It’s a difficult proposition these days to come up with a Bluetooth speaker design that we haven’t seen before. Turns out Utopia, a one-off shop in Hungaria, has put together one of the most unique audio systems that we’ve ever seen. Constructed from concrete, this modern piece is as much furniture as it is a smartphone accessory.
Aside from using a special concrete that is “ten times stronger” than traditional materials, there are a number of other special features on this Bluetooth speaker that are worth checking out.
Marketed as a one-of-a-kind speaker, Utopia plans on bucking the trend of plastic Bluetooth speakers currently flooding the market. Each handmade unit to roll off the assembly line has a nearly inch-thick concrete casing that holds dual 75mm drivers that pump out 60W of total power.
But let’s face it, you’re here for the design first and foremost. Utopia is available in three different color schemes for its Indiegogo campaign. Pigeon grey is lighter than the rest with a smooth finish, while Graphite is darker and rougher all around. Finally, a limited edition Milky Way steals the show with a range of light and dark colors that swirl about. One of the main reasons that Utopia chose concrete was its limited risk for deterioration over time. Unlike wood or plastic, the risk of rattling parts or pieces is limited in comparison, according to the manufacturer.
Aside from the 75mm paper cone drivers, there is a 50Hz rear-facing bass-reflex port that Utopia says will provide some serious bump in partnership with the concrete design. Bluetooth 4.0 aptX provides access to high resolution audio files, but there is also a 3.5mm input if you prefer that method of connectivity.
Not that it would be easy to move, but Utopia does not ship with a built-in battery. So you’re going to be pretty well stuck next to an outlet here. But with this design, it’s as much about the looks as anything else.
Utopia is available right now on Indiegogo for the Super-Early Bird price of $299, which is 50% off the final retail price. You can upgrade from Pigeon gray to Graphite for $359, or jump up to $399 and the Milky Way design at $399. Utopia launched its Indiegogo campaign this morning and has raised 32% of it initial goal. If all goes to plan, shipping will begin next month.
There’s no denying that you will end up paying a premium for Utopia. But in a world where plastic dominates the smartphone accessory market, going to the next level is going to cost you some extra coin.