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A wooden horn speaker for your phone.

Discussion in 'audio' started by AndyU, Nov 21, 2021.

  1. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Well, if you are looking for something for Christmas, how about this wooden horn speaker that you park your phone in.

    https://www.vaiawood.eu/prodotto/vaia-cube/

    Looks great, no batteries to find, no instruction manual to lose, no DSP, no electronics, natural wood, carbon neutral, what more could anyone want?!
     
  2. lilolee

    lilolee pfm Member

    Love it.
     
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  3. mercalia

    mercalia pfm Member

    thanks for making my day.Now what type of wood is used I am sure that sort of thing matters? things like that always do
     
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  4. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Well, seeing as how I need to practice my Italian, here’s a translation of some of their advert …

    “VAIA is also a passive soundbox which produces warm and deep sounds. It’s spontaneous amplification ability is due to red pine, which is famous because it is used by luthiers to make stringed instruments. All you need to do is rest your smartphone on it. Production is exclusively by local craftsmen to increase the aesthetic value of the product. We work exclusively with woodworkers who use wood from fallen trees and who guarantee high quality standards. Wood is a durable material which can be used without consuming electrical energy. The life-cycle of this product is potentially eternal because it can be returned to nature with zero impact or be recycled for other uses in the future.”

    I think I have to get one.
     
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  5. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    What's the thinking behind the crack in the wooden cube? I get the horn part, but the crack looks.... well, like it just happened to split in a funny way....??
     
  6. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Dunno, but if you look at this video (skip the motormouth Italian) you can briefly see through the crack to the horn, so I suspect the crack is decorative. The little hole on the bottom at the back is so you can thread a recharging cable through.



    Here’s some of the story behind the project - in November 2018 there were violent storms in the dolomites which caused terrible destruction of the forests there, and the VAIA project uses wood from those fallen trees for the “imperfetto” version, and for each cube will replant a tree.
     
  7. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart Avoiding Stress, at Every Opportunity

    My iPhone gave me:

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  8. Muttley2

    Muttley2 pfm Member

    I don't need one but I want one.
     
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  9. guydarryl

    guydarryl pfm Member

    top right is a tab for English translation
     
  10. Nytechy

    Nytechy pfm Member

    Anyone find/figure out the postage to the UK? My daughters are asking what I want for Xmas...
     
  11. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    Ordered one for the kid. As far as I can figure price includes delivery but not customs charges etc.
     
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  12. Frizzy

    Frizzy Liberal anarchist

    I put my phone in mouth of a wooden beaker I used to keep pens in, nicely adds body and tone. Made of beech I think, cheap, portable, works.
     
  13. Nytechy

    Nytechy pfm Member

    Thanks. Would you be kind enough to let us know the final cost to you?
     
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  14. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    arrived today - no additional charges and rather nice packaging. I think it might make a handy phone stand and sound boost for Zoom and handsfree/conference calls on the mobile which I do a lot so I might keep it. Increases volume some but does little/nothing to improve sound quality, played from Bandcamp and it still sounded like a shitty phone speaker but louder- they should do a portable version for sod-casting though, the Kid would love that.

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Beautiful! Just feel smug when there’s a power cut, at least until your phone battery goes!
     
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  16. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    Until recently I was also using a wooden beaker to drop the phone in, with a definite improvement to the sound but ultimately still poo.

    I was gifted a JBL Clip3 with another purchase that is surprisingly good, massively better sound that you can actually listen to when pottering around somewhere where the hifis don't reach.
     
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  17. Nytechy

    Nytechy pfm Member

    Thanks very much for this. I'm out...
     

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