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Geneva Sound System- Medium

Sure, audiophiles probably have a list four feet long of what is needed in a sound system, but for some of us what it boils down to is how it looks (if you care about sound reproduction you probably just cringed). Yes, it needs to sound good, but it also needs to not be an obscene stack of metal and cords and flashing lights everywhere. This sound system is especially lovely, and it’s in one box. One box, I repeat. So nice. Maybe it would be a good gift for someone (or yourself).

“Presenting quality sound from a piano-lacquered wooden box with CD player, FM radio and iPod connector cable – all controlled by remote. With two channels and patented algorithms, the Geneva Sound System digitally adapts the left and right signals for a balanced 120-degree sound stage. A 100-watt digital amplifier powers the system’s four built-in speakers, which together deliver a sound performance with a full range of frequencies – from deep, rich bass to crystal clear highs, without dropping a single note in between. An LED display on the front of the cabinet displays what’s playing. Compatible with iPod models with dock connectors, including iPod Video, Nano, Photo and Mini.”

H 8″ W 14.5″ D 9.5″

Allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.

Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Availability: Buy Geneva Sound System- Medium here

Sonicum by Art. Lebedev (Desktop Speakers)

I love the silhouette of these.

“The set consists of two speakers and a subwoofer and is the ideal accessory for your Mac (don’t worry, it will also work with your PC), but it also connects to your iPod, or anything that boasts a standard audio line-out jack.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $120
Availability: Buy Sonicum by Art. Lebedev (Desktop Speakers) here

Phonofone I & II

From the same guys that did the Park Planters, comes a couple of interesting ‘Phonofones’.

“Through passive amplification alone, These unique pieces instantly transform any personal music player + earbuds into a sculptural audio console. Without the use of external power or batteries, the Phonofone inventively exploits the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibles* (or roughly the maximum volume of laptop speakers). Upon connecting active earphones to the Phonofone their trebly buzzing is instantly and profoundly transformed into a warm, rich and resonant sound.”

phonofone I (left), $425

phonofone II (right), $800

Purchase Information:

Price: $425-$800
Availability: Buy Phonofone I & II here

fire wire speakers

Oh, these are nice to look at. I’m told they sound good too.


Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00
Available from: A+R Store

Muji Wall Mounted CD Player

This is kind of old school, but I felt like it was worth posting. Don’t buy this if you’re expecting a sturdy, advanced piece of technology. But do get this if you want a really simple, beautiful cd player.

“The speakers are built into the body of the CD player. To make a disc play you simply pull the cable. Volume and search controls are situated on the top of the Cd player.”

It is available in the US through Compact Impact or at any of the Muji sites online (Moma, Muji UK, etc.).

Purchase Information:

Price: $199
Availability: Buy Muji Wall Mounted CD Player here

Soundsticks II Speaker System

I’m such a sucker for pretty pictures of pretty things. This could be a salad spinner and I’d still say “ooo” and “ah” over it’s acrylic-y and silvery touches of stuff. It’s not a salad spinner, though, it’s a speaker system, so I think I’m justified (and not too much of a nerd) in talking of it’s beauty, as it will be a functional thing on display.

“This contemporary 40-watt, three-piece speaker system produces high-quality stereo sound for music, MP3s, movies, and games. Simple to install, it works with a variety of devices through the mini stereo jack connection. Includes two self-powered satellite speakers with adjustable bases and touch volume/mute control, and a powerful subwoofer with bass control. One-year warranty.”

Size: Subwoofer, 10.25h x 9″diam. Speakers, 10h x 3.5″diam.

Item on a slight backorder, so you’ll have to wait your turn.

Purchase Information:

Price: $170.00
Availability: Buy Soundsticks II Speaker System here

Pro-Ject Debut III Mu

I sometimes assume that everyone has seen some things, so then I don’t post something that really everyone should see. This has been one of those things, and today, while perusing a magazine, I happened upon it again. I certainly will not pretend to know much about record players, ’cause I don’t, but I will tell you that I think it’s the prettiest player I’ve seen. (Please see website for tons of info and specifics that you’ll be interested in if you have a record collection.)

“An Excellent choice for the audiophile seeking a cost effective vinyl playback solution.”

Oh, I’ve got to also say it’s available in so many good colors (like shiny red, blue, cream, white(!), yellow, acidish green, etc.).

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Availability: Buy Pro-Ject Debut III Mu here