From known audio-tactile experience creators SubPac (based in LA), comes the SubPac M2, a new wearable audio-bass system. It is designed to be an alternative to listening to bass via ordinary speakers that may weaken the overall sensation of the bass. The SubPac S2 allows the wearer to actually feel the physical sensations of the bass on and within their own body.
With their tag-line, “feeling is believing,” SubPac, a Los Angeles company, claims the SubpPac M2 creates the ideal audio-tactile experience for the wearer. It is an upgrade from its predecessor, the SubPac S2. While the S2’s design was limited to only being used while sitting (and leaning against it while doing so), the M2’s make is ideal for the increased mobility of standing, while still retaining the value of the S2’s compact size.
This design would make it ideal for smaller spaces, such as travel, hotels, apartments and/or shared-living spaces. This particular merit is made even more feasible by being portable. The SubPac M2 is made with an ergonomic design so as to fit comfortably when worn on the torso, with the dimensions of 43cmX30cmX4cm. But its size and shape are only a small aspect of its positively-received features.
What Does The Subpac M2 Do
With the SubPac M2 you are not just limited to listening to varying bass frequencies, but you can also actually sense them in your body, as you experience bass vibrations with high-quality subwoofer speakers. The SubPac M2 was in fact created act as a kind of portable subwoofer, being how it is able to take up far less space when compared to your average, or even above-average, non-portable speakers.
It is able to process even the lower ranges of frequency (Sub bass), scaling from five to one-hundred and thirty Hertz, increasing the ease of tasks such as dance music production, so that producers may create a more nuanced experience overall for the listener. Its other practical benefits are the decreased production of “noise-disturbance” in comparison to that of regular speakers. In general, useful for avoiding complaints from the neighbours or roommates, either in casual or professional use. Instead the effects and the vibrations of a subwoofer are limited to your own person, through your headphones and the “backpack”.
No one in the room but you actually has to hear the sounds emitted by your headphones, or feel the sensations produced through the SubPac M2. But it is by no means limited to casual and recreational listening, as it has been designed specifically to assist artists in producing their own music. Those who rely on the physical sensation of the lower ranging bass as much as the audio may very well benefit from the SubPac M2, both in its function and its design.
Feel The Bass
The speakers attach to the back with the aid of adjustable straps, and regular straps that are worn over the shoulders (just as with a regular backpack). The adjustable straps cross over the chest, as well as a pair over the back, where the speakers sit. It is made with a sleek black synthetic material that is formed with Nano silver to reduce sweat and body-odour when wearing (which is preferable for those who like to “actively” listen to music, either at raves, at home, as performers or audience members).
It has a control station attached with a cord attached to the bottom (the lower-mid back area) for headphone plug-ins. This attachment also comes with adjustable knobs to increase and decrease the volume and intensity of your listening and tactile experience, as well as a control for the alignment feature. Overall the product is light, weighing under three kilograms, and its control station has a power button, so as to avoid excessive drainage of the rechargeable battery.
It Gets Even Better
In addition to the other functions, the SubPac M2 can be plugged in directly to speakers, so that no user is any longer constrained by the limitations of the surrounding space. Due to this function, it is also available to connect with professional digital editing studios, so that it can be conducive for production purposes. It also has built-in Bluetooth input with A2DP streaming available, and its battery lasts a minimum of six hours with every charge. In addition to this, it has the capacity of 3.5 millimetre stereo sound, whether worn with or without headphones. And as mentioned before, it is very much a light and portable object for the average adult person.
The SubPac M2 gives what may be an alternative tactile experience to a seasoned bass-enthusiast, as the impact of the bass hits primarily the upper-back area when it is worn as directed (this is as opposed to the sensation one naturally receives in a club-environment with quality speakers, where the sensations are felt significantly in the chest and stomach region). However, it is not designed with the intention of being worn over the chest (though some have played around with this method of use). It costs three-hundred and forty-nine dollars on the SubPac website, which is a comparable price to that of your average subwoofer speaker.
Who Should Use The SubPac M2
The SubPac M2 is intended for professional producers and artists, streamers, video-gamers, and music (particularly bass) lovers alike. It has been developed with the intent of enhancing and enriching beyond the average or mediocre music-listening experience, flavouring it with the physical experience that normally can only be had at a club or show. Thus it can substitute the toleration of poor or lower-grade speakers. It is also created with the hope of inspiring musical artists by stimulating beyond the audio sensations alone. In fact, it is used widely by well respected producers and companies.
It has widely positive response, reported to be used by well-reputed sound creators, music producers, and various studios, from Timbaland, to Alienware. Given this, The SubPac product has in general an unmarred reputation, but whether the reader would consider it a worthwhile investment is perhaps up to their own individual experience, as it can clearly be understood that few mediums can substitute the full-personal sensation of a vibrant, quality bass.
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