TDK invited us to a big warehouse party in Shoreditch to play with their new range of speakers and headphones. This is because this is not your grandfather’s TDK. TDK have been in the game a long time, and originally started in the mid-30s as “????????????” with the current name coming from the initials Tokyo Denki Kagaku. They’re probably best known for their cassette tapes and many a party-jam was dubbed onto a C90 for effect but they also sponsored Crystal Palace FC (and a little team known as Ajax), I will always remember their giant sign in Piccadilly Circus that has been there for as long as I can remember (1990. I’ve blanked out the rest of the 80s).
But TDK aren’t a footnote in the history or waiting for the nostalgia-obsessed in Dalston to suddenly fetishise cassette tapes. We’ve looked at their TDK Life on Record range before and it’s admirable how a brand that’s so old is committed to enhance audiophiles’ ever-evolving digital lifestyles and embracing new technology.
I can’t see the TDK Wireless Boombox without referencing Radio Raheem. See. The design alone should be enough to sell you on the device but it also sounds pretty amazing and has “room-filling” sound. It’s also bluetooth-enabled so will pump music from most modern tablets and smartphones with a 3.5 mm input if you’re totally wired (can’t you see). There’s a rechargeable battery for up to 6 hours of freestyle street dance battles. Adjustable bass and treble equalisation for optimal sound performance and a built-in FM radio with internal antenna and programmable station presets. So if kids on the bus blaring Kendrick Lamar bother you, pull out one of this and hit them with Moneybox Live.
Equally interesting visually is the Wireless Sound Cube which promised 360-degree sound. It’s an interesting centre piece certainly and can switch from omni-directional to directional sound mode to optimise sound quality no matter where it is placed. Like the Wireless Boombox it also works off of Bluetooth streaming.
If you’re more about dancing in the streets to singing in the rain you’d probably like the TDK Life on Record Wireless Weatherproof Speaker. As you’d probably guessed it also features Bluetooth connectivity.The weatherised design protects against the elements and the rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of portable playback. If you take a lot of conference calls in fields the integrated microphone provides speakerphone functionality for hands-free calling.
Pricing and availability
TDK Life on Record Wireless Boombox
Now available at: HMV (in- store and online)
Available from 1st December at: Grattan, Urban Outfitters (selected London stores)
U.K. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): £279.99
TDK Life on Record Wireless Sound Cube
Now available at: HMV (all stores and online)
Available from 1st December at: Amazon UK, Grattan, Urban Outfitters (online only)
U.K. MSRP: £229.99
TDK Life on Record Wireless Weatherproof Speaker
Now available at: Grattan
Available from 1st December at: Amazon UK
U.K. MSRP: £199.99