Concrete speakers

Shmuel Linski is an independent product and graphic designer living in Israel, and seems to have a penchant for making artistic pieces out of concrete. The picture above (click to see the full pic) is a speaker that he’s designed that uses concrete as the cabinet.

The Driver, which is located in the top part of the speaker, moves the air through a pipe (96cm long) and into a horn shaped mouth in the bottom of the speaker. The weight (56kg) of course would make the speakers very solid, and also creates a pretty unique speaker that would be perfect for someone trying to make a statement in their home.

We often encounter plastic, wood, leather and other basic materials in our homes, but we encounter concrete as a ‘hidden’ material which is covered by layers of plaster and paint. In my work I tried to give, in addition to great aesthetics, practical reasons for using concrete as a main material in a product. When concrete meets sound, it might distort the sound, because the concrete is very stiff (usually speakers are made of wood or MDF). The speakers might therefore sound strange.

“May sound strange”, indeed … but very, very cool. ┬áHere are some photos documenting the “making of”, click to see full images:

One Response to Concrete speakers
  1. James

    Concrete is actually a superior (if impractical) material to construct speakers from. It won’t sound ‘strange’ at all, ‘flex’ in the panels of a speaker cabinet is an entirely undesirable effect, and any well-made cabinet is extensively braced internally. Some are made of 20mm MDF to increase stiffness.

    However the speaker will sound strange if the driver is not a coaxial type with a low-pass filter before the woofer. The 90 degree bends in the horn will introduce distortion to any non-bass frequencies, and cancellations will occur outside the narrow band where the output of the horn is in phase with the front of the driver.