By Andrew Liszewski
If form outranks function when it comes to choosing a pair of speakers for your home or office, you’ll want to do yourself a favor and check out The Natural Speaker from studio Joon & Jung. (The same designers who brought us the Paper Alarm Clock.) But just because they’re made from less common speaker components like porcelain and wooden dowels doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sacrificing a lot, if anything, when it comes to sound quality. In fact, apparently the use of porcelain for the speaker casing results in a more mellow sound with clearer resonance.
The idea for the ‘the natural speaker’ derived from the desire to create an absolutely unique, handcrafted speaker for the interior space. Whereas a lot of speakers are constructed to produce a rather fat bass and sharp high tones, we felt the sound was kind of stuck inside the speakers, missing a natural vibe and ambiance. During the development of the ‘the natural speaker’ we discovered the great properties of porcelain as a speaker casing, providing a clear resonance and mellow sound.
Amplified inside the ceramic and wood transmission construction, the sound gains a slight echo, creating a natural feeling of resonance, resembling the distinct flair of an acoustic instrument right in front of you.
And since they each appear to be hand made, The Natural Speakers will only be available in a limited run starting sometime last month, and presumably not cheap.