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Local man invents ‘speaker on a stick’

Rick Martin and his speaker. - Cynthia Woolbright
Rick Martin and his speaker.
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Rick Martin, a 25-year resident of Clinton, has assembled a solution for anyone who’s ever found it hard to hear the television.

He calls it “speaker on a stick.”

The technology is exactly what its name implies — a 15-watt amplified speaker on a stand.

Martin came up with the idea for his audio invention after spending some time watching television with his mother, Betty.

“Mom couldn’t hear the television unless it was loud enough to drive everyone from the room,” Martin said.

Martin used his long-time interest in tinkering with audio equipment to put together his contraption. He took an old speaker from a hi-fi system, placed it on an audio stand he already had and, voilá.

“The TV’s now at a normal volume and Mom can hear it better than ever,” Martin said.

Martin has already produced five of the speakers on a stick, which he now assembles from small speakers and other parts he orders through audio suppliers.

“They’re getting pretty popular in the neighborhood and now I’m hoping to expand operations,” he said.

The parts cost $115. He’s selling the speakers on a stick to people for $200.

For more information about the “speaker on a stick” call Martin at 730-6716.

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