Aiwa Relaunches with an Awesome Looking Bluetooth Speaker, The EXOS-9

I remember the Aiwa audio brand from my childhood. Sadly, it was absorbed by Sony in 2002.  They, in turn, discontinued the brand in 2006. Joe Born of Neuros Technology, Digital Innovations and Hale Devices fame has resuscitated the brand with what looks like a fabulous new bluetooth speaker, the EXOS-9.

Exos9

As a kid Aiwa was my goto brand. Sony was the more expensive and somewhat high end brand in the 80s.  Aiwa was generally better than the long dead Realistic brand of Radio Shack but not quite as good as Sony. That’s the past. Aiwa, under Joe Born’s leadership looks to be targeting the high end with the new EXOS-9 Bluetooth speaker.

Aiwa EXOS9_perspective

From the pictures, it looks awesome. The specs are great too:

AUDIO

  • Frequency response: 40Hz-20KHz
  • Continuous power output: 100W
  • Max. SPL: 100dB+
  • 5-band adjustable graphic EQ
  • 4 EQ presets
  • 2x 1.0″ Silk dome tweeter
  • 2x 3.0″ Neodymium midrange
  • 1x 6.5″ Dual voice coil subwoofer
  • Class-D bi-amplification
  • Active and passive crossovers
  • Bass reflex port
  • Acoustically isolated midrange chambers
  • 3.5mm aux. input

CONTROLS

  • Remote
    • Volume
    • EQ control
    • Stereo / Mirroring controls
    • Playback controls
      (play/pause, forward, back)
  • Onboard
    • Volume
    • EQ control
    • Stereo / Mirroring controls
    • Playback controls
      (play/pause, forward, back)

POWER

  • Battery life: 10+ hours continuous typical use (~85dBA SPL with standard battery)
    • Quick-swappable rechargeable battery pack
    • 18500 mAH 22V lithium-ion battery pack
    • 18+ hours (with extended battery)
    • Battery-save mode for 20% battery savings*
  • USB charging for phones, tablets at 2.0A
  • USB input for firmware update
  • Power input: 110-120v 50-60hz

BLUETOOTH

  • Bluetooth operating radius: 50ft
  • NFC pairing
  • A2DP support
  • aptX®, AAC, SBC codec support
  • Wireless two-speaker pairing (TWS):
    dual stereo (LR + LR) or
    stereo-separated (L+R)

OTHER

  • Handle for easy transport
  • Dimensions:
    493mm x 192mm x 298mm
    (19.4″ x 7.5″ x 11.7″) L x W x H
  • Weight: 5.9kg (13 lbs)

 

Lots to like right?  Looks like this would fit in great pretty much anywhere and I like that it’s not limited to bluetooth.

The Aiwa EXOS-9 is now available for pre-order for $299.99 on Aiwa’s new US website and is expected to ship in mid 2015.


About the Author

Joel McLaughlin
Joel is a consultant in the IT field and is located in Columbus, OH. While he loves Linux and tends to use it more than anything else, he will stoop to running closed source if it is the best tool for the job. His techno passions are Linux, Android, netbooks, GPS, podcasting and Amateur Radio.