Muzen Audio is bringing the hippie era of the 1960s back with their line of vintage-looking premium Muzen On The Road (OTR) series of portable speakers with radio functions.
Muzen was founded by Zeng Dejun, a five-time CES Innovation Award winner, and radio enthusiast. Having dedicated most of his life to radio, even bringing his Hi-Fi business to a halt to bring his brainchild, the Muzen Original II Radio, to life through a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015.
Muzen aims to bring radio back into vogue with their wide range of radios and portable speakers that are inspired by the aesthetics of the 1960s.
This will be Muzen’s first foray into the Southeast Asian market and it is made possible through their partnership with local distributor iFactory Asia. They have chosen to launch their products in Singapore as they felt that Singapore will be a suitable gateway into the Southeast Asian market, as most records and music will have to pass through Singapore’s ports before being distributed to the rest of the Southeast Asian region.
“Muzen’s design philosophy is fully based on human aesthetics. It belongs to the global market. Being an international [brand], and one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, we believe that Singapore is the perfect starting point in Southeast Asia to spread our mission, and radio culture,” Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Muzen Audio Ben Dai explains.
Muzen OTR Wood Portable FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker
The Muzen OTR Wood is designed to be able to fit in one’s pocket. It is also crafted using North American Walnut Wood, and the OTR Wood is equipped with FM reception, Bluetooth, AUX inputs and is reported to have around 10 hours of battery life when fully charged. It also comes in a leather bag, making it light and easy to carry around for picnics or road trips.
Muzen OTR Metal Portable FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker
Unlike its wooden counterpart, the Muzen OTR Metal is a lot more compact and is crafted using a high-density alloy which makes it a little heavier than the Muzen OTR Wood. The metal exterior is coated with a baking varnish which Muzen says is a technique used by the automobile industry in the 1960s. This finish gives the Muzen OTR Metal a retro vibe that is reminiscent of the ‘60s. Much like the OTR Wood, the OTR Metal will also come in a bag, this time it is a sturdy suitcase with stickers inside for you to decorate your suitcase with.
The Muzen OTR will be sold first at the upcoming IT SHOW 2019 which runs from March 7 to 10, 2019. Subsequently, it will be available at select electronic retailers in Singapore. The Muzen OTR Wood will be sold for S$129, while to Muzen OTR Metal will be sold for S$139.
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