The compact yet powerful, tube driven bluetooth speaker, that's WiFi enabled, runs XBMC and can stream music and HD movies. Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 13, 2013.
About this project
PREMIUM TUBE UPGRADE: Anyone interested in upgrading to Gold Lion tubes by Genalex should increase their pledge by $70. Please note this is an upgrade not an add-on (You will only receive 1 set of tubes)
$120,000 - Titanium Drivers - Completed
$100,000 - Ultimate LED Upgrade! - Completed
Because you can never have too many choices at 100k we will upgrade the tube LEDs to high intensity RGB LEDs and let you control the tube color via the control knob. This new LED system will be powered by the onboard micro controller giving you unlimited ability to set colors and even program effects like color morphing, breathing and light dancing. See the video below and crank up the volume!
$75,000 - RIAA and Phono Preamp - Completed
When the Duo ships it will usher in a new era for compact audio systems. Being the first system to include an HD media center onboard, with your help we can claim another first: Being the world's first compact audio system that offers full support for vinyl turntables. Help us get to 80k and in return we will add a RIAA style EQ circuit and a phono preamp that will boost your records to HiFi perfection.
$50,000 - Custom Tube Dampers - Completed
In a world of micro speakers and Lo-Fi toys, the Duo is a revival of big sound and heritage class Hi-Fi. Say good bye to compressed audio and battery operated sound and say hello to the Duo: the bluetooth hi-fi speaker, that's wi-fi enabled and streams music and HD video through it's onboard media center.
The Duo features:
- Dual, Single Phase Vacuum Tube Pre-Amplifiers
- 100 watt, Solid State Main Amp + Mono Block 30 watt Subwoofer Amp
- Twin 4" Composite Cone, 50w Reference Drivers w/ Machined Aluminum Horns
- 3" Composite 30w Long-Throw Subwoofer
- Top Mounted Solid Machined Aluminum Control Knob
- Hand-Built Tone Wood Case w/ Hand-Stretched Speaker Cloth
- Bluetooth v4.0 + Wi-Fi 802.11n
- XBMC Media Center Powered by Raspberry Pi.
Introducing the Compact Hi-Fi Media Center
Little Package. Huge Sound.
XBMC Media Center
With XBMC on the Duo you can:
- Stream Music and HD Movies
- Watch Live TV
- Organize your Media Collection
- Expand with Downloadable Add-Ons
Powered by Raspberry Pi
Raw Power from Every Angle
Elegant Lines + Monstrous Sound
Classic Hi-Fi has always been about tactile sensations and stylish design. The feel of a soft vinyl record or the weight of a solid volume knob turning in your hand is something you never forget. With every other manufacture going smaller, or worse... plastic, our ability to experience this diminishes.
The Duo is all about the details.
Prototyping the Prototype
We completed dozens of rough sketches and scale technical drawings before starting our prototyping process. Below are some of our earliest drawings and pictures of the elusive Duo Prototype v1.0.
Anatomy of a Monster
The Duo represents a new age in Heritage Hi-Fi. Featuring our custom Hybrid architecture, the Duo's dual phase amplifiers are capable of reproducing music within the 40 hz - 22 khz range. This means audiophile quality in a compact world-class system.
TubeCore is dedicated to the celebration of sound. All TubeCore systems feature our signature Tube Pre-Amp and Solid State Hybrid System. This combination delivers the purest analog sound, while drastically reducing the energy waste of "pure" Class-A Systems.
Designed around a balance between classic analog Hi-Fi and computer control, TubeCore systems can be hacked, networked and modified in countless ways, all to the benefit of the audiophile community.
Wear Your Support
Risks and challenges
New technology brings new challenges. Once funded we will move into a structured manufacturing phase to ensure each backer receives their system in a timely manner. To ensure TubeCore Systems don't threaten the environment we are sourcing quality hardwoods from multiple sources, in multiple species. Our cases are always constructed from rich, straight grained hardwoods, while the faces are built from quality burled and straight grained hardwoods.
In the coming weeks we will finalize our component suppliers and begin tooling our equipment to begin production. Since the Duo is essentially made by hand and our template work is complete we are prepared to begin building cases.
Our first goal once funded is to place our first order for printed circuit boards (PCB) from our overseas supplier. This manufacturing process will take 45 days from order to delivery and we intend on building and assembling cases while we await their arrival. Should everything go as planned by the time our PCB's arrive from our supplier, we should have all of our cases built, drivers installed, awaiting electronics.
The final piece of TubeCore's development is the implementation of a moderated user forum where both TubeCore Owners and Audio Hackers can share projects, tutorials and advice on how to advance the field of intelligent audio systems. We are currently seeking interested moderators from across the globe in support of this mission and have the forum infrastructure in place.
As with any new project specs regarding performance and individual components are subject to change.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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First Five Duos - Support Tubecore and pick up one a Duo in your choice of color ($599 value) mailed to your door. These will be the first five production models, will be engraved and will include a Tubecore t-shirt in your size.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Rockstar Special - Support TubeCore and pick up a Duo at a Rockstar's Price in your choice of color ($599 value) mailed to your door with the Tubecore tee.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Early Bird Special - One TubeCore Duo in your choice of color ($599 value) mailed to your door, with the Tubecore t-shirt.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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First Full Production Batch - One TubeCore Duo in your choice of color ($599 value) mailed to your door, with the design files and the tee.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Regular Production Model - One TubeCore Duo in your choice of color ($599 value) mailed to your door, with the design files and a Tubecore t-shirt. These will begin shipping in January at a rate of 100 per week.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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6 backers Limited (14 left of 20)
The Duo Jazz Black - A limited Edition Duo with Vintage Telefunken Tubes, Upgraded Titanium Cone Drivers and Black Grill Cloth, plus your name will be written on the first production factory label that goes into every Duo. International shipping requires insurance.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (45 days)