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Master & Dynamic's first wireless speaker remixes concrete for better sound

Master & Dynamic's first wirel...
Master and Dynamic has unveiled its first speaker, the MA770, an industrial-chic concrete block
Master and Dynamic has unveiled its first speaker, the MA770, an industrial-chic concrete block
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The MA770 is Master and Dynamic's first foray into wireless speakers
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The MA770 is Master and Dynamic's first foray into wireless speakers
Master and Dynamic has unveiled its first speaker, the MA770, an industrial-chic concrete block
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Master and Dynamic has unveiled its first speaker, the MA770, an industrial-chic concrete block
The MA770 can connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and receive input from Chromecast-enabled apps like Spotify and Pandora
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The MA770 can connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and receive input from Chromecast-enabled apps like Spotify and Pandora
The MA770's stainless steel grille is magnetic, meaning it can be easily removed if you prefer the industrial, concrete-and-exposed-components look
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The MA770's stainless steel grille is magnetic, meaning it can be easily removed if you prefer the industrial, concrete-and-exposed-components look
The MA770 can connect to input sources through auxiliary and optical ports in the back
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The MA770 can connect to input sources through auxiliary and optical ports in the back
The MA770 delivers sound through two 4-inch woven Kevlar long-throw woofers, and a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter
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The MA770 delivers sound through two 4-inch woven Kevlar long-throw woofers, and a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter
Master and Dynamic says the MA770 is made from a proprietary concrete composite, designed for superior acoustics
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Master and Dynamic says the MA770 is made from a proprietary concrete composite, designed for superior acoustics
An aluminum control panel runs along the bottom of the MA770
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An aluminum control panel runs along the bottom of the MA770
The MA770 will cost US$1,800 and should be available by May 16
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The MA770 will cost US$1,800 and should be available by May 16
The concrete material means the MA770 only comes in gray, and it weighs 16 kg (35 lb)
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The concrete material means the MA770 only comes in gray, and it weighs 16 kg (35 lb)
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Concrete might seem like an odd material to make speakers out of, but it's not unheard of: Israeli artist Shmuel Linski exposed his concrete speakers a few years ago, and Digital Habits plonked down the PACO soon after. Now, for its first foray into the world of wireless speakers, Master and Dynamic is launching the MA770, an industrial-chic concrete block with supposedly superior acoustics and a range of input options.

Normally known for making earphones and headphones with premium sound and build quality (not to mention price), Master and Dynamic's debut speaker isn't just made of any old concrete: according to the company, it uses a special proprietary blend designed to improve the acoustics of the unit. That unusual material limits the color choice to a single option – gray – and obviously means the MA770 will be pretty heavy for a speaker, tipping the scales at 16 kg (35 lb).

The MA770 delivers sound through two 4-inch woven Kevlar long-throw woofers, and a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter
The MA770 delivers sound through two 4-inch woven Kevlar long-throw woofers, and a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter

Bass blasts from a pair of 4-inch woven Kevlar long-throw woofers, while a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter hits the higher notes. Those are tucked away behind a stainless steel grille, but magnets make that removable if you prefer the industrial concrete-and-exposed-component look. An aluminum control panel runs along the bottom.

Input can come from 3.5 mm auxiliary analog and TOSLINK optical ports in the back, or wirelessly over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The latter allows the MA770 to connect to Chromecast-enabled apps, so music can come straight from Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, Soundcloud, Deezer and Google Play, among others.

Master and Dynamic is currently taking preorders for the MA770, which carries a hefty price tag of US$1,800. That includes the speaker itself, a magnetic grille, a cloth cover and a 2 m (0.66 ft) power cable, and the company says customers should expect it to arrive at their door by May 16.

Source: Master and Dynamic

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Whatever happened to stereo?
BartyLobethal
Stereo? Don't see anything to say you can't use a pair of them.