To paraphrase P. T. Barnum, “there’s a Bluetooth speaker born each minute.” At no time of yr is that extra true than at CES in Las Vegas, the place they’re bountiful past perception. However only a few — nay, just one that I discovered — are fabricated from concrete. And it’s French!

The audio system instantly attracted my consideration due to their simplicity and naturally materials. I’m typically repelled, like water, from the plastic and silicone that the majority audio system are made out of as of late. If it’s going to be seen in my home, shouldn’t it’s wooden or ceramic or metal? (That’s why I like Joey Roth’s stuff a lot.)

And why not concrete? It’s hard-wearing, cool-looking, tactile — and, like ceramic, really has good qualities so far as utilizing it for audio functions. Or so the sincere of us at Le Pavé Parisien inform me.

The speaker itself is single-channel, that means it can combine down your music to mono (like many such audio system), however you possibly can simply daisy chain a pair collectively for stereo or wire a bunch for a concrete wall of sound like that they had on show.

I gained’t speculate on the audio high quality (it was extraordinarily loud within the corridor), however they’re advertising and marketing it as a high-end gadget, so it’s in all probability not unhealthy. Though 60-20,000 Hz means you’ll miss out on the low finish considerably, that’s form of anticipated with small audio system.

One of many firm’s engineers, Aurelien Bertini, defined that concrete is definitely additionally extra eco-friendly, as it may be recycled by being pounded into mud and recast. Sounds labor-intensive, however that’s how recycling is.

Bertini famous that concrete can also simply be custom-made — laser etched, dyed, and many others. The magnetic grilles on the entrance are simply swapped out as effectively. They’re actually not as heavy as they appear, both: about three kilos. It’s largely air in there.

Extra importantly, the gadget is designed to be repaired; you pop the grille off and there are solely 4 screws holding the center in; take it out, change a bit, match one thing again in place that fell off, that form of factor.

You’ll need to restore yours, too, since Le Pavé Parisien is at present promoting for $400, fairly increased than the common Bluetooth speaker. In the event you merely should have them, they’re on sale now (following a profitable current crowdfunding marketing campaign) and anticipated to ship subsequent month.

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