Transparent Sound aims for longevity with upgradeable see-through speaker

Clearly a speaker worth investigating

by Andy Bassett

Swedish audio firm Transparent Sound has produced a speaker that stands out on two fronts. The see-through cabinet is visually arresting, and the speaker assembly is designed with a long life in mind through the use of future upgrades.

The on-the-nose naming of The Small Transparent Speaker follows in the footsteps of its older, larger sibling, the Transparent Speaker - clearly, the company’s efforts went into design and technology rather than endless focus groups about the name, in keeping with Transparents Sound’s Kickstarter origins, really.

The wireless Small Transparent Speaker is powered by Class D amplification that drives the two 3-inch drivers with 15 watts each. The construction is from a single ‘uni-frame’ piece of aluminium with tempered glass panels and to retain the unit’s out-of-the-box pristine appearance, the company provides two white cotton gloves for handling the speaker.
Using the built-in Bluetooth, two of these speakers can be paired using True Wireless Pairing to achieve true stereo left and right channels.

Using what Transparent Sound calls a ‘closed loop system’ the idea is that components can be swapped and upgraded as technology advances, thus avoiding having to replace the entire speaker, something that more music fans may find appealing in an effort to create less electronic waste.

Wireless audio upgrades are possible using the so-called ‘toaster slot’ which is a compartment designed to enclose a streaming device such as an Amazon Echo or Google Chromecast and use it over Wi-Fi as an input for the Transparent Speaker. It can also be used with a Sonos setup using a Sonos Connect or AMP Hub but this is too large to be slotted into the compartment.

Designed to be as much an interior object as a great sounding piece of technology, the Transparent Speaker can be placed on a table or shelf or wall mounted using the supplied bracket.

The Small Transparent Speaker is currently available for £450 in white, while the larger Transparent Speaker is finished in black and is available for £900. Both are available from the Transparent Sound website.

Does the eye-catching look plus upgradeable nature of the speaker look interesting enough for you to investigate? Let us know in the thread if you’re tempted.

Source: www.channelnews.au, www.shortlist.com
Image Source: Transparent Sound
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