Fender's Bluetooth speakers look a lot like its guitar amps

19 July, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Fender Newport and Monterey

Fender, the firm best known for its electric guitars and professional-level amplifiers, has launched two new Bluetooth speakers. Lately, the company has been diving into the earphone, app, and online learning sphere with new products.

Pricing is set at $199.99 for the Fender Newport and $349.99 for the larger Monterey speaker. But now the company is setting its sights on a new chunk of the music industry - Bluetooth speakers. The Newport's design takes its inspiration for Fender's classic "silverface" amplifier line up. Its lithium ion battery is good for up to 12 hours of listening time (or you can use it to charge a phone twice, we're told).

The Monterey on the other hand is all about the sound, which is evident by some of the clear differences between it and the Newport. As to be expected, the same software tweaks are in place, including support for aptX and AAC. "The Monterey is designed after Fender's '68 custom grille cloth and also has a 1/8" and RCA dual analog inputs. Users have access to manual tone controls, including dedicated volume, bass, and treble knobs. On the connection side, and again in addition to Bluetooth support, the Monterey also comes loaded with a 3.5mm jack port for direct device connections. Both are available to buy now. Let us know in the comments.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (July 18, 2017) - Music-lovers can now take Fender's classic style and quality listening experience nearly anywhere they go with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation's (FMIC) first line of modern Bluetooth-streaming speakers. Both names were inspired by two of Southern California's iconic music festivals - the Newport and Monterey Pop Festivals. The speaker also has control knobs, an analog power switch, as well as a blue LED jewel light and the ability to switch between Bluetooth, aux in, and RCA. Less retro, though, is the inclusion of wireless Bluetooth streaming. The model includes a built-in microphone for taking calls; it has echo cancellation.

Fender Monterey
Fender's Bluetooth speakers look a lot like its guitar amps

The Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker.

The Monterey isn't portable, but it delivers 120 watts of sound through two 5.12-inch woofers and two 1-inch tweeters.

An impressive 30W of amplification powers the Newport's two full-range drivers and one tweeter, yet the speaker's still small enough to sling in a backpack or suitcase, at just 13x18x7.5cm and weighing in at 1.5kg.

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