The Unmonday 4.3L is a ceramic speaker that can follow you through any room.

Its Airplay compatibility and rechargeable battery are neat features.

But its neatest trick is its ability to hop in and out of mono, stereo, and Dolby setups by simply rotating its base.

Its packaging resembles a hat box.

And a leather carrier is available, too.

And a leather carrier is available, too.

And a leather carrier is available, too.

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Kickstarting: A Modular, Ceramic Speaker System With Smarts

Use one, two, or five individual units to easily create a full Dolby surround system, with each speaker knowing its channel based solely on the direction it’s aimed.

High-end audio systems have always meant wires, and by connection, spatial permanence. You have a "listening room" or a "home theater system." Sound is tied to a place, unless you have headphones. With few exceptions, good speakers live in one room only.

The Unmonday 4.3L is a ceramic, Airplay-compatible speaker. That means it can wirelessly play music streaming from your iPhone, all while housed within a timeless build material that will never warp or distort. This pairing unto itself is unique—it’s rare that high-end tech mixes with old-world materials—but where Unmonday really differs is its radically simplified UI for pairing multiple speakers into multi-channel systems. You can take any single speaker from room to room, or you can arrange a pair into stereo channels, or you can even arrange five speakers into a full Dolby surround-sound setup. And the speakers will know what to do when you put them down.

The speakers skirt any need for programming or button-pressing to assign surround sound with an ingeniously simple trick. To define the speaker’s role, a user just places the speaker down on the corresponding labeled side of the hexagon (like "front left" or "back right"). Using built-in accelerometers, the speaker can feel which way it’s been placed and assign itself the proper channel, knowing intuitively whether it’s a soloist or part of a larger ensemble.

“There are a lot of elements inside, and a lot of different companies’ protocols. It’s getting the Airplay signal, it’s decoding it for Dolby, it’s sorting out which channel to play, it’s amplifying the sound. All this happens before you hear anything. Then there are the batteries and chargers and various electrical components,” co-creator Toni Sokura explains. “[But] outwards, it’s just a ceramic hexagon that emits sound. That as difficult as it needs to be.”

That hexagon is no accident, of course, but a functional piece of industrial design. The six-sided polygon perfectly complements the five-speaker Dolby setup, while putting five speakers together forms a thematic and geometric completion of the home audio system. No doubt, flat sides also keep the speakers from rolling around like vases, too.

The Unmonday speaker is just ending its campaign on Kickstarter now. And while it likely won’t make its $200,000 goal, the company has landed alternative funding and is promising to honor all pre-orders made before the campaign ends.

Order it here.

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  • Mike

    Fantastic product and concept. I was an enthusiast until I saw the Kickstarter goals and the pricing. Projects in the $200k goal range take more than 35 days to accumulate the goal amount and offer an reward from $179 onwards. One Unmonday speaker would set back the Early bird $499 and they allowed only 30 days of funding. Ceramic speakers in the market currently go for a set price around $500. The wireless pairing concept is a premium, but is it worth $250 per unit? Still this would only appeal to a small group of people. Confusing pricing for a pair of speakers probably didn't help. Since when are set prices higher than two single units?

    If only Unmonday did some analysis in comparable projects on Kickstarter, aimed for a lower goal target and better pricing, this would be a successfully funded project with a small fan base to build upon. It is good to hear that they have found funding. Next step: a user base.