Odd Future x Boombotix Limited Edition Speaker Released

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Don’t deny the sweetness

Odd Future is always creating a stir with their outlandish statements, eccentric marketing efforts, and of course, their incendiary music. Naturally, we thought it was only right to do a collaboration with them. More recently, the collective has seen some turmoil as each talented individual artist has sought out to define their own brand and style. Wu-Tang Clan experienced a similar fragmentation in earlier years which ultimately ended up bringing us fantastic pieces like Cuban Links and Tical 2000. Odd Future’s members have been putting out some amazing work too. As we crafted this project with their team, we wanted to capture a special moment; A moment where a posse of likeminded creatives come together to build something off the chain.

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The limited edition Odd Future Boombot REX and Boombot PRO speaker set is fitted with Odd Future’s revered doughnut. The tonal anagram graphic is wrapped around both models. The PRO also features an inlaid Odd Future donut badge on the grill for those needed the next-level bling. We also tried to include a freshly made doughnut in the package, but the FDA threatened to hit us with multiple safety violations.

Find one at the Boombotix Store online or exclusively at Zumiez retail stores nationwide.

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If you’ve never seen an Odd Future music video, I highly recommend giving this one a watch with an open mind.

Boombotix x Fathom 3D Printed Cast

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3d printed cast empowers patients with analytics and audio

Once upon a time when I first moved to San Francisco, a guy by the name of Mike North (aka Dr. North) helped me out by offering me a desk in the corner of his Mission SF loft. North is always on the bleeding edge of technology which is one of the reasons I was excited to work alongside him. After giving a speech recently, he broke a leg. Rather than succumbing to sedentary life and adjusting his busy travel schedule, he turned it into a project.

Fathom Studios in Oakland helped out with the scanning and printing of the cast. Intel helped supply some of the electronic test boards. We just donated some Boombots to amp up the awesome. Check out the video below for more on the project. CNET recently covered the project and North plans on open sourcing the project with info on Instructables.

Boombot PRO Design Breakdown

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The Boombot PRO has a little more to it than just good looks and fancy zinc trim. Chris and I have worked on this design since the first Boombot REX came out in 2013. We’re going to share our process so you can understand what really makes the PRO our best of class.

ACOUSTICS

While the REX sounds awesome and has a ton of punch, we put a big emphasis on trying to bring the bass response to life on this unit. We were capped out on the 36mm drivers on the Boombot REX. We bumped up the speaker sizes to 40mm and wattage went from 3W to 5W. The larger drivers had stronger bass response, so we were able to do away with the passive radiator in favor of increasing the air space in the speaker cabinet. When we saw the impact we were having by increasing air volume, we rounded out the front of the speaker housing to buy even more. The result was an increase in bass response of over 50%. The moment you turn the PRO on, you’ll notice a fuller, deeper and richer sound than the Boombot REX.

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INTERNAL POWER

Internally, we have two high fidelity drivers pushing a lot more power than the Boombot REX Managing the power and reducing noise is key as you add power. Rather than driving two speakers with one amp, we built in dual amps that drive each speaker separately. This not only allowed us to push a true stereo configuration but it also improved the clarity on each driver.

HYBRID PLAYBACK

The Boombot PRO incorporates hybrid playback with Chambers mode as a standard feature. Having 2GB of internal storage allows the Boombot PRO to operate completely untethered from a handset. We thought this was especially useful for applications where we’d have exposure to water.

WATERPROOFING

On the Boombot PRO, you’ll notice the texture is slightly different from our other products. The entire outside is done in a rubber over-mold. This is a process where you double-tool the mold. While this process is more expensive in tooling, it also ensures that the housing is full protected from elements. The new double-tooled mold also increased the housing structure and air sealing which ultimately had a positive impact on acoustics as well. The process makes the Boombot PRO more drop resistant than anything we’ve ever made, and of course, fully waterproofed. You will notice that we’ve eliminated the beloved 3.5mm auxiliary jack. Part of this choice was to make waterproofing easier, and part of it was just because it’s 2015- we’re dedicated to wireless.

FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS

At Boombotix, we’re never really done with our design.. That’s prompted us to look for future weight reduction plans. The door that currently covers the micro-USB does the job of sealing, but we’re also looking to make that a little easier to snap into place. If you have any other suggestions on design refinements for the future Boombot PRO, please let us know!

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Boombotix Launches Achozen on the Boombot PRO

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This week is a historical for us here at Boombotix. Along with the release of the Boombot PRO, we’ve worked with RZA to tie in a digital content release under Achozen. RZA has worked closely with Shavo Odadjian of System Of A Down to help us create a unique blend of hip-hop rock-metal. When I first heard the album, my first reference was the Blade Soundtrack; It incorporated heavy bass lines fused with guitar riffs creating a vibe that could have come off the tables of KRS-One. It’s hard-hitting, guttural, and masculine, and yet, there are no cuss words!? The Achozen project has been an active discussion on internet forums starting in 2008 when the group released its first song, “Deuces.” This LP has a number of artists jumping on to help produce and we’re glad to wrap this into the launch of the Boombot PRO.

The Boombot PRO features eight exclusive songs from the as yet unreleased Achozen LP. Described by Odadjian as an organic record developed from musicians “just mixing beats and crafting sounds,” the album features other top names such as George Clinton, and John Frusciante. This endeavor revives 90’s-era nostalgia for garage bands famously known for jamming through the night.

“It was really just two friends playing beats and trying to mix them together,” said Odadiian. “I didn’t want to be a Wu-Tang Affiliate, or a System Of A Down affiliate, I wanted this to be its own entity.”

The Boombot PRO is designed for those that demand the highest level of audio performance. Later this week we’ll get in deep detail about the design, but the basics are that the speaker incorporates pro-tuned acoustics, built-in flash storage, the rivaled Boombotix clip-on design and a waterproof hybrid construction that is capable of withstanding submersion up to three feet. Released with the PRO is the smaller version, the MINI, which boasts only five ounces of weight and sound that rivals all other speakers of equal size.

“We’re turning the table on how musicians and fans view music and creative input,” said RZA. “This project has been ready for a long time and releasing it with this new content strategy creates a special moment for the artist and brick and mortar retailers to drive excitement around music.”

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Boombotix Partners with Grateful Dead for 50th Anniversary

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We’re happy to announce the release of a limited edition Boombot REX for the final tour of the Grateful Dead. We’ve worked closely with Rhino Records/Grateful Dead team to craft this design to reflect the long standing legacy of this group.

With a big focus on content, we wanted to incorporate several tracks that capture the journey through their careers. Each limited edition Boombot REX will also come with a link to download three classic Grateful Dead songs: “Truckin’,” “Ripple” and “Touch of Grey.” David Lemieux, the band’s official archivist, chose these three songs because of their importance to the Grateful Dead’s career.

“’Touch of Grey,’ to many people [this] is the song that put the Grateful Dead on the map,” said Lemieux. “Debuted live in 1982, and released in 1987 on the hit album ‘In The Dark,’ ‘Touch Of Grey’ was a Top 10 single, growing the Dead’s audience by a huge amount virtually overnight. Many people felt it was the success of this song that brought the Dead from status of cult band to mainstream success.”

Two “Miracle Tickets” to the sold-out June 28th concert in Santa Clara, Calif. will be hidden in one customized red, white and blue Boombot REX featuring the famed “Steal Your Face” and original 50th anniversary artwork. The speaker with the “Miracle Tickets” is being sold through Target.com.

We developed the project in conjunction with Warner Bros. Music Group for licensing of the musical compilation embedded in the limited edition Boombot REX.

“This partnership furthers our goal to put music back into the consumer’s hands,” said Mustafa Shaikh, director of marketing for Boombotix. “With the recent announcement of Robert “RZA” Diggs as our head of product development, we expect further collaborations with music lovers just like this one.”

The Grateful Dead Boombot REX will be available exclusively at Target.com. See if you can be one of the few to score a “miracle” ticket.

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