Sound Systems

Berlin Boombox

Remember the boombox? If you don’t, congratulations, you’re young. If you do remember, then you might have a few fuzzy feelings for the old school stereo and speaker style and you’ll want to know more about this cardboard version. That’s right, cardboard.

The black and white graphics by Berlin-based designer & illustrator Axel Pfaender are printed on heavy corrugated cardboard with a strong carrying handle and a one big knob for power and volume. You’ll enjoy listening to your playlist (at the correct volume) via the D-class stereo amplifier.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €65.00
Availability: Buy Berlin Boombox here

Ceramic Subwoofer by Joey Roth

Joey Roth completes his Ceramic Speaker sound system with the addition of this subwoofer. Made in stainless steel, porcelain and Baltic birch plywood, the Ceramic Subwoofer extends your system’s frequency response down to 40 Hz, adding a balanced yet not overwhelming bass response to your speakers.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $695.00
Available from: Joey Roth

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table top concert hall

Here’s an excellent alternative to the iVictrola ($650 to $1000). This particular audio device by Seth Ellsworth utilizes salvaged phonograph horns to acoustically amplify the music from your device’s internal speaker, and it has a much friendlier price tag of $300. More info below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: [lhooq] design shop

AudioBulb

Hmm, an AudioBulb. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a light bulb that has a speaker in it. It’s an LED light bulb, of course, so it’ll last for years (as it should be if you’re shelling out a Franklin for it). Music plays wirelessly from your iPod/iPhone/auxiliary input source and installation is simple. Twist in the AudioBulb in a lamp or a light socket and then connect your device to the standalone base. You can have up to 8 bulbs and 2 different zones. Sounds like a pretty good idea, doesn’t it?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: GiiNii

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Rubik’s Cube Speaker

Not proud to admit it, but I’ve never solved a Rubik’s cube. Wthh this on my desk, I could at least pretend I have when co-workers walk by, and also have a cool looking speaker to boot. Powered by USB and connects to audio sources with a standard 3.5mm audio jack.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Fred Flare

Source: Antenna Mag

TDK Boomboxes

Bringing up the name TDK to music lovers who didn’t grow up with an iPod is  sure to warm their hearts in some way. I’m still a bit young myself, but I certainly have great memories of dubbing  songs off the radio and creating mixtapes with handwritten liner notes. TDK is a storage media company, but has recently branched into the home audio market with these fantastic boombox-inspired stereos.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $$299.00
Availability: Buy TDK Boomboxes here

Phonofone III iPhone Speaker

The Phonofone III is the third iteration of a completely passive, non-electric ceramic amplifer designed specifically for the iPhone. (Check out our previously posted Koostik for a similar product done in wood). Using only clever acoustics, the iPhone’s volume is amplified up to four times. The Phonofone is handmade in Canada and only available in limited quantities. For such a unique and handmade product I would naturally assume it would adorn quite a lavish price tag, but it is actually quite reasonable. I’ve never seen any of these in person so if there any readers out there who can vouch for the sound quality please chime in with comments.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Availability: Buy Phonofone III iPhone Speaker here

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KOOSTIK

Hmm, this is pretty neat. Using natural acoustics (specially designed sound channels), this dock amplifies the iPhone’s built in speaker by 2 to 4 times. While not intended to replace electronic amplifiers, the size and style might suit your needs for low to medium volume music. All of the external buttons and controls of the phone are easily accessible while the phone is docked and there’s several different wood bodies to choose from.

To learn more, visit koostik.com.

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Zikmu Wireless Speaker System

Hmm. This slim profile speaker system is a result of Philippe Starck and Parrot, a Paris-based wireless device company. Able to stream music directly from any Blutooth enabled device (phone, computer, etc), the Zikmu transmits 360 degrees of immersive sound while allowing for portability not usually found within the home sound systems market. A docking station is built into one of the two columns, giving you an option to charge your device while listening to your music.

Remote control included.
H 29.25″ (Base W 12.5″ D 11.5″, Top W 5″ Top D 1.5″)
Weight 17 lbs. each

Video below of Philippe Starck and Henri Seydoux, CEO of Parrot, discussing the creation of the Zikmu speakers. (more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,600.00
Available from: DWR

Eklipse Music System

I swear, make a music player with an iPod dock, paint it shiny black (and keep it minimal) and you have yourself a willing audience waiting to send you money. It always helps if it sounds good, of course. There’s a bunch of Sonoro Systems on sale through Gilt Groupe, so if you’re one of those willing, you might want to take a look.

Eklipse Music System, $499.00 $365.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $365.00
Available from: Gilt Groupe

Lacie Sound2 USB Speakers

I swear by my Lacie Firewire Speakers. They’re self powered, sound good, and look like little smoke stacks. I won’t think twice about buying another set if they ever break. But this new, updated version looks very tempting…

*has a built-in USB cable, so you won’t lose it, nor will you have a tangle of wires.
*dual power mode allows you to use the speakers with a USB cable or with the included power supply.
*30W power output
*Plug & play, driver-free for Mac and PC

Purchase Information:

Price: $100
Availability: Buy Lacie Sound2 USB Speakers here

Pig Speaker by Idea

Too cute. Not only do I eat pork, but I think they’re totally adorable as inanimate objects. Conflict of interest with earthy-crunchy types? Maybe, but I’d rather this than a talking carrot. Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” just took on new meaning.

Material: Ceramic
Designer: Idea
Dimensions: 3.5 x 7.25 x 4 inches
Available in black, white, and gold

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Availability: Buy Pig Speaker by Idea here

Q speakers

So, you audiophiles, what do you think of this? I’ve never claimed to be an expert on sound, but this has some serious style to it. While currently it’s available through special order, there are a few Limited Editions in Silver Beech that are priced at $1600. Not cheap, certainly, but it looks like the people behind the speaker have put some thought into sustainability and quality, and we all know you get what you pay for (usually).

Designed by Grier Govorko and hand-crafted in New Zealand from real wood, Q-speakers use highly efficient Class D amplification to deliver 60W of smooth audio in stereo to you, the listener. Hidden from view, the mid/high speakers create an ‘all-around’ sound, the listener can be in front, behind, to the side and the sound remains perfect. This is made possible by what we call ‘reflective-sound’. Dave Levine, the genius responsible for the Red Hot Chili Peppers live sound, dreamt up this unique concept. Q-speakers adopted it.

Limited Edition collection starts at $1600.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $1600.00
Availability: Buy Q speakers here

Ceramic Speakers by Joey Roth

These technically aren’t available right this very second*, but you can pre-order them now and receive them in early November.

Typical speakers are designed to play even the most compressed or poorly recorded track. They gloss over the details that give high-resolution music its depth. The Ceramic Speakers custom-made drivers, porcelain and cork enclosures, and Tripath amplifier reveal every nuance. They will show the difference between lossless and mp3 files, and will unlock vinyls richness.

System includes: Two ceramic speakers, Amplifier based on the Tripath 2024 T-Amp with gold-plated binding posts, 1/8? input, cast iron base, 16-gauge oxygen-free copper speaker cables with banana plug termination, interconnects for RCA and 1/8? sources

*eff it. If everyone else is going to post these speakers before they are available to buy, then I will too.

Purchase Information:

Price: $495.00
Availability: Buy Ceramic Speakers by Joey Roth here

Geneva Home Theatre System

Whoa, talk about being serious about your sound system, this mother of all grandaddy home theatres will house your speakers (don’t worry, that includes a subwoofer), iPod dock, CD player, and AM/FM radio, plus there’s room to add in your DVD player and other components. It doesn’t look too bad either. (more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,995.00
Availability: Buy Geneva Home Theatre System here

 
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