A cardboard boombox for iPhone/MP3 player. Bold design and built-in stereo amplifier. Oldschool meets Newschool. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 25, 2012.
About this project
A cardboard boombox for your iPhone that looks amazing and is recyclable.
The Berlin Boombox is a portable stereo speaker made of cardboard with built-in stereo amplifier.
Engadget - "We're impressed with this unique creation"
mobile magazine – "The Berlin Boombox is sure to be a hit."
Cool Material – "We’re picking up one of these Berlin Boomboxes for the office"
The Verge –"Impressed with the design"
12ozProphet – "Fresh and a dope spin on making eco-friendly designs!"
Obvious Winner – "Snag one early and be the cool kid on the block."
Bold Design: The case is screen-printed with bold black and white graphic art designed by Axel Pfaender, making the Berlin Boombox a real eye-catcher. It's a contemporary take on the design of oldschool boomboxes.
Build it Easily! The Berlin Boombox comes as a kit consisting of a die-cut cardboard structure, all electronic parts, and four AA batteries. Assembly is easy, tools-free and takes only a couple of minutes. No geek knowledge necessary.
Technology: Use the Berlin Boombox with your iPhone, iPod or any other MP3 player. Insert your device (where back in the days the tape used to go). Connect via 3,5 mm stereo jack which ensures that a wide range of devices can be used, not only iPhones or iPods.
Unlike most other cardboard speakers on the market this one features an integrated amplifier that provides stereo sound.
The BerlinBoombox is controlled with a single, beautiful, big aluminum knob for power/volume.
iPhone /iPod Touch users: To optimize the sound quality we have teamed up with Bongiovi Acoustics from NYC, who will develop a custom sound profile for the Berlin Boombox. This custom profile will be included in the free iOS app “Bongiovi DPS“ in a future app update. All audio played through the "Bongiovi DPS" app will be remastered in real time to use the full potential of the Berlin Boombox. For more details see Project Update #1.
Sustainable Design: The Berlin Boombox is made of partially recycled cardboard. All cardboard parts are fully recyclable. It also saves weight which means less energy is used for shipping.
The BerlinBoombox is made in Berlin. Except for the electronic parts, which are imported from asia, all design, screen-printing, cardboard production and packaging is done locally.
$5 reward: Access to a range of downloadable DJ-Mixes by my DJ friends Estimulo, Drei Farben House, Hilmatic, DJ Emilio, DJ Dance and others. Recorded exclusively for Berlin Boombox.
$25 reward: Canvas bag with Berlin Boombox design screenprinted in black and white. Plus access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes. For the hipster.
$50 reward: One Berlin Boombox. Consider this a pre-order at a special discount price (it will sell for $59 at retail after kickstarter is finished). Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes.
$100 reward: One"Sponsor Edition" Berlin Boombox. This limited edition with 2 color design and special "sponsor" logo is only available here on kickstarter. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes.
$250 reward: One-of-a-kind Berlin Boombox with customized graphics. I will customize the artwork to include your name, custom text or logotype and you can choose your own color combination. This is a great way for any company to get a BerlinBoombox that matches their corporate design. Add $85 each if you want more than one of these. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes.
The story: This project combines my passions for music and graphic design. I had built the first cardboard boombox for my personal use a couple of years ago. After the overwhelming feedback that I received from everyone who had seen it, I decided to go for it and turn it in to a real product.
You can follow the development here: blog.berlinboombox.com
So, what's the plan? The BerlinBoombox project is now at a point where I have a great looking and working prototype, but I need your help to get it ready for production. This involves final tweaks on the cardboard construction; development of a flat cardboard packaging that keeps all the components save with as little foam or plastic as possible; production of the die-cut tools (which are quite expensive); getting the required regulatory licenses (FCC, CE); and the funds to place the first production order.
Thank you so much for your time and for checking this out!
Let's make the Berlin Boombox a reality.
Dimensions: 35 x 25 x 11 cm (13.8 x 9.8 x 4.3 inch)
Power: 2x1 W
Max. dimensions of device: 6.9 cm wide, 1.6 cm thick
Material: Corrugated board type E, double-layer, thickness: 3mm. White coated liner.
You can pre-order the Berlin Boombox at http://shop.axelpfaender.com/product/berlin-boombox. Shipping will start August 20, 2012
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you will get notified about the launch of the Berlin Boombox and about where to buy: http://eepurl.com/hhXms
Pledge $5 or more
Get access to a range of downloadable DJ-Mixes by my DJ friends Estimulo, Drei Farben House, Hilmatic, DJ Emilio, DJ Dance and others. Recorded exclusively for Berlin BoomboxEstimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
A canvas bag with a Berlin Boombox design screenprinted in bold black and white.
Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes. For the hipster. (Add $5 for shipping outside the US)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
You will receive a BerlinBoombox as soon as they are manufactured. Consider this a pre-order for your very own Boombox at a special discount price (it will sell for $59 at retail after the kickstarter is finished). Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes. (Add $10 for shipping outside the US)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
$100 or more
This will get you the limited edition two-color BerlinBoombox exclusive to Kickstarter backers. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes.
(Add $10 for international shipping outside the US.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
A one-of-a-kind BerlinBoombox with graphics customized exclusively for you. The graphic art on the case is what makes the BerlinBoombox a real eye-catcher. I will customize the artwork to include your name, custom text or logotype and you can choose your own color combination. This is a great way for any company to get a BerlinBoombox matching their corporate design. Add $85 each if you want more than one of these. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
You will receive a one-of-a-kind BerlinBoombox with graphics customized exclusively for you (see $250 reward), plus, if you are in the Berlin area I will take you out to dinner and show you around Berlin-Mitte. And, on www.berlinboombox.com, you will be listed as an executive contributor. Add $75 each if you want more than one Boombox. Plus exclusive access to the Berlin Boombox DJ-Mixes.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)