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Loewe’s new Bluetooth speaker is coated in real gold

German high-end AV company Loewe just trotted out a surprise runner in the portable Bluetooth speaker race, the klang m1.

We’ll remember this year, 2017, as the annus mirabilis in which Loewe seemingly launched a product every month. Not that we’re complaining, as the designer brand sculpts some exceedingly delicious tech that we’d love to imagine sitting in the homes we can’t afford, in the places we’d probably never be allowed to live, because we don’t own a helicopter or wear the right brand of yoga pants.

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Loewe’s first foray into the Bluetooth speaker market was the excellent Speaker 2go, many moons ago now. The new Loewe klang m1 is, surprisingly, an even more affordable proposition at £169 – despite one of the finishes consisting of 83% real gold.

The sandblasted stainless-steel casing – which measures 133 x 63 x 23mm – is available in a choice of Silver, Graphite Grey or Rose Gold finishes, accented by a leather hand strap. Obviously the latter colour choice is the one with that generous spread of genuine Au.

To hopefully ensure some impressive audio chops, the driver configuration comprises two treble/mid-range units and a pair of passive mid-bass membranes. Two klang m1 can also be paired for stereo.

Built-in rechargeable batteries make for 12 hours of music playback from two hours of charging over Micro USB, and there’s an LED battery-level indicator. In addition to Bluetooth connection, there’s also a 3.5mm aux input for old-school wireduppedness.

The Loewe klang m1 will go on sale in December 2017 for £169.

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