Previously available exclusively in high-end freestanding speakers, BenQ adopted an electrostatic design to differentiate it’s portable speaker, signaling a grand-entrance in this booming market. According to the company, the result “delivers superior sonic quality that cleanly and crisply transports every musical nuance to set a new standard in wireless speakers.”
Better known for its best-selling DLP projector range, BenQ’s eVolo's features a beautifully designed and elegant Euro-style chassis with collapsible electrostatic side-panels (or “wings”, as they call it) which when opened generates bidirectional sound As the company explains, “Unlike conventional speakers, this speaker’s entire thin-film diaphragm is designed for bidirectional sound projection over a large surface area, radiating a high level of audio detail from every angle for a listening experience that is open yet intimate”
The new speaker also uses aptX Bluetooth, being also an aptX transmitter in addition to being a speaker, featuring automatic speakerphone functionality for answering incoming calls when paired with smartphones and a 3.5mm auxiliary port. Even though no further specifications are yet available, BenQ’s eVolo supports streaming music from iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, or from any personal digital library. Not a small technological feat for electrostatic panels, eVolo also offers compact speaker portability for 12 straight hours on a single rechargeable battery charge.
The BenQ portable electrostatic speakers will be available worldwide from November 2014.