Kallax-Fi? We’ve covered electronics. What about loudspeakers? Many standmounts will make good on their bookshelf promise to fit comfortably inside an IKEA Kallax unit’s 33cm x 33cm shelf hole. The compromise is the cavity will act as a bi-directional acoustic horn. Not too dissimilar to how we cup our hands around our mouth to further project our voice.
Taking a bespoke approach to eliminate the problems of an additional enclosure is Israel’s driver and OEM manufacturer Morel. Their Högtalare loudspeaker fits snugly into any Kallax shelf with its reinforced MDF cabinet housing a pair of soft dome tweeters, a “double magnet” 6″ mid/bass driver (with front firing port) and a trio of corresponding 50 Watt amplifier, all stitched together via a DSP crossover. In other words, a digitally active unit.
Inputs number two: one aptX Bluetooth and one 3.5mm analogue. A USB socket presents to 5V power third-party streamers like the Chromecast audio.
As a standalone unit, the Högtalare uses its left and right tweeters for pseudo-channel-separation. Pair it with a second unit (over TWS Bluetooth) and we get stereophony proper. See header image.
The cabinet is all black with Morel offering a choice of four wave-guided grille covers. Morel’s home-made video walks us through:
The catch? The Högtalare is only available via Indiegogo: €150 for a single unit, €265 for two. Shipping is scheduled for August 2019. Crowdfunding’s more pointed caveat emptor applies.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Högtalare is the Swedish word for ‘speaker’.
Further information: Morel