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Share hi-fi audio to multiple users for a real-time, wireless listening 
experience unlike anything you’ve heard.
Share hi-fi audio to multiple users for a real-time, wireless listening 
experience unlike anything you’ve heard.
Share hi-fi audio to multiple users for a real-time, wireless listening experience unlike anything you’ve heard.
1,009 backers pledged $189,209 to help bring this project to life.

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HUB | The first Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi hub for headphones and speakers

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Introducing HUB by ekko, the first Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi audio hub for headphones and speakers. It lets you instantly share wireless audio with multiple simultaneous listeners using any earbuds, headphones or powered speakers. This is the wireless sound experience you’ve been waiting for.

HUB and HUB mini, by ekko Audio
HUB and HUB mini, by ekko Audio

HUB allows you to use any headphones or speakers to enjoy high resolution wireless audio. It's the world's hi-fi listening hub designed specifically for multiple users.

Share real-time wireless audio with 4+ users

A revolutionary approach to group listening, HUB uses ultra-low latency Wi-Fi technology to stream real-time audio to multiple listeners. Its audiophile-grade quality is enough to satisfy the needs of the most demanding listeners, while its design is simple enough for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a perfect solution for music, movies, games, and more.  

Built-in Wi-Fi casts hi-res audio from any source to multiple listeners.
Built-in Wi-Fi casts hi-res audio from any source to multiple listeners.
Use virtually any headphones or speakers with sound-pucks.
Use virtually any headphones or speakers with sound-pucks.

New app-controlled LED light color selections (5/16)

Mock-up of app controlled, RGB LED lights on base station and sound-pucks
Mock-up of app controlled, RGB LED lights on base station and sound-pucks

Connect the base station to any audio source, and built-in Wi-Fi instantly streams audio to one or more portable wireless receivers.

Connect virtually any input for instant wireless audio.
Connect virtually any input for instant wireless audio.
     

Individual wireless receivers

In addition to the app, each receiver incorporates volume and mute functions for simple control over each user’s listening experience.

Individual user controls include volume, mute, and equalizer settings.
Individual user controls include volume, mute, and equalizer settings.

HUB's high-resolution 96kHz / 24-bit audio quality and individual user equalizer settings allows each listener to personalize their own listening experience. Listen loud? Prefer softer sound? Adjust your settings to suit your preference without interrupting anyone else’s.

Adjust volume and EQ settings to suit your listening preference.
Adjust volume and EQ settings to suit your listening preference.

Compatible with everything

Easily play audio from any hardwired source via HUB’s RCA / AUX and optical audio inputs, and wirelessly via Airplay/DLNA. Additionally, ekko allows users to stream from mobile devices using their favorite streaming media apps, or directly from their Windows or Mac devices.

Wireless charging

Connect the base station to any audio source, and built-in Wi-Fi instantly streams audio to one or more portable wireless receivers.

Connect any pair of earbuds, headphones or speakers to one of ekko’s rechargeable wireless sound-pucks. Support for 4+ simultaneous users.

The only wireless audio system designed for multiple users.
The only wireless audio system designed for multiple users.

Control everything from one app

Mobile app lets you customize your listening experience. Fine-tune equalizer settings, set volume safety limits, manage security features like encryption and password protection, access your favorite streaming music services, and more.

Control everything from one app.
Control everything from one app.

Adjustable safe volume limits

Volume safety limits help parents to ensure safe listening for kids. Adjust maximum volume levels, or manage each receiver’s volume in real-time using the mobile app.

Volume limiting helps make headphone listening safer for kids.
Volume limiting helps make headphone listening safer for kids.

Simple multi-room audio

In addition to headphones, HUB can connect to any powered speakers or stereo system, allowing you to set up a wireless multi-zone audio system in seconds. Control each zone’s volume and equalizer settings using the mobile app.

Connect wirelessly to any speakers for instant multi-room audio.
Connect wirelessly to any speakers for instant multi-room audio.

Rechargeable sound-pucks are a perfect solution for temporary setups like parties, while an optional individual charging accessory will be available for semi-permanent installations.

HUB is a great option for parties!
HUB is a great option for parties!

HUB vs. other wireless audio systems

Stretch goals

Beautifully functional design

HUB was thoughtfully designed to look great in any setting. Currently available in two color choices: black or silver.

Elegant design is simple enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Elegant design is simple enough for the whole family to enjoy.
3.5mm / TRS and optical inputs accept sound from any source.
3.5mm / TRS and optical inputs accept sound from any source.

hub mini: 2-user model

HUB will come in two versions: the standard 4-user model and the 2-user HUB mini, ideal for smaller groups.

Prototyping & Development

Over the past year, the ekko Audio team has worked closely with our design and engineering partners to bring HUB from a humble napkin sketch to a sleek, finalized industrial design, to working proof-of-concept prototypes. Building on what we learned in testing, we began drafting plans and specifications for the consumer-ready device, which brings us to where we are today.

We’ve already done a lot of the legwork. The critical next steps are to finish work on the components and printed circuits for the final prototype, and begin testing the consumer version hardware. We’re packing a lot of technology into HUB’s compact form factor, and getting everything ready for primetime on schedule will require the combined efforts of our entire team. Now we’re turning to Kickstarter to raise the funds needed to finish our consumer-ready prototype and bring HUB to the world.

Why Kickstarter?

When we first started developing HUB, we quickly realized that we had something that people were going to love. The Kickstarter community has been responsible for supporting some amazing projects by creators like us, and we felt that they would be equally as excited about HUB. Today, we’re proud to be sharing these exciting next steps with our backers and supporters.

Next Steps

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About the ekko Audio Team

We are a small but skilled group of creators and designers with a passion for all things technology + audio. Our diverse backgrounds include experience in project management, finance, various aspects of product design and development, shipping and logistics, UX/UI design, and more. After working together professionally on numerous projects over the last several years, we eventually teamed up to form our own product development startup and selected HUB as our pilot project.

The idea for HUB first came about when, over a few cups of coffee, we lamented the quality and selection of wireless audio devices, and resolved to do better. We brainstormed about a user-friendly wireless listening system that could meet the needs of the most discerning high-tech audiophile, while keeping things simple enough for anyone to enjoy. After a few hundred more cups of coffee, HUB began to take shape, and we enlisted the expertise of several other colleagues including product designers, developers and engineers to help us make HUB a reality.

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Risks and challenges

There are many challenges when it comes to designing and manufacturing a product like HUB. Supply issues and manufacturing delays are not uncommon, and technical and design challenges can and do arise. As such, we’ve forged relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, and partnered with other designers and engineers to ensure an accurate and smooth estimated development and delivery timeline. Our primary goal is simple: to create the best possible product for our backers. While delays may occur at any stage, we are committed to delivering a product that exceeds the expectations of our backer community, while keeping them informed during the entire process.

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