About this project
Selected Media Coverage:
“The Blazar's most valuable asset is its ability to connect to a second unit and provide true two-channel stereo sound, all while remaining light and portable.”
“More speakers are adding stereo capability...but two speakers in one box doesn’t give much separation. The Blazar opts to connect to another speaker, and then each speaker becomes either the left or the right channel."
“[The Blazar] becomes an ideal sound hub for just about any work or living space housed in one sleek piece of extracted aluminum.”
“[The Blazar] features a grown-up design wrapped in aluminum...with a softball-sized, cube-esque design.”
“The compact speaker is designed for ease with portability and desirable aesthetics, while still being able to achieve high volumes without audio distortion.”
The Blazar - Unlimited Uses.
Home / Work / Away / Play
The Blazar is a portable Bluetooth speaker that connects to your phone or music player, allowing you to play music wirelessly. Whether you are by the pool enjoying the sunset, in the kitchen listening to a podcast, watching a movie on your iPad, or using it as a speaker phone in your office, the Blazar is the perfect music companion.
Beyond just being a great product, we have teamed up with 4 artists that have created their own custom, limited edition Blazars, available exclusively on Kickstarter.
Update: Stretch Goal $300k
Thanks for keeping the momentum going! We're confident that the Blazar is going to blow you away. If you'll help us hit our new stretch goal of $300k we'll be able to offer you some amazing add-ons that will compliment your Blazar and make your listening experience even better.
We've enjoyed talking with you on the comments page and through your direct emails. One request that keeps coming up is a wall charger for the Blazar. So we've designed a Beacon Audio wall charger with 2 USB ports so you can power up 2 devices at the same time. This UL certified wall block will allow you to charge 2 Blazars, or a Blazar and your tablet, smartphone, etc.
We didn't stop there. We've also customized the USB and auxiliary cables to match your Blazar and look extremely cool. With your help every aspect of the Blazar will be as unique as the product itself.
Stretch Goal Accomplished! - $200k
We are so excited to announce that, thanks to your help, we have blown right past our 1st stretch goal! We are now offering everyone who has pledged $99 or more an amazing leather carrying case to protect and transport your Blazar. Not only that, our collaborating music artists have designed their own custom cases to go along with their limited edition Blazar speakers. Thank you for spreading the word and helping us make the incentives even better.
What is the Blazar?
The Blazar is:
- A small, completely portable speaker with a 12-hour battery life
- A stylish and sophisticated way to experience your music
- Feature-packed and extremely easy to use
- A beautiful accessory that compliments your individual style
- Reliable - Backed up by a 1000 day warranty
We have received a TON of comments and questions about the Blazar - how it sounds, feels, looks etc. Instead of telling you what WE think, we took the Blazar to the people to let you hear what THEY think. Take a look.
Backed by a 1000 Day Warranty
We offer a 1000 day warranty on the Blazar and all of our products. We feel this is not only a guarantee, but a statement of our values. We will stand behind our products. We will stand behind YOU as the user. If your Blazar has an issue before the 1000 day mark, we will replace the ENTIRE speaker for you no questions asked.
The artists involved in bringing The Blazar to life don't just believe in the product; they believe in us. They've been the little fish in the big pond and know how hard it is not just to survive, but to thrive. Fueled by the desire to see Beacon Audio's vision come to life, and to offer their fans a unique way to experience their music, each artist has designed and customized their own edition of The Blazar portable speaker.
AWOLNATION X Beacon Audio
Aaron's Blazar has a dark Indigo aluminum shell with a satin finish. The detailing on the front is molded rubber fused to the aluminum. The AWOLNATION case gives homage to throwback surf culture with a soft tweed canvas material and premium AN detailing.
Brantley Gilbert X Beacon Audio
Brantley's love for motorcycles and good American living fuel the creation of a raw aluminum Blazar. Each shell is tumbled and distressed after the initial machining process giving the BG Blazar a distressed and vintage motorcycle feel. Molded miniature brass knuckles on the front give his edition that extra touch.
Halestorm X Beacon Audio
When it came to the Halestorm edition, Lzzy knew exactly what she wanted. We worked to stylize her version after her signature Gibson Lzzy Hale guitar. Glossy gold aluminum finish, with a genuine guitar pick fused to the front.
Neon Trees X Beacon Audio
When it comes to neon, more is better. We worked with Tyler to stylize the NT Blazar after some of his signature neon leather moto jackets. With a bright neon shell and a leather, studded branding detail, his blazar takes it over the top.
The Blazar is feature packed.
The Blazar has a lot of features packed into a very small box. Take a look at how to pair, connect and enable dual-stereo pairing.
Bluetooth = Freedom
The Blazar is a portable Bluetooth speaker designed to be exceptionally loud, feature-packed, easy to use and provide true stereo sound with a second paired speaker. Bluetooth = Freedom The Blazar is powered by Bluetooth which allows you to wirelessly connect and play music without cables and without limits. Almost every smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc is equipped with Bluetooth. The Blazar is universally compatible so it works with iOS, Android, Mac OSX, Blackberry, Windows, etc.
Dual Stereo Pairing
Since the beginning the number one question we've been asked is "When will I be able to connect 2 of them together wirelessly?"
The answer is…NOW.
We're proud to introduce Dual Stereo Pairing. Not only can you wirelessly connect two Blazars together, but the Blazar actually separates the sound into true Left and Right stereo signals.
Artist Edition Lyric Tees
We have worked with AWOLNATION, Halestorm and Neon Trees to offer a special edition, lyric t-shirt. The shirts are available individually, or mixed in with various incentives. Take a look at the artwork below:
Specifications and Details
What is Beacon Audio?
We're product guys that are obsessed with music. It's the driving force behind everything we do.
That's why we believe music shouldn't simply be heard - it should be experienced. Whether you're watching the sun disappear over the ocean, partying on a rooftop, or relaxing at home we want to help you become immersed in the moment.
This conviction has ingrained in us a standard: the device you use to listen to music shouldn't just sound good. It must function well, feel superior, and have a great design. That's not an industry standard - that's Beacon Audio.
How It All Started
We've been working tirelessly on the Blazar, iterating on every aspect of the product until it met and exceeded our expectations. Check out some images below to see the process.
Our team is a wild bunch from all different backgrounds. We're musicians, concert promoters, designers and developers. But what binds us together is our love for Beacon and its vision. Because we're a small company we all wear a lot of hats. We work together as a team, so each of us has a say in every step of the creative and development process.
We aren't a huge corporation, but we do have a huge vision. Kickstarter allows those who believe in what we're doing to help bring our dream to life by supporting our efforts. By backing the Blazar Project on Kickstarter you will enable us to put the Blazar in your hands first, before it goes to market.
We have already completed our industrial design and 1st round of prototypes and samples. The funds we raise here on Kickstarter will be used to pay for our tooling expense and to cover the minimum order requirements with our overseas manufacturing.
The funds will also be used for logistics and shipping to get our product across the ocean and into your hands!
Our production timeline will be as follows:
August 15th - Pre-Production begins (prediction based on current Kickstarter pledges)
September 15th - Production version completed, and Early Bird Backer products ship.
October 15th - Bulk product shipment
December 1st - All Incentives shipped and complete!
Risks and challenges
Building a quality product is challenging. Great designs often get butchered by bad execution or production. Even something as small as the finish of the materials can make the difference between a product feeling nice or it feeling cheap.
We are bringing the Blazar to Kickstarter at a stage in the project where we have already sorted out so many of those painful details. We have iterated on the size dozens of times, gone through material changes, completely remolded... twice!
The significant risk facing us now is production and delivery. We have fostered amazing relationships with our manufacturers to ensure that our production quality is only the best and that we can produce the volume required to fulfill all orders in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter