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Ora case puts eight speakers around your iPad

If you're dissatisfied with the audio quality of your iPad's speakers like so many others, you'll be happy to hear about Ora, a new accessory hitting Kickstarter today. Ora is an iPad case for audiophiles, complete with its own 10-hour power supply, data pass-through, and a reversible cover that doubles as a stand, much like Apple's Smart Covers. Eight speaksers built into the frame provide front-facing, finely-tuned audio output from the device while still sticking close to the original design aesthetic. The iPad is installed thanks to some quarter-friendly screws on the back, which should keep it nice and secure. On the downside, the Ora is built with 30-pin iPads in mind, so only second- and third-gen models. 

Ora's Kickstarter campaign is offering a bunch of different models to backers, starting at $99 as an early bird special, going all the way up to the exclusive premium $199 model. The question is, is audio a big enough deal for you to warrant the added bulk, or would you need to be able to tap the Ora's power supply as back-up for the iPad for it to be worthwhile? What's your preferred solution for iPad audio while on the move? Who's backing?

 

Simon Sage

Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.

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Looks really cool to me. Might add a lot of bulk to the mini though. But prob will be for the full sized iPad anyway.

Its cool but damn, it's huge.

The audio on the iPad is my really only complaint. Sometimes I'll hold my hand on the edge so I can hear Netflix better. I'd like to see Apple really innovate the design & figure out how to point the audio forward instead of backwards (which seems to counter productive to me).