We're dusting off the vintage radio and giving it a chance to sing again.
Introducing Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speakers. Bluetooth 4.0 connected speakers built from beautiful vintage radios.
Beautiful objects have been built to produce music throughout history. Some continue to be used for decades or centuries, while others collect dust, as their music sources become obsolete. Throughout the last century, millions of wonderful, unique AM radios were produced around the world to proudly broadcast from tables, bookshelves and mantles, yet when was the last time you turned one on? We're dusting off the vintage radio and giving it a chance to sing again. Introducing the Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker.
Old meets new
These beautiful musical relics deserve a chance to shine again. We're bringing them back to life by replacing their aged electronics with a brand new 8W Bluetooth 4.0 amplifier. This transforms these obsolete radios into beautiful universal Bluetooth speakers, ready to play any music your heart desires. Mixing old and new not only produces completely unique Bluetooth speakers, it is also environmentally friendly. As the only new components are the circuit-boards, power cords, and a little wiring, every Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker produced is one less vintage radio in landfill and one less new speaker and casing produced.
How to use
With an unlimited number of unique styles, there is a Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker for every room of your home, office or workshop. Each converted radio comes with a brand new amplifier for reliability and peace-of-mind, while retaining the original speaker for a classic sound. Simply plug it in, turn on your phone's Bluetooth and turn up the tunes! The amplifier runs Bluetooth 4.0, so will work with a huge range of devices. No special apps needed, just connect and hit play.
Go for a cruise
Take your Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker with you wherever you chose. Power is supplied via a special USB cable, allowing your new speaker to be powered just about anywhere, via your phone charger, in the car, or add a USB battery bank* and play music anywhere. Anything with a 1.5A or higher USB output will get the tunes cranking. By connecting to your existing battery bank* or charger, we're avoiding making unnecessary batteries and power supplies, making our speakers even more environmentally friendly.
*Battery banks must have an output of 1.5A or higher to succesfully power our bluetooth speakers.
Why we do
Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speakers are the first product range in our effort to breathe new life into beautiful old objects. At Boe we love the look of 1930s to 1970s mantel and tabletop radios, but with their aging electronics and AM only reception we don't have a use for them. Bluetooth speakers are popping up everywhere and we love their convenience, we don't want yet another throw-away electronic device. We decided to fill two needs with one deed, giving old radios a new life and getting a bluetooth speaker without the waste. Our grand plan is to continue to blur the line between new and old, by developing quality products that meet the same needs as new devices, but with unique style and reduced environmental impact through re-use.
What we choose
We carefully hand pick every radio that we convert. All our converted radios proudly show the battle scars of a life well lived. They have chips or scratches, marks or fading, but they are solid and they are beautiful. Every one tells a story, and with our conversion, every one now has another lifetime to live. We all have a story to tell, so too should our possessions.
One for you (Rewards)
If you want to be one of the first in the world to get your hands on one of our Bluetooth speakers, you are in the right place. Take a look at the speakers shown below, and if one in particular jumps out at you make sure you grab it in the rewards section before someone else does. Remember, no 2 are identical, so if you see something that you love, make it yours. All speakers ship with a USB power cable, making it easy to power them anywhere in the world.
Don't see your dream speaker yet? Grab yourself a voucher to put towards the perfect one when it becomes available down the track through our website.
Love surprises? Pick the 'Surprise Speaker' reward, and not only will you get a discount over the retail price, you will also receive one of the first speakers to be built, delivered to your door, and the style will be a complete secret until you open the box!
Already have a beautiful old radio collecting dust? If it is of a similar size and style to the ones shown here we can convert it for you. Grab our 'Have your radio converted by Boe' reward, and when the campaign is over you will be able to send your radio to us, we will convert it and return it to you.
Stretch Goal - $3,000
Introducing the Big Speaker - Agostino! We're so excited that people are really connecting with our bluetooth speakers, so excited in fact, that we've decided to release their big brother a little earlier. Based on larger, non-portable Big Speakers come with dual functionality. As well as a 20W amplifier, all Big Speakers also come with a new speaker fitted in addition to the original, which can be connected to your home theater for the perfect period looking centre channel.
Our world view
Our goal is to produce a range of products across all fields that blur the line between new and secondhand by offering the best of both worlds. We want to produce products that are so good that people will want them regardless of their age or environmental credentials, not because of them. Your support will help us to finance the testing, compliance and certification of our beautiful Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speakers. This will help us to offer you more amazing, unique, re-created products in the future.
Meet the designer
All my life I have tinkered with old things, found ways to repair them or re-use them. I have always been fascinated by how things are made, especially those with handmade touches, whether that be pinstriped paint, man-made welds or hand soldered electronics. In an era where almost everything is machine made for efficiency, there is something beautiful about products where no 2 are ever perfectly identical.
As a trained designer and engineer, I have spent years finding new ways to make use of old products. With the recent birth of my first child I feel the time is now right to put all of my energy into creating a better world for our generation and the ones following, by re-imagining the re-use and re-creation of products. If you want to follow this journey, please keep an eye on Instagram, Facebook and Builtonenthusiasm.com
Boe bluetooth speakers are proudly made in Australia, and are designed to meet Australian legislation. We are happy to ship our radios worldwide, however please note that we have not undertaken product testing for any specific requirements relating to countries outside of Australia.
What comes next?
You won't have to wait long to receive your reward with Boe. We have sample radios built already and have our testing house lined up. All of our suppliers for parts are lined up and we have access to a great range of donor radios to fulfill Surprise Speaker pledges. With no overseas manufacturing to undertake, and no tooling to make, we promise you won't be waiting long to get your hands on your reward.
Speakers shown in this campaign will be the first to ship, followed by Surprise Speakers. We promise to fulfill every Surprise Speaker pledge before we make any available to the general public through our website. As soon as we have radios up on our website we will notify all voucher pledgers to give them first pick of our bluetooth speakers as they become available. Website retail price is intended to be $280.
Risks and challenges
Every radio is different.
Hundreds, if not thousands of different models of mantel and tabletop radios were produced during the '50s, '60s and '70s. Because we are not using the original electronic components, their variety is not a concern. We have carefully selected a bluetooth amplifier board that is compact enough to fit in any case, with the volume control and power connection on separate wires so that they can be located wherever the case requires. The volume control has a nice universal fitting so that we can generally reuse the original volume knob, while the power connection has been selected to fit unobtrusively where the original power cord exited.
In the interests of safety we decided to keep high voltages out of our speakers. All speakers are 12V only, powered by a unique USB cable that connects directly to your existing phone charger or USB battery bank*. To make things even safer we've kept soldering to a minimum, and fused the power input on every conversion. By not using any old electronics other than the speaker we mitigate any risks that could occur through old failing electronic components and wiring.
We chose to operate with bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to maximise compatibility. No additional apps or cables needed, just turn on bluetooth on your phone, select the speaker and hit play!
Australian Standards compliance is one of the tasks that will be undertaken with the money raised in this campaign, however we are confident that we will pass with flying colours. Our bluetooth module has been FCC tested and our 12V, 8W per channel amplifier is low enough powered that we are advised it should be a walk in the park.
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