Following the success of their Core wireless speaker, Mass Fidelity has decided to unleash a smaller more affordable model called the Rad. The Core received tremendous positive feedback when it was released. However, according to Mass Fidelity, there were a few features that were consistently requested from customers. Namely, owners of the Core wanted a smaller more rugged speaker that was travel friendly. This is where the Rad comes in to play.


The Rad features a 5 speaker array with a 3-inch bass driver and (4) 1.5-inch drivers all powered by separate amplifiers. Its configuration is keenly suited for outdoor use since it can blast audio in multiple directions. The Rad also has an IPX5 rating for water and shock resistance so a little water won’t kill it.


Despite being chiefly designed for portability, the Rad also plays nice with the Core Speaker and Core Wireless Subwoofer. The Rad can connect to the 5 GHz wireless network built-in to those two speakers which allows for a multi-room audio arrangement. Connecting to the Rad wirelessly is easy thanks to Bluetooth with near field communication. A 3.5 mm input is included to facilitate wired connections as well as a USB port that can be used to charge other devices. According to Mass Fidelity, once the Rad has a full tank of gas you can expect it to last up to 8 hours on a single charge.


When it’s available on the open market, the Rad is expected to retail for $299. However, Mass Fidelity is currently crowdfunding the little speaker via an Indiegogo campaign. The first hundred models bought thru the campaign will be priced at $149 with the price eventually increasing up to $189. If the campaign goes well, Mass Fidelity expects to start shipping the Rad to customers April 2017.

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