Speakers as Objets d’art

Some speakers will always follow the Mies van der Rohe theory of design, boxy and austere.  They can sound fantastic, like Maggies. but if you’re not looking to camouflage your system, there are plenty of stylized speakers out there.  Designed mostly by small manufacturers, they can be a wink and a nod towards the Spouse Approval Factor, or simply give the listener an opportunity to show off his or her unique style.  Here’s a (very brief) collection of functional speaker art.  Which other designs should be included? Comment and share!

 

Esoteric

Esoteric

 

Echelon Audio

Echelon Audio

 

Mancave Metal

Mancave Metal

 

Orion-4

Orion-4

vivid audio GIYA G3

Vivid Audio GIYA G3

 

Wavebox's horn

Wavebox’s horn

B&W's Blueroom Baby Dada

B&W’s Blueroom Baby Dada

 

Fred Williamson's Coration

Fred Williamson’s Coration

MBL

MBL

 

KEF's Blade

KEF’s Blade

 

B&W's Emphasis

B&W’s Emphasis

 

So what are some of the funkiest or most interesting speakers you’ve seen?  Do you care what they look like as long as they sound good?  Or do you prefer to go the traditional route?  Let us know in the comments!

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