The Soundbox will sell for £799 or £299 for Sky subscribers.
The soundbox is made of paulownia wood and is open at the back.
But if you’re in the Sky ecosystem already, the Soundbox is yours for just £299 – and at that price it’s hard to argue against.
With SoundBox, it has hit on a winning formula; the first three editions of the series, which began last December, have sold out quickly.
The Soundbox is made by Sky and Devialet, which makes its own speakers costing way more than this one.
One bowed lyre was the Welsh crwth, which by the 13th century had gained a fingerboard running from the crossbar to the soundbox.
But last year’s partnership with Sky for the Soundbox soundbar showed the company is humble enough to engage with the mass market.
Frame harp, musical instrument in which the neck and soundbox are joined by a column, or forepillar, which braces against the tension of the strings.
The company behind the Sky Soundbox and the awesome Phantom hi-fi system has announced a new mini version of its audiophile-grade home speaker, the Phantom Reactor.
Both at Oliveto and at SoundBox, the Constellation process never seemed obviously fake or too good to be true, and yet I had a sense of being ensconced in an audio cocoon.
In short, all the expertise and cleverness contained within the Soundbox that makes it what it is, is still owned by Devialet to do with as it sees fit anywhere outside the UK.
In the late 14th century the earlier form was displaced on the Continent by the Gothic harp, with a slender, straighter neck; thin, shallow soundbox; and nearly straight pillar.
By about 1400 this form was superseded by the so-called Gothic harp, having a taller, shallow soundbox; a short, less deeply curved neck; and a more slender, almost straight forepillar.
It means the Soundbox isn’t wild about being closed in on either side, but give it some breathing space and it’s capable of greater scale and presence than seems feasible from an enclosure of this size.
So it was decided that Devialet would supply the technical ability and inner components for the Soundbox, while Sky would handle the exterior industrial design and manufacture of the nine-speaker, 140W unit that can reproduce sound from 35Hz up to 22kHz.
Well before the Sky Soundbox was revealed last week, WIRED travelled to Paris to meet with a little-known audiophile brand, Devialet, to find out exactly how it came to pass that it was collaborating with one of the biggest names in telecommunications in the UK.
Irish harp, Irish clairseach, Scottish Gaelic clarsach, traditional harp of medieval Ireland and Scotland, characterized by a huge soundbox carved from a solid block of wood; a heavy, curved neck; and a deeply outcurved forepillar—a form shared by the medieval Scottish harp.
So when Quentin Sannié, Devialet CEO, walked into the office of Sky's director of TV experience, product design and development a year ago with a prototype of the Soundbox under his arm proposing working together, the executive, David Cameron, must have thought all his Christmases had come at once.
But, as Devialet owns all the intellectual property that makes the Soundbox work, and Sky merely owns the industrial design rights (how the box looks from the outside), in theory, another company could license the Soundbox's internals from Devialet, slap their own casing on top and sell it in another country.
And since the Soundbox is heavily discounted for existing or new customers – just £249 for Sky Q multiscreen customers, and £299 for all other Sky TV or Sky Broadband and Talk customers (but the full £799 to Joe Public) – it's feasible many will take up this offer once the box becomes available in the autumn.
- a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
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And since the Soundbox is heavily discounted for existing or new customers – just £249 for Sky Q multiscreen customers and £299 for all other Sky TV or Sky Broadband and Talk customers but the full £799 to Joe Public – it's feasible many will take up this offer once the box becomes available in the autumn