Shinola, in partnership with professional audio manufacturer Barefoot Sound, has created its first bookshelf speaker system with Bluetooth technology.
In addition to this being Shinola's first Bluetooth speaker, it also marks the first time Barefoot Sound has ventured out of the studio and mixing landscape. Thomas Barefoot designs speaker systems that are embraced by recording artists and producers from around the world.
"We couldn't think of a better partner to help re-launch our bookshelf speakers," says Shinola CEO Tom Lewand. "Thomas Barefoot's know-how and reputation in the pro-audio world married with our commitment to quality and our design ethos has produced a stunning speaker system. We are so proud of what Barefoot and our audio team have created, and can't wait for our customer to hear it."
"Working with Shinola has been an amazing experience," adds Barefoot Sound founder Thomas Barefoot. "I grew up in Pittsburgh, which has a similar riches-to-rust story as Detroit. Creating U.S. jobs while building incredible products is Barefoot Sound's mission. I can't think of a better way to enter the consumer space than partnering with a company that so deeply shares our core values. I'm very excited about this collaboration, and bringing studio level sound to a wider audience with this new bookshelf speaker."
Assembled and tested in Portland, OR at the Barefoot Sound factory, the bookshelf speakers are equipped with Bluetooth for streaming music from Bluetooth-enabled audio sources, and various connectivity options, including RCA, Aux, S/PDIF or USB, and a removable magnetic grille.
The Shinola Bookshelf Speakers will launch on July 12, and will retail for US$1,500/pr. They will come in black and a natural oak finish.