Integrating speakers into your home has always been a hot topic. How are you supposed to do the worm in your living room if you're tripping over speakers and speaker wires? Two companies have developed solutions that integrate speakers not only into your walls, but add lighting to the mix for a product that does two jobs for the space of one.
Speaker manufacturer Artison has teamed up with lighting company Sylvania to create MusicLites, a wireless light-speaker combo. What looks like an x-large LED also contains a 70-millimeter speaker and wireless audio receiver. Just screw this bulb, which beams out the equivalent of a 65-watt reflective bulb, into a four-, five- or six-inch recessed can in your ceiling or wall. Audio is transmitted from a proprietary 2.4GHz wireless transceiver plugged into your computer, DVD player, TV, or smartphone using USB.
MusicLite kits will be available in the fall, thought they aren't the only company dabbling with the new tech. Klipsch's LightSpeaker (shown up top) is similar to the MusicLite in that it features both light and sound within the same product. The LED light can be installed into five- to six-inch light recesses, with a full-range driver beneath the LED that receives audio signals via a 2.4GHz base station plugged into just about any source.
Who wins this battle depends as much on audio and light quality as it does on pricing. The LightSpeaker, which is currently on back order, will run you $600 for a base station and two LightSpeakers (a single LightSpeaker goes for $250). MusicLite has yet to release its pricing.
We love the idea of using these in rooms where you don't necessarily have a stereo and don't want to rewire your home in order to stream audio to the kitchen. Plus, anyway to streamline how many gadgets are taking up floor space in your media room is a good thing.