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SpeakEasy™ pictured in Walnut finish.
SpeakEasy™ pictured in Walnut finish.

Meet SpeakEasy™ by Como Audio, with the Google Assistant built-in.  Designed for those who want to enjoy the highest quality sound of music, the ability to control compatible devices throughout the home, and manage every day tasks – all with the power of your voice with hands-free help from your Assistant.  

SpeakEasy | Sets Itself Apart  

SpeakEasy™ stands out from the competition in several important ways:

  • Sound Quality | Designed to Play Music
  • Furniture Grade Wood Cabinetry 
  • Multi-room Control | Google Chromecast
  • SpeakEasy™ Portability with Optional Battery Pack
  • Visual Display | Clock and Alarm | Self Adjusting Brightness
  • Manual Control Knobs

SpeakEasy™ with the Google Assistant built in allows you to speak voice commands to play music “OK Google....play my favorite country song,” get information “What's the weather today?,” or control your home environment “Turn up the thermostat 5 degrees,” or “Dim the lights.” Set up is done through the free Google Home app for iOS and Android with compatible devices.

Founding CEO Tom DeVesto started Como Audio with the single goal of creating beautiful music systems that allow simple and easy access to the myriad of music content available to today’s music enthusiast. SpeakEasy™ takes this simplicity to the next level with the Google Assistant built-in.

Tom DeVesto reviewing designs at Como Audio in Boston, MA
Tom DeVesto reviewing designs at Como Audio in Boston, MA

Sound Quality | Designed to Play Music

A ¾” soft dome tweeter, 3” custom, dual voice coil woofer, and custom DSP equalization result in great high-fidelity sound, reproducing your favorite music as it should be heard. The rear port further enhances low bass frequencies while conveniently doubling as a carry handle.  A 25 watt per channel Class D digital amplifier supplies plenty of volume, while a nearly ½” thick MDF cabinet holds everything together.  Supported audio codecs: HE-AAC, LC-AAC, CELT/Opus, MP3, Vorbis, Wav, and FLAC.

Furniture Grade Wood Cabinetry

SpeakEasy™ is made with a robust cabinet wrapped in a real walnut or hickory wood veneer or high gloss, multi-layered piano black or white finish. The top and front panels and knobs are anodized aluminum and the speaker grilles are painted aluminum. Outside of the LED display and sensor, no plastic is used on the baffle.

Multi-room Control | Google Chromecast

SpeakEasy™ has the ability to wirelessly link with other Como Audio Music Systems to create whole house multi-room streaming. This is great news for our existing Como Audio customers.  Simply connect Google Chromecast Audio Devices (not included) to other units and ask SpeakyEasy™ with the Google Assistant to play your favorite music in one room or all rooms in your home. 

Google Chromecast Audio Device (not included) shown without power supply.  Adhered to unit with velcro.
Google Chromecast Audio Device (not included) shown without power supply. Adhered to unit with velcro.

SpeakEasy Portable 

Another important distinction is the ability to use an optional 2200mAh battery pack to make SpeakEasy™ portable. Experience an average of 8 hours playback time on a full charge, enough for most situations. A battery icon on the display illuminates to let you know when the battery is charging. A 100-240V / 50-60Hz external adapter is included.

When turned off in battery-only mode (or if the battery runs out of power), SpeakEasy™ is completely off (not in standby) and can only be turned on by pressing the Power knob. In this state the display will be off, the alarm cannot activate, and the Google Home app will not work. As with our Amico model, this is deliberate in order to conserve battery power since the display and WiFi require a good deal of power. If the clock or alarm is required then the included adapter should remain connected.

Visual Display |  Clock & Alarm 

A crisp LED display continually shows the time without you having to ask. Display icons indicate when the Alarm is set, when the Alarm is in Snooze mode, and when the Sleep timer is active. A front panel photocell sensor automatically adjusts the red backlight based on ambient light conditions.

SpeakEasy™ pictured in walnut with the Hotword button on top. Actual finished product may vary.
SpeakEasy™ pictured in walnut with the Hotword button on top. Actual finished product may vary.

Manual Control Knobs  

We’ve also included something you don’t see much anymore- actual front panel knobs when you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way and manually control Volume (and On/Off in battery mode), Play/Pause, Microphone mute, and Bluetooth.

SpeakEasy Stereo speaker  

Create a high-fidelity stereo system when SpeakEasy™ is connected to the optional, wired, dedicated right channel speaker for authentic, two-channel stereo for greater imaging and a broader soundstage.

*This is a handmade prototype. Actual finished product may vary.
*This is a handmade prototype. Actual finished product may vary.

Bluetooth 4.2

Should your WiFi network become temporarily unavailable, or if you wish to access a source not available through WiFi, Bluetooth is on-board to provide a CD-quality, wireless, stereo streaming alternative.

SpeakEasy pictured in Piano White
SpeakEasy pictured in Piano White
 

Automatic Software Updates

Get free automatic software updates via WiFi from Google and Como Audio whenever features are added or improved so your SpeakEasy™ is always up to date.

Google Home App

Setting up your SpeakEasy™ and linking your premium music streaming accounts, Chromecast Audio Devices, and compatible home devices is made simple using the free Google Home app for iSO, Android, MAC, Windows, and Chromebook.

Smart Phone Charging

You’ll get a charge out of this: A rear panel 5V/1A USB output will charge your smart device when it’s running low on juice (when power supply is connected to SpeakEasy™).

SpeakEasy pictured in Piano Black
SpeakEasy pictured in Piano Black

SpeakEasy Setup

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Third Kickstarter Campaign

Our first two Kickstarter campaigns (Solo/Duetto and Amico/Musica) raised over a half million dollars combined and allowed us to bring to market some truly special audio products that have enjoyed consistently favorable reviews from customers and leading audio critics. This wouldn’t have been possible without the Kickstarter community. We think this, our third campaign, will be our best yet and we’re very excited to once again work with backers to help make SpeakEasy™ a reality.

Timeline 

 

About

Over the last 40 years, consumer electronics Hall of Fame Legend and Visionary Tom DeVesto focused on consistently bringing new experiences to the consumer electronics market, enhancing and improving upon expectations.

Whether he was introducing the theater experience to the home audiences at Advent and with Kloss Video big screen TVs in the 1970’s, or selling stereo systems direct to the consumer at Cambridge SoundWorks in the 1980’s and 90’s, or making high performance radios with great design and sound reflective of another era at Tivoli Audio, Tom DeVesto never lost sight of the his goal: make a high quality product that supports the latest technology — is simple to operate – has distinctive design – takes up a small amount of space – and doesn’t become obsolete.

Millions of the products created by Tom DeVesto are used around the world today. He returns to the consumer electronics marketplace with a new Boston, Massachusetts based company “Como Audio”. Here he will continue his goal of bringing high performance, vision, design and long lasting products to the consumer.

Products that will, hopefully, continue to raise the bar on their expectations.

Como Audio – Boston Office
Como Audio – Boston Office

In the News

CLICK HERE to see all Como Audio news from around the world.

Risks and challenges

We expect to fulfill all Kickstarter orders by November of 2018. However, it's possible that our production schedule may shift based on the number of orders we receive.

Como is staffed by a team of audio experts who have produced millions of music solutions over many decades. While we cannot confirm final production dates until our campaign ends, we have the knowledge and connections to execute the Speakeasy quickly, beautifully, and with the highest audio quality.

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