MOKTAK Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Review

MOKTAK Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Review


It’s not a kettlebell, a giant earring, or a sex toy. It’s the MOKTAK Stereo Bluetooth Speaker, a 2012 Reddot Design winner and 2013 International Design Excellence Award Finalist. Two sure things when you meet the MOKTAK for the first time – it looks odd but beautiful, and when you start touching it, it makes perfect sense.

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    Your hand gravitates to both the sphere and the flexible handle.

The design itself invites you to touch it, and in the process, you’ll find ways to bring it around and use it. That means you’ll probably end up using the MOKTAK more than your other flat, squarish, bulky, non-ergonomic Bluetooth speakers. It’s no wonder it garnered design praises.

MOKTAK Bluetooth Speaker Review, ASUS ZenFone Selfie

The MOKTAK paired with the ASUS ZenFone Selfie – Jamiroquai is playing.

That sphere is actually two halves, each half a speaker, that magnetically locks into each other. When you separate the spheres, the MOKTAK looks like a headset, and you’ll try put it over your head, except that, unlike a headset, it doesn’t clamp over your ears. So you put it around your neck, like a headset you just pulled down from your ears.

MOKTAK Bluetooth Speaker, Deni-ar Villanueva

swirlingovercoffee.com selfie model Deni Villanueva is having fun with the MOKTAK.

That’s what I mean about the inviting design – your hands gravitate to the half-spheres (they’re nice to touch) and to the flexible handle between them (you’ll twist and bend them and then start over).

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    Big yellow box. Ooh what's that?

Soohun Jung designed the MOKTAK for German Audio Company YAMAZOKi. The MOKTAK is inspired by a wooden percussion instrument used by Buddhist monks. The MOKTAK is visually composed of circles (the spherical speakers, the open loop handle) and as such it looks self-contained. Its color choices make it something you’d love to bring with you.

MOKTAK Bluetooth Speaker Review

On your phone, phablet, tablet, computer, turn on Bluetooth and easily pair it with the MOKTAK. The audio quality is loud without sounding strained, even at maximum volume, and this is something you want when you’re outdoors. Inside enclosed areas, you can really hear the beats and sink into your feel good music.

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Some music and movies are best experienced without a headset. 

The sound quality is adequately loud and full outdoors, and contained and even and satisfying in enclosed areas. Also, the MOKTAK is splash-proof.

MOKTAK Bluetooth Speaker

Image taken from yamazoki.com

MOKTAK Bluetooth Speaker Specs:

Bluetooth Version: 3.0;
NFC;
RF Frequency: 2402 MHz 2480 MHz ISM Band;
Support Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP;
Operating Distance: 10 meters approximately (Open Area);
Audio Output Power: 3W X 2 (Stereo);
Speakers: 2 X Ø 40mm2, 4 ohm 3W;
Bass Woof: 2 XØ34mm;
Frequency Response: 60Hz to 20KHz;
S/N Ratio: >75dB;
Build-in Battery: Lithium 800mAH;
Output Voltage: 3.7V;
Play Time: Up to 8 hours approximately;
Standby Time: Up to 30 days;
Battery Charge Time: 2.5 hours;
Connectors: Micro-USB socket for charging and LED Indicator Operation Status.

SRP: P6,000.00

 

MOKTAK Bluetooth Speaker Review, Deni-ar Villanueva

You can actually walk around with the MOKTAK worn like this and it’s not a bad thing to do.

The MOKTAK Bluetooth speaker is one of those devices you can’t wrap your head around the first time you see it, but which makes sense upon handling and use. I’m sure I haven’t twisted it enough and there are probably ways to hang, clamp, dangle, wrap it around things – ways that I haven’t discovered yet. That connector between the spheres is effectively a handle, a stand, a hook, and something else.

MOKTAK Bluetooth Speaker

Unlike the “standard” Bluetooth speakers that you pack away on trips, this one you “know” you’ve brought with you – your friends will see it dangling from the handle of your bag or hung around your neck or your arm. It’s meant to be seen and heard and touched and talked about.

MOKTAK Bluetooth Speaker Review

You can hang and twist the MOKTAK around nearly any structure to keep the mood going.

On one full charge of the MOKTAK (takes about 2.5 hours to do so), you can get up to 8 hours of listening pleasure. There’s a comes-with charging cable so you can hook it up to any power bank when you’re outdoors. If you want to, you can use the MOKTAK like a regular non-Bluetooth speaker, because there’s a 3.4mm audio port (and a cable to do so comes with the box).

Closing

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No matter how good your headphones may be – with the MOKTAK above is the Marshall Major II Headphones – there will be times when you have to set the mood, start the party, share the sound, and wake up the neighbors.

The MOKTAK Stereo Bluetooth Speaker sells for P6,000 and is available in all Globe GEN3 stores and on Lazada.com.ph. It is distributed in the Philippines by Macpower Marketing Corporation.

Check out Macpower’s other products on their Facebook page.

 

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OVERALL
The MOKTAK Bluetooth Stereo Speaker is impressively designed and looks and feels (in your hand) premium. That sphere is actually two speakers magnetically locked, and can be gently pulled apart. With a splash-proof body and an up-to 8 hours of listening time, the flexible handle between the two halves allows you to twist the MOKTAK as you please - hang it around your neck, clamp it over your clothes rack, hook it into your bag's handle. The MOKTAK is designed to be seen, touched, twisted, heard, brought to vacations and parties. The sound quality is adequately loud and full outdoors, and contained and even and satisfying in enclosed areas.

Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife’s cooking so much he’s now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman – his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, “Notwithstanding Pigs,” initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.