Sabine wants to enhance your iPad speaker

By , Mar 9, 2013

Sabine

We all cup our hands behind the iPad when trying to hear our favorite music or videos. I often found the speaker on iPad to be lacking and I even backed a project on Kickstarter last year trying to remedy this problem. Unlike the product I backed last year, the Sabine is anodized aluminum to match Apple’s design aesthetic. Additionally, aluminum is a more reflective surface and amplifies sound at a much higher rate. Today, I take a look at 7decibels’ Sabine final production prototype…

Design and Performance

Sabine is laser cut to precision from T6061 aluminum, which gives over six times better reflectance than plastic. The angle curvature and clear anodization process ensure you are not making your iPad ugly by attaching this product. Most importantly, it uses a non-adhesive attachment to prevent left over goo when it is removed.

I am personally excited about the lack of adhesive because any skin I placed on my mini or iPhone 5 left terrible residue. To reapply the Sabine after the pad gets dirty, simply wash with water and dry. To test the repeated stickiness, I took the Sabine on and off multiple times trying to denote any lack of attachment. It seemed fine to me, even on the mini’s more raw anodized back. Note, however, this product is designed for use with iPad, not the mini. The mini uses stereo speakers and the Sabine does not enhance the mini’s speakers in a noticeable way.

With a goal to prevent hand cupping and create an elegant product in the process, 7decibels hit their mark. The reflection clearly amplifies sound and the aluminum curves compliment the iPad. Amplification does work a lot better on the higher frequencies. Do not expect this device to turn your living room into a club dance floor. As you note in my unprofessional video below, the higher pitch noises do pick up much easier, which is especially apparent during the music at the end of this trailer.

Conclusion

At a buy-in option on Kickstarter of $25, I think it is an easy investment if you watch a lot of shows on your iPad. With 33 days remaining, 7decibels already enjoys $7,051 of $10,000 in pledges and hopes to ship in May if completely funded.

The price is a little high, but I would be willing to pay extra for the clear anodization, matching curved angle, and precise curved edges. Is this going to replace wearing headphones or using AirPlay speakers? Absolutely not. It is however a quick fix to a long term Apple problem.

To get 7decibels’ take on their own product, check out their official launch video. There is a brief history and some details about the complicated design process included in their pitch. If you are wondering about the teaser trailer in my video, check out The Digressions web series.

Do you own a speaker amplifier? Would you even consider buying one?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.liu.7503 Jonathan Liu

    The iPad speaker is loud enough.

    • JomanJi

      Yea, sometimes, sometimes not

  • Lordthree

    Looks good but $25 is a little steep. And mini has two speakers

  • Douglas

    This is bad, just put your hand curved that way and you will see the sound loses the bass. And I would not like a piece of metal sticking out on my iPad.

    • Kurt

      I wish the speakers were on the front of the device and in stereo.

  • http://twitter.com/BUSfromRUS Alexander Bus

    I use my palm for this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1496513068 Zach Krase

    i have a sound clip that i bought for like 5 bucks that does the exact same thing..

  • http://twitter.com/keyursavjani Keyur Savjani

    Wasn’t there a Rabbi who came onto Shark Tank with the same exact idea?

    • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

      Yes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nasser1510 Nasser Cedeño

    if you wanne get volume for the ipad 4 . just press the home botton until Siri say hi and put the volume up and close siri and that’s it :)

  • keegandonley

    Got mine yesterday, and it has a hard time staying stuck on my iPad…

  • Bombay_4Eva

    The HTC One has perfectly placed speakers with Stereo sound! I would love to see this design incorporated in more Pad’s.