It’s wholly understandable if you mistook the Native Union x La Boite Concept PR / 01 Bluetooth speaker for a vintage stereo speaker that lost its secondary partner. From all appearances, its wood cabinetry and metal trim hint of a time when “hi-fidelity” systems aspired to look as fine as they sound – it’s a speaker designed not to only look the part of audiophile equipment from decades ago, but engineered to sound like one too.
The exterior design is only one half of the PR / 01 story – the rest resides hidden away within. Inside the classic wood and aluminum cabinetry the French acoustics specialist at La Boite reutilized a patent originally developed by the company’s Cagniard family back in the 1976; it required seven years to turn intent to reality. Adapted to support new digital technologies of today, the Active Pression Reflex utilizes two speakers housed within a multi-amplified pneumatic system to produce very low frequencies, all without subtracting from its ability to reproduce a natural soundstage.
Native Union x La Boite PR/01 Speaker Specs:
- Modular design featuring a concealed drawer hiding audio inputs and USB charging ports
- Wooden frame with solid aluminum controls and hardwearing textile grille
- Active Pression Reflex technology
- Bluetooth Apt-x connection and DAC Optical audio digital input
- Aux 1: RCA analog input and Aux 2: 3.5mm stereo plug
- 2 USB-A and 1 USB-C ports for device charging
- Dimensions: L 410m x H 237mm x D 256mm
Even before the era of USB connected devices and all of the cables and cords it has introduced, the bane of any audiophile dreams of a clean set-up has been connectivity. The PR/01 remedies the dilemma with an intelligently designed organization drawer, alleviating clutter by hiding traditional audio inputs, as well as additional USB ports for simultaneous device charging.