Urbanears has been making headphones and home speakers for years, and now it’s making a move to the last area of personal audio: portable speakers. It’s starting with the Rålis, the company’s first battery-powered speaker.
Launching today for $199, the Rålis has a similar aesthetic as Urbanears’ other speakers, albeit with a battery that allows you to take it on the go. That battery can also be used to recharge other devices on the go using a built-in USB-A port. (Urbanears won’t say how large the battery is, beyond a promise of 20-plus hours of battery life.)
The Rålis also supports Bluetooth 5.0, allowing up to two phones to be wirelessly connected at once for when you’re fighting with your friends over what song to play. There’s a wired 3.5mm aux jack for connecting a third device, too. It’s also IPX2 water resistant, so it’s good enough to protect from a splash, but not nearly as waterproof as the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3, which can be thrown into a pool.
Design aesthetics aside, the Rålis’ specs have a lot in common with the just-announced Marshall Stockwell II, which makes sense since the two brands are owned by the same parent company: Zound Industries.
The Urbanears Rålis is available today for $199.