Geekwave: High Performance, Questionable Necessity
Your Music Collection In Your Pocket…Today
There is a new music player coming on the market, and here are some of its features. It’s small and highly portable. In fact, you can just drop it in your pocket. It can hold thousands of songs, so you’re never without the music you want right now. It looks cool and sounds great, and it’s going to change the way you listen to music and — by extension — how you live your life.
This sounds a lot like the original iPod pitch from way back in 2001, doesn’t it? Except it isn’t. It’s 2015 now, and we’re talking about the new Geekwave portable music player. They’re a bit behind the times, aren’t they? Well, yes and no. Let’s take a look.
A Truly High Quality Music Player
So many people use their smart phones as their portable music players. Doing so cuts down on the number of devices you have to carry, and you carry your phone everywhere anyway, so it just makes sense. And of course, the original iPod has its devotees as well. However, one of the biggest complaints about listening to music on these devices is that the sound quality is underwhelming. The Geekwave, however, is different.
Geekwave fulfils the portable music dreams of all audiophiles. It offers 32 bit, 384 kHz sound performance. (For comparison, the iPod is only 48 kHz.) You’ll be able to hear your music fully and completely: every instrument, every track, every nuance. Plus, because it’s a dedicated audio player, it’s fast. Running its own native AOS1, it boots up from a dead stop in just one second and starts playing your music immediately. Plus, thanks to its DSD 128 component, the Geekwave can handle any audio format; you’ll never give it a file it doesn’t know how to play. It also pushes out enough juice to power even the most high-end headphones.
But It’s Still One More Device
There’s no arguing with the technical superiority of the Geekwave over the portable music device you’re currently using. If you want something that makes your music sound great, the Geekwave is best. However, you’d also have to want to carry an additional device, and of course invest in high quality headphones to hear everything the Geekwave is capable of. For many people, remembering to grab their phone on their way out the door can be a challenge; adding another thing on top of that may be too much.
Also, one advantage that iPhones and Android devices have is that it’s either relatively easy or very easy to sync your computer’s iTunes music. It’s also simple to purchase music directly to your device. The Geekwave player requires a few steps to get your music on the device — it’s not complicated, but it does take some time and thought, both of which are already antiquated notions when it comes to portable music. Yes, fans of the original iPod do it, but they’re a shrinking demographic. Also, there does not seem to be a way (yet, of course) to purchase music directly to the Geekwave.
Will It Fly?
While we are sceptical of the Geekwave’s potential for success, the crowdfunding masses have spoken. Geekwave’s Indiegogo InDemand campaign has currently pulled down over $1.5 million USD, and their original campaign this past summer met its goal over 3000%. So, we could be wrong.
The demand does seem to be there, even though a 64GB Geekwave currently costs almost $300 USD and will retail for almost $400 USD over the summer. For that price, you could buy a brand new phablet. Will the Geekwave be a viable competitor to the multi-tasking devices we all carry? Time will tell.