Feb 21, 2019 | By Thomas
Deeptime Limited is a new loudspeaker manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. Following its introduction of the world’s first speakers 3D printed from a wooden composite, Deeptime has unveiled the first commercially available audio system made from sand.
The limited edition Ionic Sound System combines organic design and innovative use of industrial 3D printing technology. The Ionic comprises two passive satellite speakers and a subwoofer called Thunderstone. The speakers resemble shells or the anatomy of the human ear.
The sand enclosures, made using additive manufacturing technologies, are seamless with no visible bolts or joints, which improves both appearance and acoustic properties. Using custom made hardeners and pigments, Deeptime says it mimics sandstone and the weight and density helps to eliminate unwanted frequencies.
The Spirula speakers are fitted with 3-inch full-range drivers with bamboo fiber cones. DEEPTIME says it has used bamboo because it is durable under high volumes but flexible enough to absorb any vibrations.
The 80-watt system has been designed by company founders Martin Hreben and Ondrej Chotovinsky. As to the price, the Spirula speakers can be purchased as a pair for EUR899, but they are limited to 1,618 pairs.
The accompanying Thunderstone active subwoofer is 3D printed from sand and houses a 5.75-inch driver, powered by a 110 Watt Class D amplifier. Furthermore, there is also an additional two Class D amplifiers on board for powering the Spirula speakers when connected. The Thunderstone sub can also accept 3.5mm analogue, digital optical and wireless Bluetooth with support for aptX and AAC codecs.
Unlike the Spirulas, the Thunderstone can not be purchased separately. The whole set, which includes a pair of Spirula speakers and a Thunderstone with all necessary cables, is sold as an Ionic Sound System for a price of EUR3141.59. Shipping is due to start in January 2019.
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