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IK Multimedia has announced iLoud (www.ikmultimedia.com/iloud), portable, battery-powered stereo speakers designed for musicians. There are two models -- the iLoud (US$299.99) and iLoud MINI ($199.99) -- which will be available later this year.
The iLoud model offers 40W RMS of power, and its little brother, iLoud MINI, a robust 12W RMS. The speakers are equipped with onboard DSP, for maintaining accuracy and efficiency at all volume levels, and custom-designed neodymium loudspeakers.
The iLoud is equipped with a bi-amped 4-driver array, and the iLoud MINI with a pair of full-range speakers. The enclosures feature bass-reflex and passive radiators construction.
iLoud also offers the possibility to connect a guitar, bass or dynamic microphone directly to the speaker and process the sound with a multitude of real-time effects apps. Both iLoud models support Bluetooth operation. Users can stream music to them from any compatible mobile device such as an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad for casual listening. For sound sources like MP3 players that don’t have Bluetooth capabilities, the iLoud speakers each have a stereo 1/8-inch mini-jack input for connecting line-level devices such as home stereos, DJ gear, mixers, MP3 players, and more.