Suitcase Stereo for Travelers
Boom Bag 22" suiter with an iPod. INSET BELOW: Stereo control panel and
your iPod a constant companion? Do you miss your Klipschorns when you travel?
Have you ever longed to blast the yakking couple in the next hotel room out of
bed with an excerpt from Wagner or Nine Inch Nails? If so, maybe it's time to
swap your backpack or rollaboard for a Boom Bag.
A Boom Bag is a suitcase that doubles as a stereo--or a stereo
that doubles as a suitcase, depending on your priorities. To quote the
manufacturer's Web site, "It's the best luggage you've ever heard!"
Boom Bags president
Mark Wright explains why you need sound from your suitcase:
"With the advent of MP3 players and laptop music programs,
there has been an explosion of people traveling with extensive music
collections. According to Steve Jobs in his MacWorld keynote address, 'For
Holiday quarter 2004, we sold over 4.5 million 'Pods.'
"This trend has created a much stronger demand for a
portable speaker solution. The problem is that most travel speakers don't
offer high quality sound because they lack a resonance chamber. They can
also take up a lot of the packing space in a suitcase. The answer is Boom
Bags, the world's first stereo luggage!
"Boom Bags include a removable stereo amplifier, speakers, and subwoofer,
mounted in the normally unused space between and around the trolley rails,
with almost no impact on the packing space. The result is near 'home
quality' sound using the suitcase as a large speaker cabinet or resonance
chamber. In addition, the bags include a microphone input with separate
volume control. Anyone doing presentations can use their suitcase to provide
speakers and amplification for a multimedia program, and for live narration
at the same time."
The product comes in two versions: A 22" wheeled suiter, and a
slightly smaller "office on wheels " with a removable laptop bag. Each case has
built-in stereo speakers with a 10-watt amplifier, a separate 4" subwoofer with
an 8-watt amplifier, stereo miniplug inputs for an iPod or other music device
and a microphone, and a 110-250v power supply. (You'll need a plug adapter to
use your Boom Bag in Europe.)
I haven't seen or heard Boom Bags, so I can't vouch for them
personally, but the design certainly is innovative--and it's hard not to like a
sales pitch that claims, "Looks like high-end luggage, sounds way better!"
information on the Boom Bags 22" wheeled suiter and the Boom Bags "office on
wheels," visit BoomBags.com.
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