The Massive Minimalism of the Monolith by Nocs Studio

Sometimes the name says it all, as is the case with the singular size and design of the Monolith by Nocs Studio, a rectilinear wall of sound with a surprising detail influenced by car exhaust systems.

Monolith speaker shown against white background at slight angle.

Proudly “designed, engineered & made in Sweden,” the handmade speaker comprises an array of three Danish-engineered ScanSpeak 3.5-inch full range drivers and two ScanSpeak 6-inch dual vented woofers in a unique three-over-two arrangement, all powered by a Class-D amplifier and encased within a blackened birch plywood cabinet.

Monolith speaker shown against white background from front facing angle.

Nocs Lab engineers drew inspiration from automotive exhaust systems, integrating a bespoke piezo vent design to ensure the Monolith would perform without distortion while deepening the depths of bass performance.

Monolith speaker shown against white background from side angle.

Par for the course, the Monolith is equipped for wireless connectivity offered via Bluetooth 5.0. Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect services are baked into the compatible app, with AirPlay 2 listed as in the works. For those seeking an enormous aural experience, up to 8 Monoliths can be connected to create an environment of shock and awe.

Nocs Studio Monolith wireless speaker set on floor to the left of a modern black leather sofa, with polished stone tiles and concrete wall with abstract painting in the background.

Nocs describes the finished design of the Monolith as “rustic and unassuming,” but it’s executed handsomely, with its substantial 21.5 x 15 x 7 inch dimensions, over 26-lbs heft, and honest sum of components delivering its own aesthetic austere appeal, one adaptable to spaces modern or otherwise.

Monolith speaker shown against white background from 3/4 angle.

The Monolith is available for pre-order for $1,200 and ships starting in the end of January. ​More information about ordering available here.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.

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