Granite is a must have. Just ask 99.9 percent of the homebuyers on HGTV’s House Hunters. Oh, right, that’s countertops. What about a granite loudspeaker?
We’re not going to say it’s a must have, but it may very well be the most eye-catching loudspeaker at this year’s CEDIA Expo 2013 going on in Denver this week.
We will say it’s definitely unique. Of course, being real granite it’s also not cheap—a pair of these stunning speakers from Status Acoustics, which go under the Element moniker, will set you back $14,995 a pair.
But they show off the true “custom” side of the custom electronics industry, and those who can afford them might also want a jaw-dropper of a showpiece/conversation starter in their home that also happens to provide sweet tunes.
“I have one [customer] who’s the type of guy that’s looking for anything different,” said custom electronics pro Bruce Eckert of BWE Home Theater in Clovis, Calif., while checking out the product at Status Acoustics sister company RBH Sound‘s booth. “That’s definitely different. There’s some labor of love in that.”
On the inside, the Element bookshelf monitor features a 1-inch Scan-Speak soft dome tweeter and 6.5-inch beryllium alloy cone woofer, with a rated frequency response of 50Hz to 20kHz and 87dB sensitivity.
The outside is where they turn heads. The icing on the top of the four layers of elastomeric-butyl interior wall material is a 2-centimeter-thick layer of granite. At 53 pounds, when you try to pick up the speaker you can certainly feel the rock’s influence. Because it’s a custom product, you can also pick your finish from just about any slab of granite available—RBH says the speaker construction process takes about eight weeks.
On top of the granite finish—shown at CEDIA Expo in “purple dune” and “bianco antico”—there’s also a choice of two stands, one that looks like a small criss-crossed ladder and one that has a solid appearance down to the base. The stands weigh 67 pounds. Adding to the aesthetic, the terminal cup and port are CNC milled from “solid aircraft-grade billet aluminum,” according to the company.
And yeah, they might even match your kitchen countertops.
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