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CataCombo system brings music to the grave

The Swedish company Pause has introduced a specially designed coffin that will keep the music playing long after you've lost the ability to listen.

March 06, 2013|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • The CataCombo sound system is a specially designed coffin that keeps the music playing long after you're around to hear it.
The CataCombo sound system is a specially designed coffin that keeps the… (Pause )

We all have those timeless songs that have provided the soundtrack to our lives. Those albums that are worn out and ragged that we’ve carried over into the digital world.

But like everything the human spirit loves and cherishes, one day it’ll be physically left behind when we join the great unknown.

There’s one Swedish company, however, that is ensuring we can take those prized tunes with us through eternity (the Swedes really do think of everything).

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Pause, a Swedish-based retailer of sleek stereo equipment, has rolled out a new product that audiophiles will just want to die for: the CataCombo sound system.

In layman's terms, it's a specially designed coffin that will keep the music playing long after you’ve lost the ability to listen.

So how does it work?

While you’re still breathing air you can create a playlist online with an app that’s connected to another brilliant Swedish import, Spotify. It can remain private or you can allow the friends and family who outlive you to add tracks and keep it up to date.

Just think, it’ll be great when your teenage kids want to pay tribute you by playing you the latest emo song that  Taylor Swift has conjured up.

The songs from your eternal playlist are housed in a CataTomb, a stylish tombstone equipped with a 4G-connection,  a 2.5 GHz Intel core processor and a 7-inch LCD screen to show mourners that you can still party rock.

Of course, the focal point is the CataCoffin. The advert for the system promises “godlike comfort and heavenly sound,” but your final resting place is souped up with a pair of two-way speakers, tweeters with external cooling and an 8-inch subwoofer -- all fine-tuned to the coffin’s “unique interior acoustic space.”

Pause Chief Exectuive Fredrik Hjelmquist is the proud owner of the first coffin. He’s alive and well, but he’s allowed the public to add to his afterlife soundtrack.

As of press time, Hjelmquist's eternal playlist boasted 767 songs. Wait, make that 768. Couldn’t resist adding “Crazy in Love,” because everyone needs a bootylicious Beyoncé anthem in the other realm.

Hey, its much better than having to listen to “Gangham Style” in the afterlife -- actually, someone was cruel enough to add it to Hjelmquist's list, alongside other tunes by Limp Bizkit, LMFAO and Let us pray our friends are kinder.

The CataCombo sound system retails for the heart-stopping price of $30,573.48, but expect some inflation by the time it's your turn to go.

Gerrick Kennedy

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