Master & Dynamic is a relatively young audio company, but they’ve found a niche for themselves in premium audio. They don’t shy away from using leather and plenty of metal when designing their headphones, and now they’re making the jump into speakers. The new MA770 wireless speaker takes their industrial design to a new level with a speaker made of concrete.
If you’re into architecture, the name Sir David Adjaye may ring a bell. He’s an extremely accomplished architect that took a break from designing buildings like the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C and the Latvian Museum of Modern Art to design something small, but powerful. Unlike other home speakers that use plastic and in some cases metal, the body of this speaker is made of proprietary concrete. Measuring 16 x 20 x 10-inches and weighing in at 35 lbs, this speaker is as solid as it looks. The metal grille on the front is magnetic and can be easily taken off and cleaned should you need to, and four buttons along the bottom let you pause or play music, adjust the volume, and switch between sources.
But it’s not just a statement piece for the Museum of Modern Art (because oh yeah by the way, it’s being sold at the MoMA), it’s really an easy to use speaker for the home. It has dual 4” kevlar woofers and a 1 ½” titanium tweeter that can pump out sound at high volumes without rattling the table underneath (thanks to its concrete construction).
Playing music is also dead simple since it has Chromecast built-in. You can stream directly from your phone and even from within the Spotify app as long as you’re connected to the same wireless network. If you have a giant event coming (or just really like loud music) you can pair two of these up for stereo sound. That said you can still pair via Bluetooth 4.0 and you’ll also find a 3.5mm input and optical input on the back, which should cover all of your bases.
Of course, something like this is as much a work of art as it is a speaker. And art doesn’t come cheap (Boy with a Pipe sold for $104 million). The MA770 will cost $1,800 per unit and can be pre-ordered today via the Master & Dynamic website, and on April 28th at the MoMA.