Talk To Me!
We were there when Como Audio Designer, CEO and Founder Tom DeVesto began a Kickstarter campaign for “SpeakEasy,” a new speaker. The thing that impressed us immediately was the tactic approval of audiophiles.
The minute the Kickstarter campaign went live we saw people clicking to buy in (for $199 instead of the projected $399+) for pre-production. The speaker isn’t likely to be on the market until November 2018 and this Kickstarter began in May.
“Speak Easy” is not just an attractive speaker, it has Google Assistant built in. Speak to the Google Assistant to play music from premium streaming accounts from Pandora, iHeartRadio, etc.
Use this speaker to interface with Google Assistant as you normally would use it, with your voice. It will also interface with other Como Audio speakers for multi-room enjoyment.
Como Audio’s speakers are not inexpensive ranging around $349-$400. However, they are for audiophiles and those who demand something so much more than a plastic speaker or the somewhat ugly plastic Google unit.
The sound for a speaker of its size is exceptional. Read How We Test Sound.
We hope we can test out the Como Audio SpeakEasy when it’s ready for consumers to purchase.
Available Como Audio Speakers
Meanwhile, there are plenty of other Como Audio speakers you can buy right now. We tested the Como Audio Amico (Srp. $400).
Take it Along:
The Amico is an audiophiles “amigo.” You can “unplug” and enjoy it anywhere there is WiFi. If there is no Wifi available, you can still listen to FM radio.
Like the other Como Audio speakers, the cabinet can be selected housed in genuine wood or in high gloss veneer to match your decor.
We’re not getting too technical about how this beautiful speaker works but you can get the specks on the Como Audio website. There is an included 2200 mA rechargeable Li-Ion battery giving you an average 8 hours of continuous playback on a full charge.
A Como Audio Amico will work with the existing free Como Control iOS and Android apps, other Como Audio music systems in your home. If you have the $$ you can get two and hook up two Amic0 speakers for even more impressive sound.
There is also an available, protective, silicone cover (optional) which might be a good idea if you’re going to take the speaker outside.
The Como Audio Amico puts out a surprisingly good sound for a box this size by doing an excellent job of modifying the music to compliment the speaker.
Sounds that the speaker cannot reproduce easily (highest highs and the lowest lows) are electrically eliminated so that they don’t muddy by over-driving the speaker, which is left to reproduce the sound in the center.
The sound in the center is smoothed by precisely boosting the frequencies where the speaker is weak and lessening the frequencies where the speaker will naturally over-enhance. This ensures that you have the best sounding speaker of this size that is probably capable of being produced.
It’s a compliment to Como Audio and their understanding of audio that they were able to create such transparent and full sound form such a small box.
For the most part, we loved this speaker for its sound and its beauty. There are, however, a few issues to consider:
If you like internet music services, know that ability to play them is limited if you aren’t on premium plans. You may have Spotify, for example, but if you’re not paying for Spotify Premium, you can’t use it with this speaker. We hope that in future models this will not be an issue.
Connecting the speaker was easy enough, but getting pre-sets to work baffled us. The instruction could be a lot better, especially for those who are not so tech-savvy.
Amico is mean to be moved around, but it’s heavy. Perhaps those who insist upon the highest quality sound and don’t care about cost would bring it to a party or to the BBQ. We don’t think the average consumer would bring it outside even with a cover. Moving it from room to room is easy and a nice option.
Where to Buy:
To learn more about Como Audio visit the Website https://www.comoaudio.com
*This review was written by the advicesisters‘ tech editor Anthony Sabatini, and Editor in Chief Alison Blackman