High quality speakers that are often used to bring booming audio that accompanies music, movies and video games have long been something of a hassle to work in with existing decor. Well, a Swedish design company known as People People
has come to throw those days to the wind with a speaker that is mainly see-through.
According to Mashable
, the aptly titled Transparent Speaker dons two three-inch drivers and a subwoofer measuring 6.5 inches. An aluminum control panel holds the knobs that give owners control over all of them.
What's more, the speaker also has a USB port so users can bring high quality sound to their abodes via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The product is constructed from tempered glass and aluminum, says Wired
“We’re trying to make a timeless design in a way,” said designer and company founder, Per Brickstad. “We’re simplifying it so much, taking away anything unnecessary. We’re emphasizing what we think is really important, which is people’s music.”
The speaker's back "toaster slot" allows users to put in an Airport Express
(sold separately) and play media via Wi-Fi with Apple's Airplay. Brickstad pointed out that since he wanted his company's product to last a long time, the speakers are not only recyclable, but modular too, so owners can replace only parts that are out of date without the hassle of buying an entire new speaker.
Even so, the price tag of a Transparent Speaker
does not come cheap. The "early-bird kit" of the speaker (which you assemble yourself), will set you back 360 dollars. The fully assembled version will cost 460 bucks.