The Buddha Goes Boom: An Audio Speaker System?

The Buddha Goes Boom: An Audio Speaker System?

Gregory Han
Oct 8, 2010

Certainly one of the strangest, if not slightly inappropriate use, of a religious figure. TON Art inexplicably decided the Buddha would not only make for a dramatic decorative lighting piece, but also should hide and house a speaker system (for enjoying monk chants, perhaps?). Buddhist elements as decor is a controversial issue in itself, but this $43,000 lighting and audio decorative item might take the cake.

From the TON Art site:

The Floating Buddha serenely floats on a bed of light – an illusion created by invisible acrylic rods that sit on top of an inverted base covered in 23k gold leaf. Two lights provide the dramatic lighting effects: one, pointing at the bottom of the Buddha which is also gold-leafed and lacquered as is the whole Buddha; the other pointing down onto an internal golden pyramid containing four 5" speakers, disburses its light through the hand-hammered holes in the metal box.

Specifications
Dimensions / Weight
·Height: 74"; Width: 35"; Depth: 26"; Weight 150 lbs.
Material
·Fiberglass, plywood, acrylic tubes, galvanized metal, fabric, 23K gold leaf
Sound

  • Four 5" Dual Centric Speakers
  • Average/Peak Power: 60/240 W
  • Frequency Range: 80 - 54 khz
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.5 khz
  • Nom. Imedance @ Sug. Amp Output: 8 Ohm @ 120 W

Light
·One 20W Halogen ( 9V w/built-in transformer ); built-in switch & dimmer

Yeah, something tells us our Buddhist-raised girlfriend isn't going to be fond of the notion of a gold leaf, $43,000 audio and lighting decorative item. What next? A HTPC Virgin Mary?

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