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$110,000 Solid Aluminum Speakers

KEF, renowned British manufacturer of audiophile-quality speakers, has unveiled MUON, a distinctively new loudspeaker that features audio innovation and a cutting-edge, ultra-modern design. The central aim of the MUON project was to create the ultimate in sound technology and design innovation. The MUON loudspeaker is made from super-formed aluminum, which uses a similar molding process […]

Nov 05, 2008 | By Luxuo

KEF, renowned British manufacturer of audiophile-quality speakers, has unveiled MUON, a distinctively new loudspeaker that features audio innovation and a cutting-edge, ultra-modern design. The central aim of the MUON project was to create the ultimate in sound technology and design innovation.

The MUON loudspeaker is made from super-formed aluminum, which uses a similar molding process to vacuum forming. Malleable sheets of heated aluminum were used to achieve otherwise impossible shapes. The eventual form of the loudspeaker was the result of a careful convergence between Ross Lovegrove’s design aesthetics and the physics of sound. The process by which it was conceived meant that, in effect, Ross Lovegrove was sculpting the sound by ‘skinning’ the technology with purposeful form.

KEF has also used its Acoustic Compliance Enhancement technology, which enables them to effectively double the available volume through adsorption of air molecules by activated carbon, or ‘magic dust’. The two additional bass drivers mounted on the back of MUON help to produce a remarkably clean and open sound by dealing with room effects. Finally, the 6mm thick, heavily damped aluminum shell provides a totally rigid structure that minimizes any sound-distorting vibrations.

Measuring 380mm in depth, 600mm in width, 2000mm in height and finally weighing a 115kgs. these ultra-exclusive speakers took about a week’s time to achieve their desired look and shape. They will be limited in production to just 100 pairs and will be sold in only 10 cities worldwide, including New York and Los Angeles and allegedly they sell for $110,000.


 
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