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The worlds only "pure audio" portable speaker. Other speakers change the music to manage distortion. We do not. Ships for Christmas.
The worlds only "pure audio" portable speaker. Other speakers change the music to manage distortion. We do not. Ships for Christmas.
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Astro - The worlds only "pure audio" Bluetooth speaker!

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Thank you so much for all of your support- it has been a blast!  Our campaign has concluded, but you can still pre-order from our special limited first-run that will ship for Christmas. You can also pre-order for our full production run at a discount until Dec 5th at Tree-labs.com before it goes to it's full retail price of $179.

If you don't read anything else on this page, these are the 4 things you should know about Astro Speaker that makes us who we are. Not something the same but slightly better - just uniquely us.

The rest is all the fun details!

#1) We are THE ONLY Bluetooth speaker that is focused on pure audio. All other speakers, including BOSE and UE Boom, use a piece of software to change the music to better fit the format of the speaker. This means that the music that goes in is not the same as what comes out. We figured out a way, using different hardware, to control this distortion without changing the sound. Pure Audio - what goes in comes out! (for a full explanation see the "Astro allows the full range of music to be heard" section). 

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#2) We have put as much thought into designing a great speaker to look at as to listen to. We have 12 designs to choose from, from the sleek and basic black speaker to the "work of art for your home" options designed by the famous "Tattoo Temple" art house (one design only being sold during this campaign and never again after). More details below in the Tattoo Temple partnership section.

12 Designs to choose from
12 Designs to choose from

#3) We will deliver the first 2000 orders by Christmas. We scoured Kickstarter and very few projects are offering this. We have pre-invested in a limited batch run (that influencers from our videos below have tried out) and they are ready to go as soon as we close. If you want a combination that is not available in a current reward, choose the $10 reward, add up all the items you want and send us a note letting us know what amount you pledged and what you want and we will confirm it.

#4) We are not trying to be like anyone else - we are trying to just be the best speaker to hear music the way it was meant to be heard. We know one of the questions that this must make you ask is "how does listening to pure audio compare to what I know today? You will see and hear a lot of comparisons in social media to the brands below and we want to set the record straight - we aren't trying to be better at bass or have a bigger sound (though Astro is good at both) - we are trying to help you appreciate the full range of the song.

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Below is our own honest self-evaluation off how we compare to the leading portable speakers. 

A non-biased review of how we compare in sound.

And for those more technically curious.....an explanation of what makes it different.

THE BASS: For the best reference on the amount of Bass Astro has, go check the UE BOOM 2, in stores everywhere. It's really the closest on the market that we can refer to. The Bose Mini Soundlink 2 and JBL Charge 2+ have the most bass on the mass market (around 70Hz compared to our 90Hz). We didn't want to design a speaker where bass would overpower everything else. We wanted bass, mid and highs to be well balanced on Astro to offer an alternative to what the market is offering.

Bose’s® $200 portable speaker, which won PC Mag’s “Editor’s Choice” award for portable speakers, was reviewed with the following statement…

“[they] have a long way to go before audiophiles and purists hop onboard.”

MID-HIGH: This is really where we shine. We don't control the signal with DSP in order to manage distortion. We used good quality hardware and design to handle the distortion.

DSP: We don't use DSP. Bose is really using DSP the most and the most professional with it. This adjust the sound to fit the speaker to reduce distortion. The drivers on the Bose are 40mm wide, ours are 50mm wide. Bose uses complex DSP that basically adjust the frequencies or even removes some of them as your song is playing in order to fit the speaker and reduce the distortion. This is especially true on the mid and highs which if you pay attention feels flat and very controlled on the Bose. It's a quite impressive piece of software.

And that's Astro! Please do email us astrokickstarter@gmail.com or throw a comment on our page if you want to talk about any of the 4 points above. We believe in them, we stand behind them and are passionate about them. The rest below are the details you need to spend your hard earned money on our project. But, we promise you that if you do, you will have one of the best music-listening experiences possible out of a speaker at this size and price.

The rest......

 Watch a video about what Pure Audio is!

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What is Pure Audio?

                        Astro aims to give you that richness that you’re missing!

Even the best portable speakers do it..... 

Bose’s® $200 portable speaker, which won PC Mag’s “Editor’s Choice” award for portable speakers, was reviewed with the following statement…

“[they] have a long way to go before audiophiles and purists hop onboard.”

We’re dedicated to getting right what the industry leaders have not.*

Astro only comes with an “On/Off” button because that’s all you should need. You control the rest with your phone and enjoy the beauty of the sound and the system.

Astro is compatible with any device that has Bluetooth capabilities and/or AUX outputs. Connect Astro to your iOS or Android mobile device, iPad, laptop, desktop or any other Bluetooth capable device. Easily stream Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, iTunes and any other app from your device to Astro!

 Great video about who Tattoo Temple is and their inspiration for this project.

Astro has paired up with Tattoo Temple, one of the most exclusive tattoo studios in the world, to create a line of designs specifically for Kickstarter. Tattoo Temple only partners with products and clients that share their philosophy of “lifelong learning, continued development and pursuit of perfection.” Each speaker will have the work of a different artist on the front and back, displaying beautiful artwork along with Astro’s beautiful sound.

Tattoo Temple has been named "Top 3 Tattoo Studio Globally" since 2011 in The New York Times, Total Tattoo Magazine, Travel Network, Travel House UK and Matador Network. Each tattoo that is designed by their artists is designed specifically for every client and involves months of preparation. Although there might be a three-year wait list to work with the artists at Tattoo Temple, you can get their artwork right here on Kickstarter with the Astro Tattoo Temple designs.

 

NOTE: We have added a reward for a pair of both our standard speaker and the Tattoo Temple speakers. Please see the bottom of the reward list for more details. 

If you love Tattoo Temple designs and want to show your support, back at the $29 level and receive your choice of 2, high quality, 100% cotton bags (40 x 35cm). Both were designed by Joey Pang, Tattoo Temple's founder and lead Tattoo artist and a beautiful way to show your support for the campaign.

Plus....FREE SHIPPING!

Meaning: Pursue Your Dreams
Meaning: Pursue Your Dreams
Meaning: Good Fortune
Meaning: Good Fortune

Unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFspDA2itas 

We’re working hard to launch this campaign and, with the funds, we will produce 2,000 speakers that will be ready to deliver by Christmas- but we need your help to go into full production and make portable "pure audio" a reality.

Up close look at material and fit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j99hB9fRA9Q  

M.R.K.T. reflects the thriving urban streets of the world where creativity radiates, unconventional ideas are tested and individuality inspires. M.R.K.T. was started in 2010 by Harvard-trained architect Tom Pen as he set out to challenge conventional fashion trends and, today, continues to create accessories inspired by clean and pure form. Structure, function and geometry are the guides as they push the boundaries of design in every product they create.

Your Astro protective case will be made from the best materials: felt and microfiber. The felt is resistant and durable and the microfiber makes it soft and a great substitute to its leather counterpart.

Find out more at MRKTSTORE.COM

We have been working in the audio industry for a very long time, specifically in the product development and manufacturing segment. We got started working in the wireless segment when Bluetooth was starting to be interesting in the audio environment and worked on products for different brands and retailers. We quickly realized that many manufacturer and brands were not audio guys, but more electronics products developers and that audio quality was a secondary requirement and/or not something they were capable of developing. We also saw that because they didn’t have the experience they were relying a lot on software to get a “good” sound.

Astro is really the conclusion of all our years developing products for others (about 50 years collectively!) and also our own passion to sound and design. If we were to give a clear line of where the Astro is coming from, it would be about 3 years ago, when we started working on a solution that would be the best we could do. We first completed a full solution (something that works and can be released), then were not completely happy with it, then did another round of development to improve on the first, then another and so on, learning about all that could be done and pushing things to their limits as we went. Today, Astro is really a current culmination of what we learned and what we tried to achieve 3 years ago and finally also our own design sensibilities without the constraint and requirements of our customers. And of course once Astro is released we will keep on pushing the envelope.

We are leveraging Kickstarter so that we can focus on the design that pure audio enthusiasts care about, instead of the design that comes from the cost-cutting demands of retailers.

To do this, and to help bring the best “pure audio” speaker to you, we need help funding the initial materials and manufacturing costs for Astro. That’s why we are coming to you.

Disclaimers:

*Bose is a registered trademark of BOSE Corp of Framingham Massachusetts. 

No claims have been verified by an independent testing laboratory. 

Risks and challenges

Just like any other project, there is always the risk of not meeting our shipping dates, as challenges can arise. With our campaign, we took you, our backers, into consideration and made sure to set realistic shipping dates so that we can get Astro to you on time. If things do decide to take a turn, don’t worry, you’ll be the first to know, and we’ll keep you posted the entire way. Plus, we have a killer team with the experience necessary to bring Astro to life!

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    THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

    Many Many Thanks for your support. We will tag you in one of our posts from Tattoo Temple out to their 500,000 followers!

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    Want to see Portable Pure Audio come to life, but not is not the right time for you? We have made a custom list of 50 songs that sound AMAZING through Pure Audio speakers, we will send you our playlist on Spotify and when you are ready to join us- you will be all set!

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    YOU CALL IT.

    We have special priced pairs of 2 if you know you want a pair of the same, however, we have had so many combination requests. We are letting you call the combination you want.

    Just add up the prices below and send us a note letting us know. We have limited the quantity as they reflect our early bird pricing.

    $20 Protective Case
    $29 Tattoo Temple Bag
    $139 - Regular Speaker
    $179- Artistic "Tattoo Temple" Speaker
    $199- Exclusive Artisitc "Tattoo Temple Speaker

    FREE- MRKT case with basic speaker
    FREE- Tattoo Temple bag with artistic speaker
    FREE - Shipping after you pay for the first one. That's right kids, the same price to ship one as multiple.

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    TATTOO TEMPLE TOTE BAG

    Thank you for supporting our mission to bring great art and music out into the world.

    FREE SHIPPING

    100% cotton bag (40x35cm) with one of two designs to choose from, which you will select when we send out the final survey.

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    Choose from 1 of our 4 color options after completion of campaign.

    Limited Edition - Yes
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    Tattoo Temple Art - No

    Each speaker etched with production numbers 1-100 to show-off your early support.

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    When ordering multiples, pledge $145 x the number you want. Will ship all to the same location for the price of shipping one.

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    Choose from 1 of our 6 Tattoo Temple Speakers EXCLUDING the Kickstarter Exclusive Design

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    Choose from 1 of our 6 Tattoo Temple Speakers EXCLUDING the Kickstarter Exclusive Design

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    TATTOO TEMPLE SPEAKER - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE DESIGN

    Tattoo Temple design "Thoughtful Felix" created exclusively for Kickstarter and will be discontinued after campaign.

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    TATTOO TEMPLE SPEAKER - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE DESIGN "Thoughtful Felix" - WITH M.R.K.T PROTECTION CASE

    Tattoo Temple design created exclusively for Kickstarter and will be discontinued after campaign.

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    2 PACK OF BASIC SPEAKERS - LIMITED QUANTITY

    Includes 2 Carrying Cases ($20 value each) AND same shipping cost as 1 pack (to same location)

    Choose from 1 of our 4 color options after completion of campaign.

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    2 PACK OF TATTOO TEMPLE SPEAKER

    Choose from 1 of our 7 Tattoo Temple Speakers INCLUDING the Kickstarter Exclusive Design.

    Includes 2 Carrying Cases ($20 value each) and 1 Tattoo Temple Tote Bag ($29 value) AND same shipping cost as 1 speaker (same location).

    Limited Edition - Yes
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