So some guys are sitting around their gas stove one day thinking, “You know what this fire needs? Some crackle!” Then some down-home American ingenuity kicked in, and they probably sank their life savings into a company to bring us the Cracklebox — a digital recording of “real country fires in southwest Virginia” contained in a tiny box. According to the Kracklebox site “What Kracklebox provides, in a word, is realism.”
The Kracklebox is roughly 2″ x 5″ and contains an internal speaker as well as an RCA out jack to connect to your home theater for a “total room acoustic experience.” Sadly, the Cracklebox doesn’t offer surround sound. Hell, it’s not even in stereo! It does, however, include tone and volume controls to fine tune the device for the perfect acoustic mood.
The manufacturer claims it was, in fact, “developed in cooperation with a major U.S. university.” Maybe the company’s engineers went to a kegger or something.
It runs off either a single 9V battery or the included power supply. And street price runs an incredibly $50. But can you really put a price on “realism?”