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Master & Dynamic Unveils the MA770, a Concrete Speaker

April 18, 2017

Looking for a new speaker system for your home that will also serve as a conversation piece? Say hello to the $1,800 MA770 from one of AppAdvice’s favorite audio product companies, Master & Dynamic.

Designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, this immersive speaker is made of a proprietary concrete composite. Yes, concrete, which Master & Dynamic says provides acoustic benefits such as increased dampening, reduced resonance, and a purer sound.

Just how dampening are the properties? They’re so high that the speaker can play at full volume without causing a record to skip or the table and floor to vibrate.

The MA770 speaker includes dual 4-inch woven Kevlar long throw woofers, a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter powered by 100 watts of Class D amplification, and diamond-cut anodized aluminum controls.

Weighing around 35 pounds, the MA770 may be used as a single stereo unit or paired with another speaker via Wi-Fi. With Google Chromecast built-in, the MA770 offers multi-room audio. A magnetically attached steel grille is removable to expose the components and hand-finished concrete.

Highlights and features include:

  • Measurements – 410mm x 510mm x 245mm, 16kg
  • Wireless Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 with BLE
  • Connectivity – Chromecast built-in, Bluetooth 4.1 with BLE, 3.5mm Auxiliary Analog, TOSLINK Optical Audio
  • Streaming Services – Chromecast enabled applications including Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, Soundcloud, Deezer, and more

According to Adjaye, the architect behind Washington D.C.’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture:

This speaker is not about the traditional idea of making boxes, but about a directional form. We created a new geometry for this speaker. A new geometry of sound.

As Jonathan Levine, Master & Dynamic Founder and CEO, explains:

As the industry ebbs towards smaller and more disposable pieces, we continue to defy convention. The MA770 reinforces scale and prominence. Its luxurious design and use of premium materials further enhance its beauty.

You can preorder the MA770 through the Master & Dynamic website beginning today, April 18. You’ll be able to purchase one at the MoMA Design Store beginning on Tuesday, April 25.

We’ll be taking an in-depth look at the MA770 in the coming weeks and hope to publish a review early this summer.

In the meantime, what do you think of using concrete for the development of a speaker? Leave your comments below.

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