Some of the sounds and fashions of the ‘70s are timeless. However, when it comes to ‘70s looking home stereo systems, that fad is as dead as disco.
We love that some audio systems manufacturers are happy making perfect speakers in perfectly square (and rectangular) shapes. However, there are plenty looking to go outside of that classic box. We asked around, scoured the web, and checked our own wishlists to compile a list of the 19 sexiest speakers.
Of course, some of these audiophile speakers are too sexy (and pricey) for regular retail shelves. However, we did throw in a few curvy curveballs—which are readily available and won’t break the bank.
Do any of these speakers do it for you? Sound off on your sexy speaker favorites in the comments section below.
This speaker looks like it should be airbrushed on the side of a van—and we mean that with the utmost respect. This 4-way tube-loaded loudspeaker system took five years to develop and it shows. The super-cool and super-swirly speaker features a frequency response of 40Hz – 20kHz (:±1dB) and requires one stereo pre-amplifier and eight monobloc or four stereo power amplifiers per pair. That pair could cost you about $60K.
This Parrot comes in a lot of pretty colors. However, it’s not exactly small enough to be caged. It’s a super-slim, sexy floorstanding iPod dock. Promising 360-degree sound, these speakers work wirelessly, so you can position them almost anywhere. Just top one of the units with your iPhone, iPod, or iPod touch; while it charges, you can tap into your music collection using the included remote. It can also stream music from computers or other devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. That kind of flexibility in such a stellar package will run you $1,600.
Wallpaper Disco Table
We’ve heard of dancing on tables, but a speaker? That could be dangerous, as well as pricey. However, Moritz Waldemeyer designed this unit for just that purpose. It’s a coffee table by day, super-cool iPod dock by night. However, it’s not just a plug and play item. It also includes a haze machine, for beaming out lasers in the form of a go-go cage. While this product can’t be picked up at A/V or even party stores, you can score one for your dancing needs. Just contact Waldemeyer through his website for a custom order.
Vivid Audio G1 Giya
Vivid Audio says that the inspiration for this swirly speaker lies in the company’s African roots. Yeah, that or maybe it had a little something to do with Big boy’s hairdo. Either way, this 176-pound speaker packs in a 4-way 5-driver system, a frequency range of 23Hz to 44kHz (-6 dB), and kicks out a whopping 800 watts. Sporting a glossy automotive-type finish, you’ll have to spring $65,000 for a pair of these sexy beasts.
The cheapest entry into our list is also the most portable. The OrigAudio Sphear looks like a ball, which makes it easy to stuff into a bag. However, once you are ready to rock, you can snap this ball in half for decent sound from two individual speakers. We say “decent” because at $30, it won’t exactly rock the house. However, this sexy set is a nice travel companion, using three AAA batteries and hooking into any audio device with a standard headphone jack.
Scaena Model 3.2
Ready, aim, fire! This sexy stack from Scaena looks like a cartridge of big bullets, ready to bombard you with sound. The system includes two towers with 12 midrange drivers per side, which operate from 80 to 6,000Hz. Another nine ribbon tweeters on each side carry 6,000Hz to 26kHz. This is also coupled with two pairs of 18-inch subwoofers. Of course, hot-looking hardware like this does not come cheap. Even though Scaena says this is an “entry-level” product, it costs about $54,000.
This Kayak won’t save you up a creek, but it can blast out some killer sound. As part of Sonance’s NACSound line, this unit looks more like a spacecraft than watercraft. It also produces sound from one eye-catching speaker. Boasting 60 watts of sound, this funky unit promises install options aplenty—which include suspending the speaker vertically or horizontally. Available by special order, this very special design comes in a variety of very special finishes. However, the basic, but shiny aluminum, starts at about $4,900.
We’ve seen a few speaker combo products. While some sacrifice quality for kitsch, this is the brainchild of Klipsch. Combining a speaker with energy-efficient LED lighting, this unit screws in as easy as a standard lightbulb. A pair of LightSpeakers will run $599.99, which promises 15 year’s worth of bright moments. Also, because it’s wireless, you won’t be tethered to the same music source for all of those years. Just attach the included transmitter to an iPod, PC or any other audio source for instant sound.
Totem Wind Design
You can stick your head out the car window for a few cheap thrills. We prefer the feel of Totem Acoustics‘ Wind Design running through our hair. This 3-way, 4-driver system blows away the competition combining an avant-garde design with great sound. Measuring 44.3 inches high, the recommended amplifier power range is 80 to 250 watts. Available in various veneer, satin and other finishes, Totem’s tower of power will run you about $13,000 per pair.
Avantgarde Trio Classico
We like our speakers loud. Nothing says loud like a giant horn. However, these AvantGarde units are more than just a statement of performance. They also say you spare no expense when buying speakers. Priced around $150,000 for the base model, this 3-way spherical horn satellite can handle up to 150 watts, with sounds down to 100Hz, all the way up to 20kHz.
B&O BeoLab 11 Subwoofer
B&O’s work of art is the only dedicated subwoofer on our list. It’s also the only one that looks like something stolen out of the Alien prop closet. We prefer to think of the unit as a delicate flower that’s about to bloom and blow the hair off your head, via a built-in 200-watt ICEpower amplifier and two 6.5-inch drivers. Starting around $2,000, the BeoLab 11 is available in a variety of colors. Although the sub also promises plenty of install options, you’ll want to put it on a pedestal—or even on the wall, which is an option since the unit promises minimal vibration.
KEF’s Muon speakers could be the closest thing you’ll ever get to a trophy wife. Aside from this set’s good looks, these babies are limited—which makes a boatload of sense, since they retail for about $140,000 per pair. This four-way speaker uses KEF’s own Uni-Q driver array and throws in two additional rear bass drivers. The super-thick aluminum shell eliminates any vibrations and also makes this speaker look pretty darn cool.
Cabasse La Sphere
Cabasse’s spherical creation is like the creepy pet we’ve always wanted. It plays killer audio as well. Of course, an audiophile’s best friend does not come cheap, and these units have been priced out at around $150,000. For that, you’ll get a 4-way speaker that doubles as a conversation starter, thanks to a honeycomb dome and the power to cover the range of 80Hz to 22kHz.
Artcoustic SL 65-50 and SL Multi Soundbar
Many audiophiles consider speakers to be works of art. We’re guessing that most regular people would agree when it comes to Artcoustic speakers. Designed to match flat-panel TVs, the front screens are removable and can be fully customized to fit your mood or room decor. Available in dozens of fabrics, that customization can even include a pattern or artwork. Artcoustic offers that option for many of its models. This one starts at $1,910 with the printed screen.
Sleek Audio SA7
It may be the only set of headphones on our list, but they certainly don’t look much like headphones. Naturally, they don’t perform like them either. For about $400, the SA7 incorporates military grade metals, which means they can certainly take your daily abuse. The earphone itself is made of milled aluminum, with a layer of silicone around the precious driver. Don’t worry; all of that protection won’t make the audio sound like it’s coming from a tin can. It even includes a patented detachable and swivel cable so the SA7 can go from wired to wireless in a flash.
Altec Lansing Octiv Mini
Altec Lansing engineers must have been a little tipsy when they created this angular iPod dock. Promising full sound for small spaces and even smaller ($60) budgets, the Octiv Mini (M102) promises to charge iPods and iPhones during playback. For those times when silence is golden, this unit doubles as an alarm clock. Just add Alarm Rock, a new freebie app.
Salagar Symphony S210
There’s something slightly off about Salagar’s Symphony S210 speakers—and that’s what makes them so neat. However, the inside is equally as pretty, packing two of Bang & Olufsen’s 200-watt ICEpower class D amplifiers into each cabinet. Made from layers of formaldehyde-free MDF, the manufacturer offers six different wood finishes and another eight shiny paint options. Expect to pay about $8,000 for a pair.
This extremely high-end speaker by Odiaze looks a lot like a mini rocket. If you have the means, you too can get ready to blast off —or at least blast out some stellar sound quality. The 3-way speaker features a 10mm twin-magnet Kevlar tweeter, a 15-degree angled midrange waveguide loading a 38mm Kevlar driver, and a 31cm woofer. Available in a variety of colors including a slick, black gloss, the unit is rumored to be somewhere in the $15,000 range.
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