October 22, 2014

Altaz Inc. Micro-Fi review

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Last  month we had the opportunity to meet the folks from ALTAZ USA at CE Week and were fortunate enough to get our hands on their new Micro-Fi Mini Stereo Speaker.

A 21st century version of vintage stereo speakers, Micro-Fi seamlessly meshes wood and metal to recreate the look and feel of a classic hi-fi system. The multiple themes of its retro digital interface further re-enforces the homage to a wistful era.

  • Speaker Audio Wattage: 2W +2W
  • Audio Input: Mini USB Jack
  • Input Power: 5V via USB
  • Internal Battery: 500 mAh Li-Polymer
  • Frequency Response: 180Hz-20KHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: > 80 db
  • Driver: 4Ω

Right away, the attention to detail with the packaging (not pictured) is pretty awesome. In addition to being recyclable paper and environmentally conscious, it appears that Altaz has gone to some great lengths to ensure that all of the boxing and packing supplies are in their place and have a use.

We received an early prototype that doesn’t come with the standard “docking station” that the newer models will be released with. That’s fine by us, as said docking piece is designed to house an iPhone. The build quality on these little guys is really great. They are small, discrete, and add just the right flourish of organic wood-grain to the right set-up. These are much classier than some of the black-molded-plastic speakers I’ve got sitting around the apartment. I can imagine these being a conversation-starter in some cigar-smoking John Malkovich-esque CEO’s office, or at a trendy record store. Great character.

With respect to sound, these little beauties pack about as much volume and clarity that the small form-factor will allow. These aren’t going to serve as recording studio monitors or replace your TV soundbar, but they do operate fantastically as my laptop’s speakers. I do keep a set of speakers in the bathroom to listen to music during showers, but these are just too attractive for that purpose – risking exposing them to steam, etc.

If you’re in the market for a set of speakers for your PC, laptop, tablet, or Android – get these. Especially if you’d like to add a little “class” to the operation.

Lastly, they also sent along a gorgeous stylus. I cant’ really weigh in too heavily on stylus-talk, as I typically don’t use one – but I must say Altaz’s has made me a believer. Substantial, high-quality, and luxuriously designed. Between the speakers and the stylus, my interest in this company’s offerings is piqued. I’d suggest you peruse their products as well. What do you think? What has your experience been with Altaz gear?

Learn more about Altaz, and their products, at their official website.