Blackstar enters the home audio market with a special collaboration with Scandinavian company Audio Pro. The Drumfire Blackstar Edition is the surprising result; its makers claims this is the “loudest playing multiroom speaker” available.
Blackstar and Audio Pro
Here’s a collaboration we didn’t expect! Nonetheless, it’s one that does make some sense. Audio Pro is a brand that’s been around since the late 1970s. What they’ve become really popular for, in recent years, is a range of designer multi-room wireless speakers.
Some years back, I worked as Hi-Fi blogger and had the opportunity of reviewing Audio Pro’s wireless speakers. I was amazed at the quality of sound from such a small package. If you have the chance to check out one of their speakers, you won’t be disappointed!
The subject of Audio Pro and Blackstar’s collaboration is their largest speaker, the Drumfire. If you take a look at the aesthetics of the Drumfire, you’ll immediately see that it apes the “head and cab” concept of a guitar amp. It perhaps shouldn’t surprise anyone then, that Audio Pro sought to collaborate with a guitar amp manufacturer!
Audio Pro Drumfire Blackstar Edition
So, is the collaboration anything more than just slapping on some Blackstar badges? For the most part, it appears so. If you take a look on Audio Pro’s website you’ll see mention of a “custom kick-ass EQ” preset, that was created with the Blackstar team. Other than that, this appears to be identical to the regular Drumfire speaker.
A glance at the specs and you’ll find a proper, multi amped, multi-driver, 300W beast. You’ll find masses of connectivity too: Bluetooth, 3.5mm aux and both wireless and wired networking.
One of the big perks of Audio Pro’s ecosystem is that you can link multiple speakers together. This gives you a “multi-room” experience, for example, allowing you to stream audio to multiple speakers simultaneously. Clever stuff!
Blackstar’s Break into Smart Speakers?
We’ve already seen brands such as Marshall enjoy great commercial success with their consumer line. If Bluetooth speakers such as the Emberton and Stanmore can wear Marshall badges, then why not a Blackstar badge?
It remains to be seen if you’ll be able to buy the Drumfire Blackstar Edition in music shops. However, it’s undoubtedly a smart move to push the Blackstar brand into a more mainstream arena.
More Information on Audio Pro Drumfire Blackstar Edition
- Price – €700 (approx)
- Manufacturer’s Website
- Audio Pro Drumfire: Audio Pro