Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, it was all the rage to walk around carrying giant boomboxes on your shoulders blaring out rap music. Things have changed a bit, but that desire to bring your music with you is still there. Now you can do that with Urbanears’ new portable speaker, Ralis.
Urbanears has a name for putting together great headphones and home speakers. Lately, they’ve been branching out a bit, and that includes coming out with a Bluetooth enabled, battery powered, portable personal speaker. Ralis retails for $199, and, like other Urbanears products, has simple style. Essentially a square box with a strap handle, the speakers could be mistaken for a purse or a monochromatic lunch box.
The battery is charged via a built-in USB-A port and will play for 20-plus hours off of a single charge. Using Bluetooth 5.0, the speaker can connect to up to two phones at a time and has a maximum range of 30 feet. You can also use a wired 3.5mm auxiliary jack to connect yet another device. Ralis features both front and back speakers, allowing a richer, fuller sound.
And don’t worry about the weather too much; the Ralis has a IPX2 water resistance rating.