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Transparent Speaker

Transparent Speaker

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Can A Speaker Fit Home And Lifestyle?

This was the original question People People began to examine in our Lab work; a regular slot in our working schedule that we use to explore problems and innovate solutions.

What began to take shape was Transparent Speaker, a loose evolution of a project one of our designers showed for his degree back in 2007. Stripped of all but the most essential functions, made sustainably and harnessing tech where needed, Transparent Speaker is a distillation of the things we feel make a speaker fit with our lives.

Designed to fit homes

Born On The Internet

On the 11th of November 2011, we posted the Transparent Speaker on our blog; as we do with many Lab concepts. A moderately provocative post highlighting issues of sustainability in product design and the downsides of planned obsolescence (of which there are many).

It got a few comments, as our blog posts often do and then, a week later, without warning, everything went a bit crazy. Comments came in thick and fast, emails started flowing, the hits on the post went through the roof at a rate of tens of thousands… The concept had, it seemed, hit a collective nerve.

First version that went viral

Crowdfunded On Kickstarter

The general consensus was that, if we Kickstarted Transparent Speaker, people would support it. We’re people-driven so we did just that in late 2012.

Having that tangible connection with our supporters was, for us as designers, a vital medium and validation of our approach as a studio. Plus it was also a way to interact with, and respond to, a large number of real people across the world, living varied existences, and carrying differing aspirations.

Crowdfunding’s active community also lifted the development of the speaker to a whole new level in terms of research, detail and sustainability.

Towards A New Industrial Revolution

Buying Transparent Speaker is a conscious act of living more sustainably. You’re investing in a future proof product that we’ve specifically designed, from the ground up, to minimise the impact of products on us, our environment and that of those involved in its production.

Virtually every part can be replaced (and we’ve even given you a little tool to help), and the old parts recycled. And we’re engaged in a constant dialogue with our suppliers and manufacturers to help them operate in a more ecological and socially-responsible manner.

Reassembly instructions from the user manual

Crystal Clear Audio

The idea of having everything transparent is a functional as well as an aesthetic design thought. It’s a way of showing our love for quality materials, manufacturing and technology.

Enlisting the help of audio technicians early on, we’ve aimed for an acoustic state of playback called Transparent Acoustics, where nothing gets in the way of the act of listening. Music as it was intended to be experienced.

We want you to be able to see everything as it works, each pulsation of bass from the woofer, the tinkelings of the drivers, enjoy the satisfaction from the torsion drag on its knobs and that click of the power rocker switch.

Sound checking an early prototype at the factoty

People Products Community

For us it’s always been people first. And as our journey from a rendering to physical product shipping to all corners of the globe reaches its natural end, we’re happy that Transparent Speaker is continuing to entrance its owners.

Transparent Speaker has nurtured a community of socially-engaged souls who still reach out to us via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. They’re helping others who may be nervy about using our tool to have a poke about, giving tips on streaming performance, even posting clips of their subwoofers pulsing. We’re also privileged to share in the first songs played when they unbox Transparent Speaker.

You should get one too 😉



  • henrik

    lovely, let me know when it kickstarts!

  • mylex

    Great. Keep us updated!

  • Johan

    This is a dumb idea sell a speaker without the box. Then have people try to find a glass supplier. Then when they try to put it together they cut themselves badly. Not to mention the fact that this will never work well as a speaker.

    • Hi Johan, apologies for the late reaction, but I just wanted to say the speaker comes as a fully assembled product as well. Also, it really sounds great.

      • Daniel

        love your speakers

    • Daniel

      just so you know, i´ve tried them, they are amazing

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  • fs

    “A heavy TV on top of a vintage cupboard or an endless stack of cables on a *custom* made Italian parquet floor just doesn’t go hand in hand.”

  • Jasper

    there’s a good reason why speaker cabinets are made of wood…

    • Hi Jasper, I actually think we might have some acoustical advantages from using glass. Check out this review:

    • David

      No reason at all
      Other materials were difficult to handle decades ago. Is not uncommon to find designer speakers made of glass, steel pipes, concrete or cardboard ( MDF ). If the acoustical/mechanical behavior of the enclosure material is known, it can be fine tuned to achieve great performance.

    • David Tucker

      Glass is a very good material to make a speaker box from, as the acoustics are incredible, this is reflected in the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III system. Its made completely from blown glass.

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  • Abrikosmanden

    Glass speakers have previousle been proved to work well if designed properly. I can’t wait to see the production version of this!

  • I think it would sound alright if you stuffed a piece of foam inside, but it would ruin the transparent look. An empty box, regardless of what it’s made of, tends to make a poor speaker cabinet. You need to dampen the resonance of the air inside or you start to get interference. Beyond that, people use wood for a couple of reasons: it’s cheap, and it also has sound dampening properties.

  • phil

    100 years of efficient speakerbox research down the drain.

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  • smartiesmart

    I will get the DIY kit rightaway once it ships.

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  • Its called a window.

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  • Sean

    Is there a demo version of the speaker in London uk. I would really like to buy this speaker but would like to listen to it in action. Would you also provide drawings for the cuts on the glass
    Thank you in advance

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  • Those wingnuts look real beautiful…NOT!!!
    Silly idea and nothing new either.. best that can be said it that it’s a good use of a discarded fishtank

  • Henrik Hoffman

    Sjukt snygga!

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  • pia

    Don’t you think it’s time for an update about the delivery date for the transparent speaker for the people who are backing on kickstarter?!!
    It ist almost mid of June and you leave Emails questioning about the delivery date unanswered. I really support your project, but this starts to get annoying!

    • Luke

      I agree!

  • Jonas Stensved

    This thread need a positive spark. I think it’s amazing. Great job, can’t wait to both see it and hear it!

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  • thegibbon

    Meh.. it will suffer from serious resonance issuses,,, there is good reason why they use sound treatment in side speakers to prevent thus from happening. Also the wires looks really messy not great design considering you are a design agency… It looks pretty tho… does it come with fish option??

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  • ed

    can u access to it from above?

  • mijael seidel

    I preordered my Transparent Speaker back in June 2013, and never got the product, got lied about release dates in September because of “production issues” and that’s why I patiently kept waiting for this “Upcoming revolutionary product”…then they stopped answering my emails and never got a shipment notice or any answers to my requests after October. Now I can’t complain w Paypal or ask for a refund because my controversy exceeds the grace period between the time of purchase and my official complain (45 days). This is nothing but a F*****g scam!

  • Pronati Biswas

    Hi I am from India and I write blogs .. I find the transparent speakers very cool & elegant at the same time. I really appreciate the idea. There are few technical things that I would like to know. First- are they active speakers? Second- What if I want to add more speakers to it? Third- The type of speaker encloser is- acoustic suspension(without port) or bass reflex(with port)? Fourth- what other connectivity I have apart from WiFi? Fifth – I have always known that glass is the biggest enemy of sound, what best glass do here? Sixth- the price for the same.

  • Sartre

    I received mine today and it is amazing. the sound is polished and pure, and the look is elegant and stylish. It is larger than I expected, and heavy. But it’s a wonderful investment.

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  • kugs22

    I’m stunned this ever got kickbacker funding, the blessings of Danko Suvar of Croatia notwithstanding. No technical testing, wing nuts (yeah, wing nuts) and disorderly red wire in an “invisible” speaker? With a big “TRANSPARENT SPEAKER” logo on the “visible” part? What? They custom make the faceplate for you to say “Granpa”?? What? And the drivers are…are…some sort of full range thingies that crossover at 120 Hz? Why would anyone want this “invisible” thing that looks like it was the loser in a banger motorcross event?

  • Bent

    How much does the kit weight?

  • nan

    I love my transparent speaker, but one question. I also have SONOS in the rest of the house. Is there a way to play both at the same time?

    • Mike

      SONOS offers a product to connect other speakers to the SONOS network called CONNECT.

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  • crlos_cstillo

    Really impressive. Does it cause lag in any way? Would it be suitable for live acts?

  • eibrad vera

    Hello friend I am very interested but I live in Mexico can be sent to my location. I hope your comment thanks

  • Sebastiaan

    I can’t seem to find the option to buy it without the glass? is that still possible ?

  • BSL

    I love this product, great inspiration for my A-Level product design course work

  • foo

    700€… Do you want a blowjob with that?

    That’s far for the real price.

  • Audio Junkie

    Why the wiring is such a mess? It would be pretty easy to design a clean, uncluttered one.

  • Blayde Dreaver

    I think this is cool it would be nice to have it in a setup. and why are you hating on it. Maybe its so pricey is cause the speakers are good danm some people are ignorant

  • hegood

    Its not the loudest speaker but it gets the job done.

  • William Pemberton

    Where are your specs? I watched Unbox Therapy’s video on this and when he mentioned the switch on the back I believe that it allows you to pair the speaker with a second for true stereo seperation. Would I be wrong in asuming this?

    • Naseem Mohamed

      No, you aren’t wrong at all! Lew just didn’t realize that. It would be best to have a second for a stereo experience.

    • Naseem Mohamed

      But also I think this product is kind of useless. It is just nice aesthetics wise but the parts are just somewhat flimsy. The mid bass speaker or maybe just a dedicated sub seems very cheap with not much excursion and the two midrange seem very cheap as well not to mention there isn’t even a dedicated tweeter which is something you need or is at least very crucial for a “crystal clear sound!”

    • Naseem Mohamed

      I don’t know. This is just my take on it.

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  • q333

    Where I can Buy one and how much?

  • Skyline

    $800+ for this is freaking ridiculous. Are you kidding? I can get each of those speakers for less than $20 from an old car speaker system with probably louder amps. The glass? Is it Pyrex? Why is this so expensive!? This is some real yuppie equipment.

  • Wickliffe

    It needs some pink fiberglass stuffing, and probably some foam rubber carpet underlay lining the box.

  • Brandon

    Unfortunately, many prospective backers were alienated by the divisive political comment about climate deniers in the promo video. Was it necessary to take a jab at folks that believe the global warming, oops sorry, climate change (its climate change now, right?) folks have spotty and inconsistent data to support that movement?

    This clear speaker isn’t just a vision for listening to tunes and helping Gaia right?

    Pro-Tip: Don’t alieanate large sections of your potential customer base with ideology, personal beliefs, or vitriol tossed in a promo video. Just sell the product on its sustainable design and beautiful aesthetic design.

    Back to university for marketing education?

  • Reginald1972

    Beats has nothing on these guys

  • Jay Shang

    I think the wiring can be improved for better look.

  • Wytske Lunter

    Hello people people. Is there a selling point in Amsterdam? I saw the spreaker in Antwerp. Loved it! Both sound and looks. If you have 2 speakers do they both need an Apple airport express? Or can you pair them with only one into stereo mode? Thanks! Wytske.

  • deeeeee

    Iz näiss!!

  • Shalom Jay

    possible to get professional speaker for 12″,15″ two way. three way confirm sir iif it is wow that would make a change in audio systems as present green revolution this would help and heavy fabrication/making process work would reduce a lot

  • Shalom Jay

    infact a revolution in audio industry

  • Michele

    Wonderfull … i want it … is there a New models to buy in 2018 ?