17 Cool Speakers Designs that Look Better than They Sound
Home audio speakers are designed to sound great, but many designers take it to the next level and create something so sexy that people can’t help but stare. They know what they do, because in these days a product that looks good has better chances to be sold. These creative speaker designs that you’re gonna see in this post combine both style and (hopefully) function, and we can say that they look better than they sound.
These speakers are simply called Speak-er, and for now they are just a very interesting “speak bubble shaped speakers” concept from Sherwood Forlee. This designer has on his page a sentence that I totally adore : “Sherwood Forlee is a designer with no design or art education.” I love this sentence because this is another proof that of a very creative product, without spending years studying. In these days with all the information’s available on the internet you can learn anything and master it if you really want.
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Take a look at this picture and tell me that these little speakers are not cute. I totally love their design …they might not have a huge power, but they are a cute element for your decor. Now for all of you who like do-it-yourself projects I want to announce that these speakers are a do-it-yourself project, and if you want to learn how you can create your own speakers exactly like this one you can see the step by step tutorial on Instructables.
For some people these speakers might look creepy, especially if you are a dog owner, or you love animals. The setup includes two 20-inch tall headless pooches, each sporting co-axial speakers. The custom engineered electronic filters make for great sound, and the aesthetics – well, you’ve definitely got two new best friends. You can purchase these speakers from here for $1,449.00
Created by Symbio Design, the ‘Alpha’ speakers are interesting creative object for lovers of music and design unusual things. You can use them as standard stereo speakers, or pair them with other Symbio products and use it as a 5.1 home theater setup.
Jason Sui has designed a unique looking speaker box that could definitely add some flair to any home theatre system. This speaker box, named N3-8 Kidrobot, looks like a penguin wearing an oversized jacket, can handle up to 150 watts, houses three speakers and costs $190.
The Bowers and Wilkins flagship speaker is very highly regarded with music lovers all over the world, and with good reason. The Nautilus (sometimes referred to as the Nautilus “Prestige”) is the culmination of a five year research and development project by former B&W engineer Laurence Dickie. The Nautilus enclosure houses drivers loaded by reverse-tapered horns to absorb the rear radiation and prevent any enclosure colouration.
Jacob Mathew is a designer with a Vision: to not only fit speakers around/in all parts of your lifestyle but to utilize these speakers in the art of massage. The passionate highs entice from the extended range drivers exposed in the sultry pumps, while the intimate lows exude from the potent subwoofer deep inside the patent leather purse. The engaging sound from this beautiful design is sure to sweep you off your feet.
JBL just launched a new set of speakers that are uniquely shaped to provide multiple installation options depending upon your space. They are called the Control Now speakers and they are priced at around $250 each ($280 for an outdoor version). The Control NOW speakers feature a quarter-round shape which means the speakers can be mounted between a ceiling and a wall or between two walls, or horizontally/vertically on the bookshelf, a few examples of how these speakers can be used you can see in the image below.
Created by Question Mark Entertainment his nifty TIE Fighter speaker doesn’t look like an awesome speaker for some people, but if you are a Star Wars fan things could change very quickly. These TIE Fighter speakers are just out of the prototype stage, and were rolled out at CeBIT, the big consumer electronics confab in Hannover, Germany. – Via – Gizmodo
The PLUG + PLAY wireless speaker designed by Per Brickstad system makes all ones music available, regardless if it is stored on cell phones, PCs or MP3 players. The transparent speakers deliver high sound quality and blend into most interiors. Audio files are transmitted from ones device to PLAY by small PLUG elements. The plugs dock into the side of the speaker for charging, and in the speaker has a transparent LCD-display in the glass, providing information about song title, equalizer, etc. – Via – Yankodesign
In 2003 Ferguson Hill manufactured the groundbreaking FHOO1, the world’s first ever front loaded horn dipole loudspeaker. Since then they have been creating bass systems and their newest project, the Mini Speaker System. The price on the FHOO1 horn speakers pictured above is just under $20,000. Their Mini Speaker System (FHOO7) on the other hand is just under $1,200. The FHOO8 is designed to be a subwoofer for their Mini Speaker System and should be released shortly.
Designer Joakim Axelsson thought that box shaped speakers need some innovation, and this is how Dragon speakers have been born. The Dragon speakers are made for those who are looking for something more then just a good sound. I see this speakers in a Chinese restaurant, or in a room with Chinese influences. The speakers are hand made in Denmark and Sweden out of plastic resin and the elements are high end Peerless/Vifa.
The Minipod loudspeaker follows an organic design, where ‘form follows function’. Each characteristic of the design has a precise acoustical justification. The Minipod is essentially an amalgamation of three spheres to form one pressure-vessel, minimizing cabinet vibration, sound radiation and distortion, allowing sound waves to move more freely.
The Sound e-Motion M100-20 BFs spherical speakers are mounted on a stand rather than on a flat surface, which minimizes interference in both horizontal and vertical planes. Thus, the sound radiates evenly in every direction. The sphere holding the speaker is hand made from high class natural wood, a material unique for its acoustic characteristics. Each sphere is made of hundreds of wood pieces and has excellent anti-resonance properties … more.
These speakers, named DMT-100, balance on a stand that incorporates a technology called driver manipulation. That means the arms can be moved and the speakers can be pointed and adjusted for height to achieve the best sound. Proclaim Audio says the spherical enclosures are the best shape to originate sound because of their characteristically smooth frequency response. The idea is that the speaker shape creates the sound, not the room acoustics.
Made with German engineering, the award winning, contemporary Moonlight Sound globes stylishly conceal integrated speakers providing up to 200 watts of crisp, clean audio combined with rich LED lights that change color with the rhythm of your music. Finally, there’s a solution to the problem of separate light and sound fixtures by combining them both – perfectly. Moonlight Sound is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use whether entertaining at home, for weddings and special events, glamorous nightclubs, luxury residences, four-star resorts, shopping malls, virtually anywhere …. more.
Hive is a simulated surround sound speaker system. The Hive takes the latter approach but adds in a bit of design since sound bars are pretty boring. The hexagonal honey comb pattern is graphic, bold, and each cell can pivot or turn for a truly customized audible experience. And don’t worry about messy cables or cords. The Hive only has 2 at most – one for power, and one to connect to your home entertainment system.