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Not your great-grandfather’s Victrola

Victrola, the name Victor Talking Machine Co. given to the iconic standing phonograph he introduced in 1906, has somehow spanned the ages and is known today as a supplier of record players and other good audio products. Marlet. Today at CES 2022, the company previewed two portable Bluetooth speakers under the Music Edition banner that represent a break from the vintage motif the company typically adopts.

Scheduled for release April through June, the portable ME1 (pictured above, $ 100) and tabletop ME2 ($ 200) are battery-powered speakers that feature waterproof housings with sleek anodized aluminum grilles. . Both carry an IP67 rating, which means they are impervious to dust and can be submerged in up to 10 feet of water without damage.

The ME1, designed for fast listening, combines a 2-inch speaker with a passive bass radiator in an ultra-compact package. To maintain a smooth profile without protrusions, the controls are mounted flush with the edge with a USB charging port. Battery life is rated up to 12 hours of continuous playback.

The ME2 combines a 3.5-inch speaker and 1-inch tweeter with two passive bass radiators and a more powerful amplifier in a larger package with top-mounted controls and an auxiliary input. Battery life is rated up to 20 hours of continuous playback.

The ME1 will be offered in black, gray, blue, red or green, and the ME2 in black, gray or blue. Victrola will offer optional custom black and brown leather cases available at launch (shown with ME2).