We'll be happy when the whole idea of "blinging" anything out goes the way of the doo-doo, but we're impressed enough with these faceted cut-glass enclosed Harman Kardon GLA-55 speakers to give them some love. Looking like a home entertainment component in Superman's crystal Fortress of Solitude, these speakers are spec'ed out inside and out to impress....
The speakers sport "100-watt bi-amplified digital amplifier coupled with DSP equalization, Atlas AL drivers and woofers, plus a CMMD tweeter", designed with Steam Punk aesthetic in mind according to Kurt Solland, the VP of ID at Harman Kardon.
"The idea was to meld high-tech with craftsman styling and pushing 'Steam Punk' in an elegant way. For the technology side, there are integrated digital amplifiers with special drivers and a proprietary port to allow this to be your complete sound system. All you have to do is plug it in, throw away your old 'boxy' speakers and enjoy. For the design side, I balanced the outside, inside and refractive aesthetic. The outside surfaces had to work harmoniously with the inside surfaces which both had to combine with the refractive nature of the facetsâ€¦whew! It a way it was kind of like painting with light by utilizing each individual interior as an art installation, it certainly was a very delicate 'chord' to balance just right."
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