The Master & Dynamic MA770 is a wireless speaker which offers striking design and... well, it's made of concrete.
First came speakers, then came speakers that looked like rocks, then came speakers that were made of rocks (well, concrete). The Master & Dynamic MA770 is a wireless speaker that offers both striking design and up-to-date features.
The MA770 is the company's first speaker and, like the meticulously-crafted headphones, it went overboard in every way it could.
The speaker has credentials that's for sure -- it was developed by the designer of the new National Museum of African History in Culture in Washington D.C, Sir David Adjaye.
The speaker consists of dual 4-inch Kevlar woofers paired with a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter. It's housed in a proprietary concrete composite that offers "increased dampening, reduced resonance, and a purer sound". It gives new meaning to the term "musique concrète".
Though it's only about a foot tall, that concrete sure adds to the MA770's weight at 16kg, or 35 pounds.
The speaker is powered by 100 Watts of Class D amplification and it can be used as a single unit, paired with another for stereo or join a multi-room setup.
That's right, the MA770 offers both Bluetooth and Wi-fi connectivity with Chromecast built-in. While most competitors, such as Raumfeld, added Chromecast after the fact the M&D seems to be designed with Google's streaming protocol in mind. It also offers a 3.5mm auxiliary and an optical input.
But innovation doesn't come cheap, at $1,800 or £1,600 the MA770 is deserving of its new place on our list of "best and craziest high-end wireless speakers". The Master & Dynamic is available for preorder from the company's website now and ships in May 2017.