Back in 2011, I shared pictures of a transparent speaker prototype that I spotted on a Swedish website. I was intrigued by the cool design. A Kickstarter campaign and several years later, I stumble across today’s version in stylish lifestyle pictures and I am still very much a fan!
It is the brainchild of Transparent Sound, a Stockholm-based audio brand driven by curiosity and a desire to question what tech products bring to people’s lives. The Transparent Speaker is built with tempered glass and a singly aluminum “uniframe”, with minimal Scandinavian aesthetic and careful attention to detail. The design was refined to the essential elements, making it a beautiful object. Actually, it is increasingly used by interior stylists from the Nordics like Emma Fischer and Lotta Agaton, among others. And I bet it’s only the beginning.
“Being Swedish, our design philosophy is very much born out of the Scandinavian simplicity and functionalism, but we believe all products that aspire to become timeless need a little spark of some kind of magic. Something that speaks directly to the gut of the beholder.” (Source)
But it is more than a stylish gadget, as the Transparent Speaker apparently delivers amazing sound quality, too. “Rich bass, clear mid range and crisp highs, our speaker aims to produce a “transparent sound”, which means to have a neutral tuning and stay true to the recording.” The speakers are also designed with durability and adaptability in mind, to easily be upgraded over time, whatever tech that might be useful in coming years, rather than being exchanged for new products – Something we don’t often see in the tech industry. Pretty nice, right?
Dimensions & weight:
- Small: 268 × 203 × 95 mm, 3kg
- Regular: 431 × 333 × 118 mm, 11kg
You can read more about the tech specs here.
“The name ’Transparent’ stands for different things: except for the unique design, the name also means a questioning of the industry within which we operate, and an attempt for a more open, honest and sustainable business model. The chosen materials and the manufacturing process of our speakers focus on being modular and repairable to make sure as few components as possible are thrown away. Lastly, Transparent Sound also refers to the fact that the speakers aim towards a correct, ‘transparent’ reproduction of a recording.”
Photos: Transparent Speakers