Music is something that lives in our minds! Our hearts! Our souls!
We feel every word, every beat of the music; we can relate to it, go back in the past and relive our memories through music. In short, music is not just a part of our lives but our lives are a part of music. And, we now have a song for every occasion, emotion, feeling or for that matter every genre we can possibly think of; but then what is that we really look for is the question? To be very honest; we don’t often listen to music in a club, party, event or for that matter a music player itself. We first listen to it on our phones or iPods and then move on to the rest. Now, I personally being a music freak can vouch for this when I say that ultimately we look for the right and good quality using these devices, which they often lack. Having said that; when there’s a problem, eventually someone comes up with a solution too!
And solving this for us we have Analog Artistry LLC’s, LEO – Vintage Analog Sound from any Modern Device.
Let’s show you what Leo is and how it works…!
To begin with; what do you think Leo really is? Music player? iPod-like device? Some high-tech speakers? Sun-sign? No, No, No & definitely No!
In simple terms, Leo is a mini headphone amplifier that imitates the functionalities of the olden days “record players & vintage tubes” to give you the desired warmth in the music. You might have heard of or seen amplifiers for your music system at home or cars, etc but Leo is the first of its kind! It being a mini headphone amplifier holds simplified functions of producing vintage sounds using any modern device.
As mentioned on their Kickstarter page, Leo is a mini headphone amplifier that emulates the warm tone of vintage audio equipment. Connect Leo to any Smartphone or music player to your favorite headphones to experience the sound that vinyl lovers have been raving about without the expense and hassle. Basically, it is a god-sent device which helps all the vintage music lovers to get the actual feel of such audio files.
Wondering how it sounds?
Leo brings music to life; it makes you feel as if you are listening to a live performance. The elite quality & crispness that it brings to the tone and frequencies, brings out the best performance from any pair of headphones. Apart from that; it holds a complete analog design with 3.5 mm stereo audio-in and headphone-out, a frequency response of roughly 3 decibels and a power per channel of 105 Mega Watts. The beauty & uniqueness of this device is that; unlike other audio equipments which provide you with a flat and narrow range of tones, Leo offers you a range of multiple frequencies while reconstructing the exact tonal quality as compared to that of vintage amplifiers.
Now as clean is its sound, so is its design!
As unique the sound is of Leo, equally mesmerizing is its design! To accomplish the same more than one year has been invested; which started off by measuring many vintage amplifiers and turntables, engineering equations that replicated the vintage gear, coding simulations to search for the best suited circuit for the sound, and lastly, the intuitive interface. Leo is manufactured with a rugged aluminum body, CNC engraved aluminum knobs and also holds precision laser cut faceplates that come with options like walnut veneer, smooth black leather or black acrylic. The standard units come with a backlighting of soft yellow LED and the Premium ones come with UV LED backlighting. Leo offers a power of 9 volts and comes with a height of 37 mm, width of 54 mm and a weight of 95 grams.
Leo is presently available for $99 on Kickstarter and as per estimation it should be delivered to its backers by May 2015. So far, it has managed to collect a sum of $11,169 with just 89 backers and has already crossed its target of $10,000 with 30 days still to go.
To be fair, the idea used by Leo is by far the most innovative one we have come across. And the product, its design & technology; together form the perfect mini amplifier too! Now the only thing which is being awaited is the device itself so that we could give you the sound review for the same!