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Mike BauerBy Mike Bauer
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Mike BauerBy Mike Bauer
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$7,493
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About

Own a part of Detroit’s history. 

Be a part of its future.

We’re building one-of-a-kind, handcrafted audio equipment in Detroit, and we’re building it from Detroit.

Premium home audio that outperforms many top-selling brands, each speaker is a work of art. Reclaimed wood is beautiful and sustainable, but it also offers stability and density for superior sound quality, because it's from before the days of accelerated growth trees. This aged wood complements our investment in the electronics and structural design to deliver true-to-source fidelity. You make no compromises with Detroit Audio Lab.

We use salvaged wood from blighted homes slated for demolition. 90% of the materials from these properties can be reclaimed, keeping value and jobs in Detroit and material out of landfill.

The wood is then kiln-dried and handcrafted in Detroit into high-fidelity speakers and other gear—literally Made From Detroit™. Finally, each speaker is proudly engraved with the address from which the raw material was salvaged, honoring a heritage that’s been reborn for today.

And audiophiles, rejoice, because every component is brought together by the hands of passionate artists and engineers in the U.S. These are premium, room-filling speakers made to captivate all your senses. Find specs below or on our website, and if you’re in the Metro Detroit area, please contact us for an opportunity to experience these speakers in person.

Each piece arrives with a letterpress Address Card describing the Made From Detroit™ concept and featuring the address of your piece as well as a letterpress Maker Card proudly signed by the craftsman.

“Our products showcase and preserve Detroit’s history. Rather than dooming our structures to landfill, we breathe new life into them.”

-Mike Bauer, Founder

Why we need you…

We want to keep jobs here and do more for our community. Each piece is made by people dedicated to adding value to Detroit. What we get from Kickstarter will help us add equipment and train workers here in Detroit.

A portion of the proceeds from Detroit Audio Lab™ is contributed to Focus: HOPE, a local non-profit dedicated to overcoming racism, poverty, and injustice.

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 Kickstart Detroit!

  • Community integrity: Locally handcrafted in Detroit, from Detroit  
  • Economic integrity: Electronics designed and manufactured in the U.S.
  • Audio integrity: Feel good about every part of your speaker without compromising on audio quality
  • Environmental integrity: Reclaimed wood, lead-free solder, cork gaskets, and natural finishes 

The Speaker Specs

D:Audio Solo

A small stereo Bluetooth speaker with big sound and unexpected performance from a speaker this size.

  • Sealed enclosure provides very true-to-source response
  • Full-range 2.5″ drivers deliver impressive bass (~100Hz) as well as very clear high notes (20,000 Hz)
  • Connect with Bluetooth wireless or 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 4.2 stereo audio module supports high-resolution audio data formats
  • Highly efficient Class D stereo amplifier delivers clean, low distortion (<.005% THD+N*) at room-filling levels  
  • A single, proprietary printed circuit board holds both the Bluetooth module and amplifier
  • Custom circuitry for Bluetooth and amplifier is designed and manufactured in Michigan
  • Onboard controls for on/off, volume, and track selection
  • Onboard antenna for easy connectivity and streamlined appearance
  • Measures 12″x5″x6-½”
  • Power with an AC/DC adapter (included) or rechargeable, replaceable battery

D:Audio Riff

A stereo speaker with amazing sound and a lot of personality, the Riff is a two-way bass reflex system. Operate the Riff as a standalone system or connect it to your existing audio/visual entertainment system.

  • Two 4″-woofers and two 1″-domed tweeters deliver ~50 Hz of vented bass and 20,000 Hz of high notes
  • Two-way bass reflex system and separated chambers enhance stereo sound and imaging
  • Two custom crossover networks within each chamber separate signal to woofer and tweeter, optimizing sound and clarity
  • Connect with Bluetooth wireless, 3.5mm headphone jack, or conventional stereo connectors
  • Bluetooth 4.2 stereo audio module supports high-resolution audio data formats
  • Highly efficient Class D stereo amplifier delivers clean, low distortion (<.005% THD+N*) at room-filling levels
  • A single, proprietary printed circuit board holds both the Bluetooth module and amplifier
  • Custom circuitry for cross-over networks, Bluetooth and amplifier is designed and manufactured in Michigan
  • Use as standalone stereo entertainment system, or, integrate into your existing home entertainment system
  • On-board antenna provides easy connectivity and streamlined appearance
  • On-board controls for on/off, volume, and track selection
  • Measures 19″x9.75″x6″
  • Power with an AC/DC adapter (included) or optional rechargeable, replaceable battery

D:Audio Back-Beat

Bring on full Detroit Audio Lab sound with a pair of Back-Beat bookshelf speakers.

  • Two-way bass reflex speakers, powered by a 1″-Neo Ring tweeter and a 5.25″-woofer
  • Delivers very impressive bass and pinpoint imaging (~42 Hz to 20,000 Hz), unexpected in a speaker this size
  • Two custom crossover networks within each speaker separate signal to woofer and tweeter, optimizing sound and clarity
  • Connect using conventional stereo connectors
  • Plug in and upgrade your existing stereo entertainment system, or create a complete stereo entertainment system by pairing these speakers with the D:Audio Amp (which supports both Bluetooth and conventional connection)
  • Each measures 7-½”x10″x13″

D:Audio Voice

A passive amplifier with all the history and beauty of our speakers. It’s a striking piece for your home or office, allowing you to fill the room with music using only your smartphone or tablet. No electricity required!

D:Audio Amp

A small Bluetooth powerhouse at the center of your stereo system, the Amp is an integrated stereo amplifier that easily replaces a bulky receiver or conventional amplifier.

  • 100-Watt output drives your largest speakers
  • Bluetooth module coupled with a sophisticated, highly efficient Class D stereo amplifier delivers clean, low distortion at room-filling levels (< .1% THD+N* at 10W into an 8 OHM load)
  • Bluetooth 4.2 stereo audio module supports high-resolution audio data formats
  • Onboard controls for on/off, volume, and track selection
  • Switches easily between stereo Bluetooth wireless connectivity and conventional stereo jacks
  • Onboard antenna for easy connectivity and streamlined appearance
  • Measures just 5″x2″x8-½”
  • Power with an AC/DC adapter (included)

D:Audio Stand

Our contemporary, high-strength stand comfortably holds your speaker while hiding any wires. Offered in standard heights of 6″, 12″, 18″, and 24″ with proportional platforms. Customized heights (up to 24″) may be available upon request. Choose what works best for you.

 

Risks and challenges

Every Kickstarter project has risks and challenges, but we’ve leveraged our manufacturing experience to ensure Detroit Audio Lab's challenges are few.

We’re already producing high-quality products with performance that exceeds the expectations of our customers. A steady supply of reclaimed material is ready to be crafted into product. And our electronics suppliers are prepared to increase their volume as soon as we give the word.

With your support, we can grow the Detroit Audio Lab team and add more capable tools and equipment.

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    "High-Five" (Detroit Audio Lab™-style)

    In sincere appreciation of your support, we will "engrave" your name on the detroitaudiolab.com "Backer Board"!

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    Detroit Audio Lab™ Decal

    Show your support for handcrafted products "Made From Detroit™" with our locally made Detroit Audio Lab decal.

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    Detroit Audio Lab™ T-Shirt

    Show your Detroit pride while supporting Detroit Audio Lab and all things locally made. Our logo is printed front and center on this navy, 100% cotton T-Shirt (100% Made in the U.S.A.)

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    D:Audio "Stand" - Single

    Let one of our contemporary, high-strength stands hold your speaker securely. Proudly Made From Detroit™. Ready to go at 18" high; available at custom heights up to 24". Let us know what works for you. (Estimated Retail: $65)

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    D:Audio "Voice"

    Our “passive amplifier” is gorgeous. It works hard, too, amplifying the sound from your smart phone or small tablet. Its eloquent styling means it looks great even sitting quietly on your desk or shelf. Proudly Made From Detroit™. (Estimated Retail: $80)

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    D:Audio "Stand" - Pair

    This pair of contemporary, high-strength stands holds your bookshelf speakers securely. Proudly Made From Detroit™. Ready to go at 18" high, available at custom heights up to 24". Let us know what works for you. (Estimated Retail: $125)

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    D:Audio "Amp"

    At 100 Watts of output, our integrated stereo amplifier is powerful enough to drive your largest speakers. And small enough to sit just about anywhere. The Amp easily replaces a bulky receiver or conventional amplifier. Flip between wireless stereo Bluetooth connection and stereo RCA jacks. AC/DC adapter included. (Estimated Retail: $250)

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    D:Audio "Solo"

    Our small Bluetooth speaker with big sound. Full-range drivers deliver clear audio. Includes an AC/DC adapter or run on an internal rechargeable battery. (Estimated Retail: $500)

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    Authentic Made From Detroit™ Experience

    A special option for D:Audio speaker buyers only: The ultimate Made From Detroit™ Experience. Join our Detroit Audio Lab president in Detroit and work with our craftsmen, helping to create the speaker you ordered! We pick you up at DTW and head to dinner at an iconic Detroit dining establishment. Stay overnight as our guest at the Detroit Marriott, located on Detroit's riverfront. Spend the next morning with our Detroit Audio Lab craftsmen, helping to handcraft the speaker you ordered. Afterward, if your schedule allows, join us for a tour of “Hitsville U.S.A.”, the birthplace of Motown music (available Tue-Sat.) Your Made From Detroit™ Experience also includes breakfast, lunch and a return to the airport. (Reward does not include airfare or the cost of your speaker. A prior speaker pledge for Solo, Riff, or Back-Beat speakers is required. Your speaker will be shipped as soon as it’s complete.) We’ll schedule for 2017, based on mutual availability.

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    D:Audio "Riff"

    A speaker with amazing sound (and a most accommodating personality). Let the Riff stand out as a standalone system, or, connect it to your existing audio/visual entertainment system. Put it to work with either Bluetooth or conventional connection. And keep it going using either the AC/DC adapter (included) or internal rechargeable battery. (Estimated Retail: $770)

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    D:Audio "Back-Beat" Pair

    Bring on full Detroit Audio Lab sound with a pair of Back-Beat bookshelf speakers. These vented speakers reach down to ~45 Hz and up to 20,000 Hz, delivering a full range of performance for a full range of listeners. Back-Beat speakers plug right into your existing entertainment system for the ultimate Detroit Audio Lab sound performance. (Estimated Retail: $1,400)

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Funding period

- (45 days)