Even the most beautifully designed audio systems can be aesthetically intrusive to those with a taste and preference for yesterday's designs and interiors. Sometimes you can just hide it all away from view, but I much prefer the idea of hiding it all in plain sight...
Bibliophiles may find the practice disagreeable, but old and forgotten hardbound books are often used as material for home hackery projects, such as disguising a wireless router, conversion into a tablet cover/case, a literary themed planter, or even used to build a full-sized kitchen counter.
But this bound book project by MAKE's Steve Hoefer may be my new favorite for its deceptive creativity. Steve hollowed out three similar sized books, reinforced each with a wooden frame (PDF template available here), and installed a small speaker and amplifier kit inside (with both an option for a battery powered unit or a wall powered version). The final bookshelf boombox can be placed vertically amongst real books or strategically placed on a bedside or side table (ideally partnered with an old extra portable MP3 player).
I'm imagining some frightfully funny uses for a book disguised speaker system like this for Halloween!
(Images: Steve Hoefer for MAKE)