Sound Systems

Speak-er

It just might be worth the wait for these computer speakers. Standing at 4 inches high, they’re small enough to do the job without taking up too much desk space.

Speak-er are high-qualtiy multimedia speakers that plug directly into your computer or MP3 player. Their iconic shape put the “speak” in speakers. Set includes a left and right speaker and power adapter.

Construction: Polished white ABS housing with matte black steel grille (additional specs)
Dimensions: H 4″ x W 6″ x L 2″ per speaker

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Availability: Buy Speak-er here

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Vers 1.5r Sound System

This looks to have a compact footprint and great style, so you have little excuse for settling on less-than-par sound for your iPod.

By popular demand, we’ve created the ideal compact AM/FM sound system for iPod with the full, rich sound you’ve come to expect from Vers. The 1.5R is a true ‘hybrid’: great as a bedside alarm, even better in the kitchen, den or office… anywhere great sound belongs.

Vers 1.5R is available in Cherry, Natural Walnut, Dark Walnut, Bamboo, Black Gloss and White Gloss finishes. Finished by hand, each Vers system takes over a week to build and each one is unique. It sounds as good as it looks; there’s simply no substitute for the rigid, 9 mm thick walls of a Vers cabinet for accurate sound reproduction.

$199.00-$219.99, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00-$219.99
Availability: Buy Vers 1.5r Sound System here

Ferguson Hill mini speakers

Admittedly, I know next to nothing about sound equipment. I’m content with my cheapo turntable and the speakers that came with my cd player. Not only do these look really cool, but I’m told they are worth the high price.

Thanks Mike!

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $995
Availability: Buy Ferguson Hill mini speakers here

GLOW Amp One

I admit I know next to nothing about audio/stereo equipment. Other than the fact that the sound system I have sounds a whole lot better than just the built-in speakers that come with the TV or computer, if you asked me any other questions I’d be blank. But I do know a few proper audiophiles, and they think highly of tube amps. I’d be curious to see how it sounds compared to what the rest of us have…it certainly looks pretty nice.

About the size of a shoe box, the versatile and simple to use GLOW Amp One is a classic stereo tube amplifier – with a twist – every GLOW amplifier comes equipped with a USB input so you can use your computer, iPod, cd player or even television as a HI FI music source. Just add speakers, the results are amazing.

Not only does it provide the smooth, silky and detailed sound that tube amps are famous for, it looks stunning. The GLOW Amp One is one stereo that is artful enough in design to display as part of your living environment. Forget those ugly “black box” stereo components. The GLOW Amp One simply sparkles… nothing catches attention more than the subtle glow of those little tubes!

The GLOW Amp One is hand crafted and built to last, but costs a fraction of what you would expect to pay for designer audio gear. Comes in your choice of eye popping colors and for a limited time GLOW is offering a free iPod docking station with every purchase.

11.5″ (L) x 5.5″ (W) x 6″ (H).

$648.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $648.00
Availability: Buy GLOW Amp One here

USB Turntable

Fantasize about digitizing your life?

Turn all those dusty LPs into digital gold with this USB-ready turntable, or get started on that career as a DJ. Both MAC and PC compatible, it’s easy as pie with a plug-and-play guarantee and easy-to-use software that’ll have your hot tracks jockeying on the decks and on your MP3 player. The belt-drive turntable has two convenient start-stop buttons for multiple setup options, as well as anti-skating, 33 1/3 and 45 speeds (plus a 45 adapter), RCA and USB lines out, a 1/8″ stereo input, a built-in pre-amplifier, a cartridge and stylus, and rubber feet that won’t slip. The turntable also comes with all the software and cords you’ll need to get set up in a jiffy.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $150
Availability: Buy USB Turntable here

Phonofone II – Limited Edition Black

The
Phonofone II is now available in black(!).

“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 II inventively exploits the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibels.”

Material: Ceramic
11″ x 9.5″ x 20″ (28 x 25 x 51 cm)

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Availability: Buy Phonofone II – Limited Edition Black here

Phonofone II Ipod Speaker

We’ve probably all seen this before as a concept piece, but they’re now in production and taking pre-orders for shipment in April.

The Phonofone amplifies the sound that comes out of your earbuds and is made entirely from ceramic. Not only does it function entirely without electricity (other than the Ipod, ofcourse), but it’s quite a stunning sculptural piece as well.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Availability: Buy Phonofone II Ipod Speaker here

500xl Computer Speakers

500 times larger than your earbuds, these desk top speakers mess around with your sense of scale. Clever.

“500XL includes a built-in amp and 3-way power – it runs on batteries or you can connect it to your computer’s USB port with the supplied cord.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy 500xl Computer Speakers here

Woofer Speaker System

Here are some speakers that would certainly make a statement.

‘Pun intended, the “Woofer” is a co-axial speaker system consisting of two dogs. The custom engineered electronic filters make for great sound, and the aesthetics – well, you’ve definitely got two new best friends.’

Price shown for a set of two.

20″H x 11.5″W x 17″D (per speaker)
Material: Polyester.

Speaker: 60watt – 180 watt RMS, 4 ohm impedance.

Purchase Information:

Price: $999.00
Availability: Buy Woofer Speaker System here

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.

Size : 5.3″ tall x 3.5″ wide
Output: 8W audio; 4W per channel
Driver: High excursion neodymium driver
Software: Windows drivers on CD; no software required for Mac
System Requirements : Mac or PC with powered FireWire 400 (6-pin) port; Mac OS 10.3.5 or higher / Windows2000, Windows XP

(This item’s link and price was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00
Availability: Buy fire wire speakers here

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

 
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