IK Multimedia makes a host of cool iOS accessories – most of them geared toward musicians. The company’s growing stable of apps and hardware can help turn a standard iPhone or iPad into a powerful field recorder, a miniature studio mixer, or even a motion-controlled DJ platform. So when the company set its sights on a Bluetooth speaker, we knew it would amount to more than just your basic portable sound machine.
Dubbed the iLoud (and for good reason), IK’s latest is part Bluetooth speaker, part PA system, and part studio monitor. Aimed squarely at musicians and audiophiles, the $300 speaker streams music wirelessly and, when combined with an iOS device and any number of different apps, proposes to replace guitar stomp boxes, keyboard patches and stand-alone effects boxes.
That sounds great, but does it work out well in practice? We found out.