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Crowdfunding project of the week: ROTO wireless speaker looks like a vintage phone

The ROTO is a 3-speaker wireless audio system that takes the form of a classic rotary phone. It looks neat, but is it worth the price?

Published onJanuary 29, 2017

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This is something a little different, mostly because it’s not brought by a company really looking to go nuts and raise to the top. Instead, ROTO targets a niche audience and focuses on making a limited amount of units. Only 100 of these will be created. Will you take one of them home?

The ROTO is a 3-speaker wireless audio system that takes the form of a classic rotary phone. Don’t let its retro looks fool you, as the outer shell is the only old thing about this product. It has all the cool features of a modern speaker system, and then some.

The handset part rotates to showcase a couple 1-inch tweeters, while the 4-inch mid-bass driver will give your sound more body. The ROTO is designed to be a stationary product, so it doesn’t have an internal battery. You will have to leave it plugged to an outlet, which is about the only downside we can find. But this is not really a deal breaker considering the speaker’s nature.

Aside from the DC port, the speaker sports a power switch, an AUX input and a couple USB ports for charging your devices. Yes! You can charge other devices with it, effectively giving it much more functionality.

What about the price? I have to say right off the bat this isn’t exactly a cheap speaker system. You have to pledge $300 or more to get one, and they come in both black and white options. The Kickstarter page mentions this is mostly because the parts are high quality and it takes long to get the the unit assembled. Limited quantity also gives it an added value.

There are plenty of modern Bluetooth speakers at this price range; paying this much for such an accessory is definitely not unheard of. We believe it could be a nice addition to your home decor, as well as a convenient sound system for the vintage style fans. Will you be signing up for one?

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