New Product: Kohler StereoStik

Kohler Stereostik

KOHLER StereoStik

While people of good faith will forever debate whether reading materials should occupy a bathroom, there can be no logical argument about the manifest virtues of listening to music or the spoken word while in the bathroom.

Short of installing a whole-house system with recessed speakers, there are few elegant ways of achieving this modest goal.

Kohler, of all companies, has an answer. It’s the StereoStik ($227), a digital-tuning FM/AM radio and clock/alarm that amplifies music from your MP3 player.

It probably should be StereoStiks, plural, as it’s a two-piece device that bolts onto either side of a 26″ x 36″ x 4 5/8-inch wall-mounted medicine cabinet.

One aluminum-and-polymer ‘stik’ is part controller, part speaker; the other is 100% speaker. Both are connected by a wire that you would run over the top or under the bottom of the cabinet.

The StereoStik runs on 4 “C” batteries, or you can buy an AC adapter. Kohler gives you an auxiliary cable to connect your MP3 player to the StereoStik’s speakers.

Kohler StereoStik Detail

KOHLER StereoStik Medicine Cabinet Audio Add-On (Photos: KOHLER)

I haven’t gotten one yet, but based on the specs, it looks like the StereoStik won’t have the audio fidelity of your boombox, but it will sound fuller than the shower radio (which is not hard to imagine). Kohler says the StereoStik is to be mounted on the sides of medicine cabinets; I could just as easily see them affixed to a wall.

Soon you might wonder why you put up with that dusty boombox blocking the bathroom door for so long.

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