A new luxury loudspeaker by Flare Audio which aims to ‘disrupt the commercial audio market’ has been made available to hoteliers.
Zero is said to be the first loudspeaker to use recycled paper in the fabrication of its exterior, meaning these materials are 100% recyclable.
The company, which was founded in 2010 by British inventor Davies Roberts, Flare Audio has launched the new product in 16 colours after Roberts spotted a gap in the market for a quality piece of sound equipment with eco-credentials at its core.
Using its own patented Space technology, Flare clamps layers of 2mm thick recycled paper between solid, milled aluminium plates with such force the paper becomes rigid as concrete.
There is no acoustic wadding in the speaker to damage sound purity, and no electronic correction (EQ) is required.
Zero’s ‘pure’ sound comes from Flare’s unique Vortex technology, the layers of rigid paper sheets forming hundreds of vortices. Acting like tiny sieves, these vortices encompass the driver, trapping sound but letting air through to release pressure slowly, enabling the driver to move freely.
“With Zero I was on a mission to produce the perfect loudspeaker that wouldn’t harm ears and wouldn’t harm the planet,” Roberts explains. “The world needs to look at how we can produce new technologies with natural fibres. We use an English paper mill which makes the greyboard from recycled paper. This is then stamped into vortices. Waste is sent back to the paper mill, creating a perfect synergy and zero waste. The metal plates are machined from solid plates of aluminium. Any waste from the machining process is recycled, again allowing zero waste.”
Available to order at www.flareaudio.com and from Selfridges & Co, London, in store.