Last year New York-based Master & Dynamic announced their MA770 Bluetooth speaker. What made this speaker different was the material it was made from, concrete. The company has now partnered with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye once again to produce a black MA770. The speaker is made up of Master & Dynamic’s own proprietary concrete and weighs 35lbs. It also costs $1800USD which is not cheap at all.
I had the chance to actually listen to and touch the speaker at CES 2017. Not only is this speaker absolutely beautiful but the sound is absolutely amazing. We’ve yet to actually get a chance to test one out long-term but we’re hoping Master & Dynamic might make that happen.
Made of a proprietary concrete composite – the first of its kind – the piece has a rich, sculptural quality, with a robust, tactile heft that is delicately balanced with gentle, sculptural curves. The design’s distinctive geometry follows directly from functional considerations, with intimate detailing elevating the form to a truly unique, state-of-the-art piece. Fittingly, Master & Dynamic and Sir David Adjaye have chosen the MoMA Design Store to be the speaker’s U.S. launch partner.
“This speaker is not about the traditional idea of making boxes, but about a directional form. I became fascinated with the idea of using triangles to break down the mass of the box, and to see if we could dissolve the sense of volume through sculptural detail,” said Adjaye. “We created a new geometry for this speaker. A new geometry of sound.”
The new concrete – the result of Master & Dynamic and Adjaye’s shared passion for innovation with a variety of materials – provides a number of acoustic benefits such as increased dampening, reduced resonance from the enclosure, a purer sound and added durability. The dampening properties of the concrete are so impressive – five times better than wood and ten times better than plastic – that the speaker can be placed just inches away from a turntable and play at full volume without causing the record to skip.
“As the industry ebbs towards smaller and more disposable pieces, we continue to defy convention,” said Master & Dynamic’s Founder and CEO Jonathan Levine. “The MA770 reinforces scale and prominence. Its luxurious design and use of premium materials further enhance its beauty.”
I’ll admit that this is a niche product but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cool. For those crazy enough or rich enough to spend this much on a Bluetooth speaker, I salute you. You can find the MA770 and the rest of M&D’s collection on their website.