MUON loudspeaker looks stunning
Every home that aims to have a decent audio system would definitely rank the loudspeaker as one of the essential components to have. The MUON loudspeaker aims to fill this void, being the brainchild of a collaboration between the engineering team at KEF as well as leading industrial designer Ross Lovegrove who brought his eclectic mix of design ideas to the fore. The MUON debuted Stateside recently, and is available in extremely limited quantities (which probably results in its artificially inflated price as you’ll read later on). There will only a hundred pairs that will be manufactured to be made available across ten selected cities worldwide, hence the sky high price of $140,000 per pair. I suppose when you have that kind of extra dough to splash around for just a pair of loudspeakers, it doesn’t really matter any more whether it is $140,000 a pair or even upwards of $200,000 – those are but mere numbers that will hardly make a dent in your bank account.
KEF engineers have made the perfect union of form and function to be the ultimate goal where the MUON speakers are concerned. According to Dr. Andrew Watson, KEF’s senior acoustic engineer, “We wanted to push our technology to new limits. The result is unparalleled sound quality and an exquisite example of British engineering and design at its very best.”
Constructed from super-formed aluminum, the MUON loudspeaker utilizes the same molding process to vacuum forming. Malleable sheets of heated aluminum were used to achieve the unique shapes that is seen in the final product. While making the prototype, KEF managed to mill gargantuan solid blocks of aluminum in a computer-aided process that took about a week to complete. The end result is a product of sheer beauty, featuring a perfect balance between aesthetics of a designer and the physics of sound. This 4-way speaker system has been mounted into the front of the structure, where the overall sound quality is achieved using a combination of powerful bass drivers while upper mid-range and treble uses MUON’s Uni-Q® drive unit array technology.