Speakers for your home audio system come in many shapes and sizes, some more decor-friendly than others. Here are 10 speaker designs that make listening a visually inviting experience. Just remember, always make sure to audition speakers before you buy - as we all know, looks can sometimes be deceiving.
The Drop and Mini Pod are two whimsical speaker designs from Scandya of Denmark. These little guys help create that retro chic look for your pad.Bowers & Wilkins of the UK make the lovely PM1 speakers with gentle curves. Charming wood grain trim and the Nautilus tube loaded tweeter easily fit into most rooms.PMC is another British builder of home and professional speakers. With the model Twenty-21 you get a 2 way speaker with studio heritage. Not content to be just plain speakers, the Twenty-21 provide lovely veneers and rhombus like styling.
The R300 from KEF gives the drivers a fully exposed look with tasteful accents. With a sort-of charming elegance, the speakers drivers are surrounded by aluminium trim against wood cabinets.
Amphion, a Finnish audio firm, produces the Ion+ speakers. The Dieter Ram influenced design gets even more attention with optional speaker grill colors. This simple 2 way design is equally at home on your desk or on a small shelf.
Don't want a traditional looking speaker box? The Mojo is a 1 foot tall omni-directional speaker that emites sound all around - 360 degrees. Built in Denmark by Davone, it also sports a downward firing sub.
Dali recently introduced this futuristic speaker called the Fazon F5. A handsome looker, this mid-sized slender speaker sits on a metal base and has 3 different high gloss finishes available.
Lindeman of Germany builds this compact 2-way speaker (in its Birdland series) named the BL-10. With white ceramic coated drivers and simple veneers, the BL-10 creates a clean modern contrast that continues down to its own custom stands/mounts.
Davone also produces this Eames inspired pair called the Ray. The curvy molded wood cabinets uses 2 speaker drivers, and attaches to special cut steel legs. This striking pair of speakers may command attention, but they also have a laid-back appearance.
last but not least, The Elixir monitor built by Hansen Audio of Canada gives you sleek and skinny looks with a top grade automotive paint finish or optional faux leather. Your silver rocket of sound awaits for take-off.
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