But what if you could combine the two form factors? New Duolink speakers are apparently able to do just that, pairing AirPods-style real wireless headphones with a charging case which doubles as a portable speaker.
When you want to move from personal listening to sharing your music with your friends, Duolink says you can earphones at the top of the speaker “to transfer music in less than a second, with absolutely zero lag”.
You can also listen in mono or stereo thanks to the modular design of the speaker, as Duolink explains: “If you want to switch from one full bass speaker to share the high quality sound of both sides of a room, simply break Duolink Speakerbuds in half to immediately create a stereo sound space. ”
How do they sound?
The battery life of the headphones themselves comes to four hours, while the speaker can last six hours – and if you want to use the speaker case to charge your headphones, you’ll get an additional eight hours of juice.
An IP54 waterproof and dustproof rating means that the headphones and speaker are suitable for outdoor use, while Bluetooth 5 should ensure a stable connection with your phone or tablet.
Duolink doesn’t offer a lot of information on the kind of sound quality we can expect from headphones and the speaker, other than that the speaker has a frequency range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz – about average for most personal audio devices.
You may have to wait a bit to test this audio for yourself too; Duolink speakers will be available to order on Kickstarter starting July 30 for $ 149 (around £ 120 / AU $ 220).
That said, there is an agreement for early subscribers to the Kickstarter campaign, which sees the price drop to $ 79 (around £ 65 / AU $ 115).
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