by Leo Jakobson | December 05, 2017

Como Audio, the latest company by pioneering audio designer Tom DeVesto, the creator of both Cambridge SoundWorks and Tivoli Audio, has a new line of portable and compact yet powerful high-fidelity music system next month.

The two new systems are the Amico, a portable mono model, and the Musica, a stereo system that adds a CD player and some other upgrades to the company's original Duetto system. Both pair amazing sound quality with Internet radio and streaming music, elegant design, and ease of use. And both the Amico and Musica can be linked to each other or in combination with the earlier Solo and Duetto music systems via Como's Whole House Control. This allows the user to sync several units together so they can be controlled by the Como smartphone app to either play the same music or tunes from separate sources at the same time.

Both can stream your music collection from a smartphone, tablet, or computer via high-quality Bluetooth with aptX, as well as Internet radio, Spotify Connect, and FM radio with RDS information which can provide song, artist, and radio station information. All Como music systems pair with mobile devices using NFC, which is easier then Bluetooth pairing.

The core of the Amico and Musica systems are either one or two sets of custom 4-layer voice coil woofers, and three-quarter-inch soft dome tweeters. They have Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) for improved sound quality. Amico's rear-facing bass port was designed to double as a hidden handle

First and foremost, the Amico is a high-fidelity sound system, DeVesto says. After that, it is a portable system with teak veneer over one-half-inch thick marine grade plywood for sturdiness and especially sound quality. 

Weighing 3.6 pound in a package 9.4 inches high, five inches deep and 4.9 inches wide, the Amico's Li-Ion rechargeable battery is good for eight hours of music at a loud volume, says DeVesto. 

"Amico is small on size and big on advanced technology," DeVesto adds. "It was designed to not only make it easy to access all of your music content with the press of a button, but to listen to great sounding music wherever you go."

Other features include a 2.8-inch color screen, six preset channel buttons, and adjustable EQ. It is compatible with the firm's matching Ambiente speaker, which brings stereo sound to the Amico.

The wired Musica is a stereo system with audio guts that largely match the Amico, but doubled. And, it adds a CD player for audiophiles that want that sound quality. It's LCD screen is larger at 3.2 inches, has eight programmable preset buttons, and it has an alarm clock feature. It is nearly 16 inches wide, 6.5 inches deep and 5.6 inches high. Music comes with either walnut or hickory veneer, or a black or white piano-grade lacquer.

The company can customize both models in a variety of ways for corporate customers.