colorways and will be available at major electronics retailers over the next month.
Images by Hans Aschim