Tube Core Duo is a Compact, Tube-driven Bluetooth Speaker


Over the last 15 years as music has gone completely digital, we have (for the most part) left behind the richness and quality of analog audio equipment in favor of the convenience of iPods. Thanks to the ubiquity of smart phones, there are a zillion bluetooth speakers, and for the most — in spite of what their marketing wants you to believe — these are no more interesting from an audio quality point of view than electronic-amplifier powered boom boxes from the 80’s. There’s plenty of rubberized neon an anodized aluminum finishes to choose from but we’ve lost the warm vintage wooden speakers.

So here comes Tube Core Duo (launched about an hour ago on Kickstarter and already 62% funded out of a $20,000 goal) with something that stands out. Have your cake and eat it too: a bluetooth-enabled, Wifi capable speaker that’s powered by dual, single-phase vacuum tube pre-amplifiers and sports a vintage design handmade from hardwood and hand-stretched speaker cloth.

So what do you get by combing the internet with vintage analog audio? Amazing sound quality, something that’s beautiful to look at and the ability to stream a movie from your iPhone that plays on the speaker and outputs to your TV in HD (Tube Core

Duo has an HDMI output and support XMBC.)

If that all wasn’t enough, it’s a completely open design and uses a Raspberry Pi under the hood.

TubeCore is dedicated to the celebration of sound. All TubeCore systems feature our signature Tube Pre-Amp and Solid State Hybrid System. This combination delivers the purest analog sound, while drastically reducing the energy waste of “pure” Class-A Systems.

Designed around a balance between classic analog Hi-Fi and computer control, TubeCore systems can be hacked, networked and modified in countless ways, all to the benefit of the audiophile community.

Check out Tube Core Duo today on Kickstarter

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  1. MindHacker says:

    XBMC, but yeah, it looks pretty awesome.  I love how it bridges analog and digital while still being fully functional in each half. If only I wasn’t poor.

  2. DimitriFurman says:

    Thanks for the write up, Joe! FYI, we funded last night in just under 48 hours! -Dimitri Furman (co-founder, TubeCore Audio)

  3. DimitriFurman says:

    Hey Joe! You got good eyes! Wired just picked us up today! A smooth week late, huh?