Hopefully this post’s title grabbed your attention, because the press release sure grabbed mine. A new Finnish speaker compnay, Unmonday, has unveiled one of the most unusual audio products I have ever seen.
The Unmonday 4.3L is, at its core, an Airplay enabled speaker. Where things get wonky is when you start to look at the specs. First off, the fact that it’s a ceramic portable speaker would normally be enough to catch my interest, but where it really shines is that fact that it can be assigned to one of the five Dolby Surround channels, simply by repositioning the hexagonal speaker.
The 4.3L contains a motion sensor, similar to that of a smartphone, to detect the speaker’s orientation. From there, the speaker automatically assigns itself to the appropriate channel based upon how the device is resting. For those wondering, yes, a hexagonal shape has six sides, and, yes, Dolby only has five channels (if you remove the subwoofer channel), so the 4.3L assigns the sixth side as a simple mono speaker configuration.
The device itself is a high quality piece, designed to last. The ceramic shell is built to last a lifetime, and the removal of six screws allows easy access to the internals. The driver itself is an Alpair 10 full-range driver powered by a custom amplifier that aims to please the audiophile crowd. Sticking with the idea of portability, the 4.3L offers 10 hours of battery life on a single charge and is available with a very nice looking leather case. Unmonday will provide a free app for managing multiple speakers, allowing users additional control over their system, including adjusting volume or monitoring battery levels on multiple devices.
Now, as cool as all of this sounds, don’t get too excited just yet. At this point, the Unmonday 4.3L is a Kickstarter project. Kickstarter is a great way to raise the money needed to produce a product, but often projects that don’t reach their goals tend to falter. Hopefully, the Unmonday project will follow through since this is definitely a pretty neat idea.