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Preview: Nocs Monolith Aluminum Portable Wireless Speaker

At $1,000, Nocs Design from Sweden has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker in a silver or black Aluminum finish.

Nocs Monolith Aluminum Portable Wireless Speaker

Wireless-powered loudspeakers have become one of the best-selling products in consumer A/V and there are no shortage of products for every budget. The portable category has become a huge driver of those sales because consumers want to take their music with them; and that includes the beach, cottage, work, and even the local park.

Nocs and the Monolith Aluminum

We recently reported on a small company Nocs Design, that is offering two wireless-powered speaker models, the Mini and Monolith. Apparently, these models are successful as Nocs has announced a third entry to their product line, the Nocs Monolith Aluminum.

Let’s see what it has in common with the previously released models and what’s different.

Tip: Nocs speakers are designed in Sweden and assembled in Estonia.

Nocs Monolith Aluminum Black Portable Wireless Speaker
Nocs Monolith Aluminum Black

Shared Features

Non-Traditional Physical Cabinet Design: The first thing you notice about the Monolith Aluminum (and all Nocs wireless speakers) is their non-traditional physical design in which the speaker drivers are laid out in a rectangle rather than a more traditional vertical layout.

Nocs Studio Sound: Streaming all your music content with Nocs Studio Sound. 

Spotify and TIDAL Connect: You can stream music from Spotify and TIDAL to the Monolith, Mini, or Monolith Aluminum directly from your smartphone or other compatible device. Stream FLAC and Dolby Atmos content through TIDAL Connect.

Nocs Design Music App
Nocs Design Music App

Easy Setup: The Nocs Design Music App (Android/iOS) provides easy setup and control of the Monolith and Mini.

Multi-Speaker Connectivity: Connect up to 8 Nocs wireless to expand your listening experience throughout the house. 

NAT (Nocs Amplitude Tuning): This feature provides consistent sound over the entire amplitude range.

ScanSpeak DISCOVERY Drivers: Full range or mid-woofer drivers with coated fiberglass cones and neodymium magnets

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Diaphragm Material: PP composite with elastomer.

What’s Different?

Construction: The Monolith Aluminum is CNC-machined from a single block of aluminum, and then sandblasted and anodized.

Power Supply: The Monolith and Mini both run on AV power directly, but the Monolith Aluminum incorporates a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The battery has a capacity of 5000 mAh, which can provide up to 15 hours + of continuous playtime on a single charge. A USB-C charger is provided.

Daniel Alm with Nocs Monolith Aluminum portable wireless speaker
Daniel Alm with Nocs Monolith Aluminum portable wireless speaker.

From Daniel Alm, CEO of Nocs Design: “The challenge once again has been to strip away all that is unnecessary. Countless hours were devoted solely to achieving the perfect symmetry in the positioning of the drivers. There are no logos, no frills – only the sleek yet refined appearance of solid aluminum remains. Timelessness is paramount to me.

Comparison

Nocs Monolith Aluminum Nocs MonolithNocs Mini
Price$1,000$1,500$800
Power SourceRecharageable Battery – Un to 15 hours (USB-C charger/adapter included)Universal input 100 – 240VAC, 50-60Hz power supplyUniversal input 100 – 240VAC, 50-60Hz power supply
Speaker TypePowered Wireless – 5-wayPowered Wireless –  5-WayPowered Wireless
Cabinet ConstructionCNC-machined from a single block of aluminum, then sandblasted and anodizedCNC-machined birch plywoodCNC machined MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
Tweeter1 x .8-inches
Full Range Drivers2 x 2-inches3 x 3.5-inches2 x 3.5-inches
Woofer Drivers2 x 4-inches3 x 6-inches (vented/bass reflex)
SubwooferCustom-tuned subwoofer module with a passive radiator. Neodymium magnet, long stroke subwoofer driver.
Frequency Response (+/- 3dB)39 Hz to 23 kHz30 Hz to 20 kHz40Hz to 20kHz
Amplifier TypeClass DClass DClass D
Power Output225 watts (5 x 45 W)150 watts110 watts
Maximum SPL (at 1 meter)96 dBNot provided94 dB
Bluetooth Ver 5.3 LE
AAC, SBC
Ver 5.0
ACC, SBC
Ver 5.0
ACC, SBC
Apple AirPlay 2Not mentionedYesYes
Spotify ConnectYesYesYes
Tidal ConnectYesYesYes
Nocs Design Music AppYesYesYes
Wireless Multiroom Connectivityup to 8 MonolithsUp to 8 Monolithsup to 8 Minis
Wi-FiYesYesYes
Dimensions348 x 230 x 57mm
(13.7 x 9 x 2.24 inches)
550 x 380 x 180 mm
(21.5 x 15 x 7 inches)
270 x 230 x 106 mm
(10.6 x 9 x 3.9 inches)
Weight4 kg (8.8 lbs)12 kg (26.45 lbs)3.3 kg (7.9 lbs)
Nocs Monolith Aluminum Portable Wireless Speaker in Backpack
The Nocs Monolith Aluminum Portable Wireless Speaker fits in a Backpack.

Initial Impression

Nocs has taken an interesting approach both to product design and sound quality goals with its Monolith Aluminum, Monolith, and Mini powered wireless speakers. Some may not like the design, but it is not the first time this look has appeared in a speaker as Stratton Acoustics offers up a similar design in its very high-end Elypsis 1512 loudspeakers.

The new Monolith Aluminum combines the Nocs design approach with compact size that includes a rechargeable battery, making it more portable. However, although fitting into a carry bag is nice – it would have also been more practical to include a built-in carry strap or handle.

In addition, the $1,000 price tag is expensive for a compact portable speaker.

Price & Availability

The Monolith Aluminum will be available is available for pre-order at $1,000 USD and 1,000 EUR for Europe. It is offered with two finishes – natural silver & matte black. Shipping is expected to start in November 2024

Tip: It is being reported that early pre-orders (50) will include an alcantara sleeve to protect the speaker. A heavier-duty carry bag is optional. Each purchase includes three free months of Tidal. There are 150 units total being offered for pre-order.

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