Transparent, a modular electronics company founded on Kickstarter and based in Stockholm, has introduced its newest audio offering, The Light Speaker, a portable speaker modeled after traditional outdoor lanterns and available for pre-order now.
Although the evocative design is purely for show, the LED lights in the base can be adjusted with a knob to provide a range of illumination from flickering candlelight to reading light. The vibrating bass-and-light element comes in a variety of color variations and can pulse in time with the music, transforming what appears to be a fairly unassuming piece into a statement speaker that stands out from the crowd.
Despite the fact that The Light Speaker is not strictly an ‘outdoor speaker,’ it does have a few features that will delight those who want to take it with them on camping trips, such as an IPX2 weatherproof rating and a battery life of up to 10 hours. While the glass portion of the speaker appears to be delicate, it is made of borosilicate glass, which Transparent claims is durable enough to be used both outdoors and indoors.
Its five-watt speaker boasts a 2.5-inch full-range driver as well as a passive 3-inch radiator as well as what Transparent calls “true wireless dual-speaker streaming.” A frequency response of 60Hz to 18kHz is possible thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 technology included in the package.
Its modular design, which makes use of glass and aluminum and is intended to be long-lasting and upgradeable as time goes on, will appeal to those who are concerned about the environmental impact of their purchases in particular. In fact, through a partnership with the Keep Electrical and Electronic Products project, buyers will be able to track their Light Speaker throughout its entire life cycle, from the point of manufacture to the point of recycling.
It will be available for preorder on Transparent’s website for £290 / €320 / $370.