MASTER & DYNAMIC’S NOT SO PORTABLE WIRELESS SPEAKER
Master & Dynamic, the New York City premium audio brand that has established themselves with a name for style, luxury and good sound has partnered with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye with a break-through product for the home audio market.
The recently knighted Sir David Adjaye is known globally as the architect behind Washington D.C.’s new Smithsonian museum – The National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The MA770 is a wireless speaker, but you won't be taking this one to the beach. Made of a proprietary concrete composite, said to be the first of its kind, it measures 410mm x 510mm x 245mm and weighs 16kgs.
Master & Dynamic say that the concrete composite material provides a number of acoustic benefits including 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 you would expect from Master & Dynamic, the MA770 has a rich, sculptural quality, with a robust, tactile heft that is delicately balanced with gentle, sculptural curves.
Sir David Adjaye said:
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. We created a new geometry for this speaker. A new geometry of sound.
The MA770 features dual 4” woven kevlar long throw woofers, a 1.5" titanium tweeter powered by 100 watts of Class D amplification and diamond-cut anodised aluminum controls. A magnetically attached etched stainless steel grille serves to protect the speaker’s componentry. The elegant grille is removable for those that prefer the chic look of the hand-finished speaker and its exposed componentry.
It can be used as a single stereo unit or paired with another MA770 via Wi-Fi to provide a larger stereo image. With Chromecast built-in, the MA770 is said to "provide multi-room audio" and that "it is the first speaker to use this technology for stereo pairing", however we're pretty sure there are a number of Chromecast and WiFi enabled multi-room capable speakers on the market already.
One thing for sure is that Master & Dynamic have achieved great success with all their products to date. No doubt the MA770 will be no different when it launches at the end of April this year with an expected $1800 USD price tag.
For more information visit the Master & Dynamic brand page.
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