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Incredible sounding, great looking speakers made from solid wood. Portable Bluetooth, Headphones, Earbuds and Bookshelf Speakers.

You made it!  Stretch Goal #3 achieved.  If we get to $155,000 before the campaign ends we'll add in one more FREE gift to all our backers!

Stretch Goal #3 ($150,000) - Increase Stretch Goal #2 from 20% to 25% for a one time only discount code at www.grainaudio.com.

Stretch Goal #2 ($145,000) - 20% one time only discount code for our Kickstarter supporters at www.grainaudio.com.

Stretch Goal of $135,000 achieved!  Thanks for the support.

What happens when two ex-Altec Lansing guys, an architect/furniture designer and a liquor industry operational expert come together?  

Ask these guys...

Grain puts the speaker first, letting function inform structure no matter how or where you intend to pump up the volume. - Cool Hunting

Grain Audio's new line of minimalist, solid wood speakers and headphones designed for those who "just truly love music", so, don't even think about buying 'em if you "just sort of tolerate" it. - Thrillist

Up and coming consumer audio player Grain Audio is crafting speakers that look as great as they sound. - Details Insider

Solid walnut and metal quality, not plastic crap, is the message from the Packable Wireless System (PWS) by Grain Audio... Sleek and simple on the eye, clear and powerful in the ear, it’s a speaker keeper. - MOCOLOCO

Grain Audio designs and builds products for people who love their music.  Simply stated, our priority is to put MUSIC, and not consumer electronics, first again.

Check out our products below and join the Grain Audio community:

The Packable Wireless System (PWS):

PWS - Front and Top View
PWS - Front and Top View

The Packable Wireless System from Grain Audio sets itself apart from the competition in both sound and design.  The FSC certified walnut enclosure, combined with Waves MaxxAudio suite ensures studio quality sound out of a super portable speaker.  Eight hours of battery life allows you to rock without having to worry about charging.  

tech specs:

  • WxDxH- 7" x 2 3/8" x 3 1/8" (180mm x 60mm x 80mm)
  • AAC Support
  • BT 3.0+A2DP with APT-X technology
  • Grammy Award Winning MAXXAUDIO sound processing
  • 2 x 2” proprietary loudspeakers
  • Proprietary passive radiator 
  • Rechargeable LioN battery with 8 hours playtime
  • Patent pending thru-bolted, braced panel construction
  • 1 5V AC adapter (included)
  • 1 36” USB cable (included)
  • 1 60” 3.5MM cable (included)
  • 1 carry pouch (included)

In-Ear Headphones (IEHP):

IEHP - Earbuds and Mic
IEHP - Earbuds and Mic

Our In-Ear Headphones deliver perfect sound and design.  The solid FSC certified walnut casings ensure the best possible sound with crystal clear highs and booming lows.  The comfort fit design allows its owner to listen for hours without any pain.

tech specs:

  • 2x8mm proprietary loudspeakers featuring Neodymium magnets and a CCAW voice coil
  • TPE jacketed cable
  • 3.5mm jack
  • in-line mic and remote
  • 4 pair interchangeable silicone ear tips (included)
  • 1 carry pouch (included)

Over-Ear Headphones (OEHP):

OEHP - Front and Three-Quarter Views
OEHP - Front and Three-Quarter Views

Impeccable sound meets clean design with our Over-Ear Headphones.  A natural sound curve means the music is delivered as it was meant to be heard.  The substantial FSC certified walnut ear cups ensure better audio quality while elevating headphone design to new heights.  

tech specs:

  • 2x40mm proprietary loudspeakers featuring Neodymium magnets and a CCAW voice coil
  • TPE jacketed cable
  • 3.5mm jack and 1/4” adapter
  • in-line mic and remote
  • 1 1/4” phono adapter (included)
  • 1 soft travel case (included)


Passive Bookshelf System (PBS):

PBS - Front and Top View (Note:  The PBS come in pairs, not a single speaker)
PBS - Front and Top View (Note: The PBS come in pairs, not a single speaker)
PBS - Back View
PBS - Back View

These speakers were originally constructed by hand and designed for green rooms in venues such as The Capitol Theater and Terminal 5. The pair of speakers have a natural sound curve that ensures the music translates exactly as the artist intended. With a craftsman-quality design, owners will display them with pride and make these speakers the focus of the room.

"My impression of the sound quality is that it is very balanced, super clear mid-range especially, highs are nice and accurate but not too bright... they have been a very nice addition to the office, they really sound nice and look terrific and we are thankful."  - Marc Richardson, Editor-in-Chief, Pitchfork

tech specs:

  • Set of 2 Speakers included in package
  • WxDxH - 12" x 8 1/8" x 7 1/2" (305mm x 205mm x 190 mm)
  • 100watts RMS power handling
  • 5.25” midbass woofer featuring Neodymium magnets and CCAW voice coils
  • Bass reflex enclosure
  • Rubber feet for table top mounting
  • Mounting holes for wall mount

But Don't Just Take Our Word for it...

"What drew me to compliment the speakers in the first place was how NATURAL they represent acoustic instruments.  They just sound rich and the smooth high end is like BUTTER! (of course Led Zeppelin didn't sound too shabby on them either!!!!!!)" - Keith Sewell, Nashville Recording Artist, Toured with Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Scaggs

"We are excited to have Grain Audio's fantastic PBS units installed in both our office conference room and the green rooms of several of our venues. Touring artists are enjoying the sound and love seeing Grain's equipment in various cities." - Jesse Mann, GM; The Bowery Presents

"We're really excited to have Grain Audio's Passive Bookshelf Speakers in all the artist dressing rooms at The Capitol Theater."  - Scott Raved, Director of Operations; The Capitol Theater

"Listening to the speakers made me feel like the band was playing right in front of me.  I'm thrilled to be involved with such a great product."   - Johnny Damon, Professional Baseball Player

The Jambox — the category-definer, and up til now our favorite all-around Bluetooth speaker– sounded positively weak compared to the room-filling PWS. - Cult of Mac

The simple fact is that products are only as good as what they accomplish, and with Bluetooth speakers that's the quality and presence - aka volume - of the music they blast out. Grain's Packable Wireless System, or PWS, isn't short on either... - Gear Hungry

If you are in the market for new headphones or speakers, look no further! Grain Audio is doing great on Kickstarter and have almost reached their goal of $120,000! Grain Audio features solid wood design and crystal clear sound. We can't wait to rock ours in the office!" - The Crowdfund Mafia

T-Shirts:

These are black cotton t-shirts (because all t-shirts should be black) with a dark gray silkscreen showing the product on the front and our logo and product name on the back.

Posters:

As part of our pledge rewards we're offering a couple of "concert" posters we've been collaborating on with two well regarded artists of the trade. We gave them freedom to interpret our brand as they see it, see the results below.

Poster #1 from Invisible Creature
Poster #1 from Invisible Creature
Poster #2 from Crosshair Chicago
Poster #2 from Crosshair Chicago

Our Craft

Great sound is an art form. In a world where listeners have become comfortable with “good enough” we're saying screw the mediocre and mundane and bring on crystal clear solos and chest thumping bass lines. We want you to hear and feel it all.

Beautifully executed products seal the deal. With experience comes an understanding that clarity and quality make a difference. We examine each feature and detail to ensure that our underlying commitment to well-crafted, understandable products comes through. We keep doing that over and over until we get it right.

Our Responsibility

We take responsibility seriously - responsibility to our customer and to the community around us.

We strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible, using recycled and sustainable materials wherever we can while offsetting where we cannot. We will also contribute a percentage of each sale to music and community related charities to help ensure future generations carry on our passion for music.

Our Products

We are exacting when it comes to sound quality and design. Our standards are high and each of our products is grounded in our core values.

As part of this effort we have chosen solid wood as the performance and aesthetic backbone of our product line. Wood is an amazing material for audio transmission. It brings a natural warmth to the sound stage that no other material can match. 

Wood also has an amazing visual quality and, when sourced correctly, is a responsible building material.  Every one of our products has an integral wooden component to it. Not a veneer, but solid wood... for its beauty and influence on sound quality. The unique grain structure of each piece of wood makes every one of our products a truly one of a kind design object. No other brand on the market can claim this across its entire product line.

Have any questions?  Contact the project creator directly and ask away.

Manufacturing Schedule

We're moving forward as quickly as we can and have done most of the R&D and prototyping with a significant investment of dollars from the team members.  Your pledges will help us with:

  • Final Tooling
  • Pre-production run and final measurement and analysis
  • Initial production run


We are excited to have you as part of the Grain Audio community.  We want to get these into your hands first and hear what you think, and work with all of you to develop the best product possible.  

As far as dates go:

  • Late March:  Final approval on IEHP and OEHP mockups to begin tooling
  • Early April:  First run pre-production on PWS for mass production approval and manufacturing line setup & submission to various certification authorities
  • Early April:  Review PBS mockups with manufacturing partner for mass production approval
  • Late April:  Approve pre-production samples for IEHP
  • Late April:  Finalize tooling for OEHP
  • Early May:  Mass production of all units (PWS, IEHP, OEHP, PBS)
  • May:  Shipping and handling of manufactured products
  • Early to Mid-June:  DELIVERY!  You get your stuff

Note:  We will have all of the T-Shirts and posters in advance of the products and will be happy to send them to you if you want them.  We'll give you the choice.

Thanks for taking the time to check us out.  We hope you're as excited as we are.  Now get involved!  Don't be shy...


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We will have potential schedule and shipping bottlenecks, however our vendors are currently supplying some of the most respected brands in the world. So while these risks are unavoidable, they will be managed to within 15 days of delays at most. We are confident that we will be able to resolve any issues quickly and without disruption to the Kickstarter supporters.

Additionally, all of our products come with a one year manufacturer's warranty, and an additional year if you register your product at GrainAudio.com upon receipt. We'll stand behind our products come thick or thin.

FAQ

  • The PBS is a set of two speakers (one left and one right channel)

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  • The rechargeable battery lasts over 8 hours and have been known to last 12 if you’re nice to it.

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  • Not only will it work, but it will rock. Also, Bluetooth is a global standard designed to work on any device including yours.

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  • You bet. We are offering free U.S. ground shipping and international (on the everything but the PBS and the Whole Enchilada - $75 on each to ship internationally) freight for Kickstarter backers! Expedited delivery will be available at an extra cost. Please disregard the International Shipping cost on the "Whole Enchilada Pledge" ($900). We will simply charge $75 to ship this package internationally. NOTE: We are working to update the current pledge on the page, if we can not do that we will create a new tier and encourage all of our international friends and backers to use the newly created tier.

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  • Well, truth be told, we’re in the middle of the process (check it out below). We want to get you guys the products so you can talk about how much you love them to all your friends before we launch at retail. Its important to us that you have them BEFORE anyone else

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  • It sure does. The cable for the OEHP is removable from the ear cup. In fact, we're planning on offering different cable styles as time goes on.

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    You rock and we love you. For $20 you'll get our eternal gratitude, a Grain Audio t-shirt and a Rock print poster. Plus we'll list you as a supporter on our website.

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    Yes, the t-shirt, the posting and the listing but also the IEHP (In Ear Headphones - $99 value). Rock your ears in these super comfortable perfect sounding ear buds. So you know this is the only time we'll be giving it away for less, but for you our friends, it's worth it.

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    Yup, t-shirt, poster, listing and this time, the OEHP (Over Ear Headphones - $199 value). Block the world out, let the crystal clear sounds in, and look really good doing it.

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    Yes and also yes, t-shirt, poster, listing. But now, you guessed it - you get the packable (PWS, $249 value) for your listening pleasure. The amazing, real wood, Bluetooth Speaker that has the crowds going wild. You'll be blown away by the sound and design, shouting out its attributes from the rooftops. Again, no discounts beyond this so you can brag that you got it first AND for less.

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    The Headphone Combination! At this level you will receive both the IEHP and OEHP ($298 retail value). At no additional cost we will include a T-Shirt, Poster and Thank You listing on our website. You've been asking and now we delivered!

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    T-shirt, poster, listing, tigers and bears, oh my. For this contribution you'll get the IEHP and PWS ($348 retail value) so you are a portable listening machine. Whether on the subway, train or on the road you'll have the product that you need and the sound that you want.

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    Correct, t-shirt, poster, listing and eternal gratitude. This contribution gets you the OEHP and PWS ($448 retail value) so you can shut the world out or bring them all in, depending on your mood. Blow people's minds with the design and sound of the PWS, or blow your mind with the sound and theirs with the design of the OEHP.

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    Right, you guessed it, and you'll love it. But now, get the IEHP, OEHP and PWS ($547 retail value). Go in-ear, over ear or out loud. However you want it, when-ever you want it. Keep one and share with a friend, or keep one 'em all and use them as you see fit. Amazing design, perfect sound, what more could you want?

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    Uh huh, all the stuff, you know it by now. This time you get a LIMITED EDITION PBS (Passive Bookshelf Speakers - $699 value) that will have a laser etched tag to let you know its one of the first 200 off the line. This one and only time we'll do this for our KS friends, so get while the getting is good. Think what Bob Dylan listened to when he played opening night at the Cap is good enough for your living room? Yeah, so do we.

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    STRETCH GOAL REWARD. 2 PWS plus VIP at our launch concert in Boston, MA! For this stretch goal reward you and a friend will each get a PWS (2 total) and be placed on the VIP list for our launch concert event at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. That means you can come early for the press event, watch the band (TBD, but trust us, it will be great) do a mini-set and then be in the VIP section for the actual concert. Only two of these available, so get it now.

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    STRETCH GOAL REWARD. 2 PWS plus VIP at our launch concert in Brooklyn, NY! For this stretch goal reward you and a friend will each get a PWS (2 total) and be placed on the VIP list for our launch concert event at The Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. That means you can come early for the press event, watch the band (TBD, but trust us, it will be great) do a mini-set and then be in the VIP section for the actual concert. Only two of these available, so get it now.

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    STRETCH GOAL REWARD. 2 PWS plus VIP at our launch concert in Philadelphia, PA! For this stretch goal reward you and a friend will each get a PWS (2 total) and be placed on the VIP list for our launch concert event at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA. That means you can come early for the press event, watch the band (TBD, but trust us, it will be great) do a mini-set and then be in the VIP section for the actual concert. Only two of these available, so get it now.

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    This one's the whole enchilada. You get the PWS, IEHP, OEHP and the LIMITED EDITION PBS (a $1246 retail value). That's one of everything we've got, meaning you're listening to Grain Audio anywhere you go, lucky you (and us). Plus we'll throw in a few T-Shirts (3 to be exact) and Posters (also 3) so you've got one for you and two more to share.

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    The INTERNATIONAL (Better shipping rates than originally planned) ENCHILADA. You get the PWS, IEHP, OEHP and the LIMITED EDITION PBS (a $1246 retail value). That's one of everything we've got, meaning you're listening to Grain Audio anywhere you go, lucky you (and us). Plus we'll throw in a few T-Shirts (3 to be exact) and Posters (also 3) so you've got one for you and two more to share. THIS IS AN UPDATE TO PROVIDE BETTER INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING COSTS FOR THE "WHOLE ENCHILADA". US RESIDENTS ARE EXCLUDED FROM SHIPPING COSTS.

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    STRETCH GOAL REWARD. PBS, PWS, and VIP Concert Experience. For this pledge amount we'll give you a pair of the PBS speakers, a PWS, and a VIP Table for 4 (including tickets) to a show in June at Terminal 5 in NYC. We're working with our great friends at Bowery Presents to bring this special experience to you. So not only will you have the speakers that the artists are listening to backstage, you'll also get to watch them from the best seats in the house.

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