Escape, the new portable speaker company, has launched the P9 high-performance wireless speaker system. Rugged yet elegant in form, the P9 has been designed for users who want to enjoy high-quality audio from a portable speaker in the garden, on the patio or even, thanks to the P9's weather-resistant casing, near the swimming pool or hot tub. Featuring four full-range drivers and 24-bit DSP technology, the P9 features a whole host of facilities including app control, Bluetooth connectivity and USB input, making it the perfect speaker for those wanting a high-quality audio performance regardless of where they are.
Simple to use, the P9 can be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.2 (aptX HD, ACC, SBC audio codecs and A2DP 1.3.1) or its two physical inputs - a USB socket ideal for flash drives and a 3.5mm stereo input. This array of connectivity options makes the P9 compatible with just about any source, including smartphones, tablets or PCs. The amazing hi-fidelity performance created by the P9 is produced by its four individual 3-inch full-range drive units, combined with the integral 8-inch subwoofer. Utilizing polypropylene (PP) cones with aluminum dust caps, linear flat spider, vented voice coil and a powerful optimized magnet structure, the four driver-array delivers detailed and accurate sound with a 360° Omni-directional sound field. The subwoofer, which also features a polypropylene (PP) cone design, linear flat spider and vented voice coil combined with a custom-designed composite fiberglass reinforced basket and oversized magnet, faithfully delivers both powerful and deep bass reinforcement. The entire system is driven by an extremely efficient 100-watt audiophile digital amplifier. Its sound is both tailored & user-adjustable via the dedicated app, thanks to the on-board dual 24-bit DSP processors.
Designed to work outdoors, the P9 offers a rugged yet sophisticated design, thanks to its stylish grill made of multi-filament polyester yarn with a soft look to create a natural material effect. The integral powder-coated die-cast aluminum carry handle makes it easy to move its relative lightweight 12.30 Kg around a terrace throughout the day, whilst it's IPX4 weather-resistant rating allows for it to sit by the pool all day and continue working faultlessly, even were it to be splashed by enthusiastic swimmers. Full portability is available thanks to the P9's integral rechargeable Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4) battery, which delivers up to 8-hours of wireless listening from a single charge at normal sound levels.
Thanks to the dedicated app (available from the App Store and Google Play), users can stream music, control their playlists and control volume, whilst the sophisticated internal DSP (Digital Signal Processing) also allows for individual sound settings. For even greater listening pleasure, two P9's can be linked together via Bluetooth to produce a wider stereo sound field. For the audiophile traveler, or just to keep the P9 safe when not in use, Escape has created the optional P9 Travel Case. Made from sturdy ABS/PC plastic and featuring zip-around fastening, robust wheels, and a suitcase-style pull-up carry handle, the P9 fits snuggly in the Travel Case for secure transportation, allowing it to be put in the back of the car for a trip to the beach or even in the hold of an airplane. For those wanting to keep their music content remote from their mobile devices, Escape also offers a miniature Flash Drive capable of holding up to 16 GB of music, whilst the Aux 2 Kit enables the easy installation of a ChromeCast module. The Escape P9 is available in three color options - black, white or tan - and has a UK SRP of £999. Info and photos by Escape.