Is it just me, or have alien life forms abducted the workers in speaker factories lately? In recent days, I’ve come across some otherworldly radial speakers, dramatic communication towers, and even some that look like the aliens themselves.
If you’re in the market for some dramatic looking speakers, and can’t afford the $50k radial loudspeakers I told you about yesterday, you might want to check out these ones from Britz. They may not be the biggest or most powerful speakers out there, but they sure look purty.
I’ve written about some out of this world speaker designs in my time, but never anything quite like these speakers from Germany’s MBL.
Their 101 E Radialstrahler Reference speakers offer a striking sculptural design that makes them look more like something you’d see at a power plant than something that would crank out world-class audio.
Many audiophiles will tell you that there’s nothing quite as sweet as the sound of a good old analog tube-based amplifier. While there are a handful for tube amps for the iPod already out there, most of them are quite expensive.
Here’s an interesting tidbit of recent history for any electronic musicians out there. A couple of years back, a strange little company called Chromatone thought it was time for an overhaul of the traditional 88 keys on pianos (or less on many synthesizers.)
I came across these dramatic little speakers from Bang & Olufsen and they really caught my eye. Not only do they look like no other speakers I’ve ever seen, they’re supposed to sound pretty amazing too.
A while back, I told you about some fun speakers for dog people. Now, feline fanatics can get in on the action with these cat-inspired desktop speakers.
Brighton Net’s CatSpeaker set is a full 2.1 channel amplified speaker setup, complete with cat-shaped subwoofer and satellites.
I really like the simple colorful design of these compact music systems from Germany’s Sonoro Audio.
The Sonoro Cubo is a compact, all-in-one sound system, complete with FM radio, CD player and auxiliary input for your portable media player.
Ok, I’ll say it now. This music player only plays one tune, “Voi Che Sapete,” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, but it sure looks cool doing it.
The Music Orb is a perfectly smooth wooden globe that contains a tiny mechanical music box.
The latest surround sound system from Pioneer gets rid of the typical “receiver/amp” module that most home theater systems require. From what I can tell, they’ve hidden all the amplification and hookups inside of the subwoofer.
This pocket-sized speaker may look like nothing much, but it has some unique design properties that help it crank out some serious low-end.
The XMI X-Mini Capsule Speaker features a special vacuum chamber which opens up like an accordion.
This boom box has everything you’d expect in a portable stereo: an amplifier, speakers, even an iPod dock. But this one is made out of cardboard.
While most portable stereos aren’t particularly waterproof, this one doesn’t stand a chance in a rainstorm.
I really dig the great job that Nintendo enthusiast Michael Karpinski did with his new subwoofer.
He’s carefully painted it to match the classic “question mark” brick from the Super Mario game series. Looks like that little stuffed Yoshi won’t be long for the world when Michael cranks up his next big bass extravaganza.
This new home theater system from Sony offers an immersive 3-dimensional surround sound effect using just two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. The system has a striking industrial design that’s very sleek and modern. It even has a cool touch-sensitive control panel hidden in its glass top.
This little pendant might look like a tiny camera, but it’s secret identity is a digital music player.
The handmade wooden mini-cameras have an embedded Motz Music Box at their core, letting them play MP3, WMA and OGG files.
This new wireless streamer from Freecom lets you listen to thousands of free internet “radio” stations anywhere in your house.
The Linux-based MusicPal not only receives over 5,000 ‘net music streams, it can also stream MP3s directly from your networked PC or Mac.