British boutique pro-audio manufacturer Crookwood, known for its mastering and recording equipment, has raised over £12,500 on Kickstarter towards its new 'prosumer' SoundBucket portable speaker, beating its funding goal with six days to go.
The Bluetooth-enabled SoundBucket was designed to "pro-audio standards", with a hi-fi-style big woofer and small tweeter, and, unusually, a pure analogue path, and feature an excellent frequency response, loudness and distortion specs in a compact, cylindrical shape.
A pro version, which uses the same speaker but lacks Bluetooth connectivity and is supplied with a pro-audio interface cable and external 24V DC @ 3A power supply, is available for personal studio, DJ and presentation use. Professional customers to date include Kevin Paul (Adele, David Bowie, Jack White) and James Hennin (Kaiser Chiefs).
Crookwood's managing director, Crispin Herrod-Taylor, says Kickstarter was chosen as a route "to attract a new consumer audience" and "bypass the need to access bank funds, which are always a problem for small companies".
The SoundBuckets Kickstarter campaign, which offers healthy discounts over the speakers' regular pricing, runs until 15 July. Click on the link to find out more – including a sound comparison with "another highly praised and widely reviewed portable speaker [...] which we called 'speaker X', and a Genelec 1029A!
Crookwood is the second pro-audio crowdfunding success story in as many months: loudspeaker manufacturer Flare Audio raised £177,277 towards its new Reference consumer headphones in June (see Flare Audio smashes Kickstarter goal with two days to go).