Aether Cone: Classic or Futuristic

There are certain things we should keep from classic design, but we should always remember that modern works, too. Aether Cone, a stunning example of old and new together, is a wireless-enabled speaker that can play music and podcasts via an iOS7 device. Continue reading


Pulpop MP3 Speaker: Natural Amplification

The Pulpop MP3 Speaker by Balance Wu Design reminds me of those ubiquitous white lifesaver candies. It only reminds me in form, not quantity, because the Pulpop Speaker seems like a very rare item, and those lifesavers are everywhere. Continue reading

RichardSolo Freewheelin’ Audio System: The Soundtrack to Safety

There is a real danger to riding your bike with earbuds shoved in and volume turned up. Either along mountain trails or speeding along a road, blocking ambient noise with music is a risk to your situational awareness. It’s safe to hear what’s going on around you. But it’s also fun to have a soundtrack, too. The RichardSolo Freewheelin’ Audio System is perfect for the cyclist or skater who needs some tunes but wants to stay focused on potential hazards. Continue reading


JBL Voyager: The Spaceship Speaker

The Voyager Program, decades old now, was an initiative that launched two probes into outerspace. On board both Voyager 1 and 2 was a golden record that will broadcast the sounds of Earth, from Bach to whale songs. I assume the Voyager speaker from JBL had some inspiration from the iconic spacecraft, and it was a good source of influence. Continue reading


CAIXA Cabinet with Speakers: (A)Symmetrical

The most impressive thing about the CAIXA Cabinet, beyond the efficient angles and flat colors, more than the flush doors and drawers, is the fact that it manages complete symmetry with an exciting asymmetrical flourish. Continue reading


Clio Speaker: The Invisibility of Sound

Interior design has a lot to do with pairing and contrasting color and form. Sometimes, we can’t always get our couch to fit with the color of our walls, or our speakers with our entertainment center. When the prospect of arranging a room according to a certain theme makes you want to scream out, sometimes the antidote is looking to those things that look like they weren’t designed at all. Clio, a speaker from Clearview Audio, is literally designed to disappear. Continue reading


Pulse Wireless Speaker: The Futuristic Lava Lamp

The Pulse Wireless Sound System from JBL looks like it was designed 500 years in the future. At only some seven inches tall, the cylindrical speaker with a black body looks like a very benign piece of consumer electronics. But it is actually the future version of that very groovy invention, the lava lamp. Continue reading


Libratone Loop: The Dapper Speaker

What is made with fine Italian wool that rings out sound at 120 watts? The Libratone Loop. A beveled, disc-shaped speaker that can be mounted on the wall or supported by a removable stand, the Libratone Loop is a marvel of color and sound. Continue reading


Desktop Gramophone: Antique speakers for the digital age

The phonograph, or gramophone, was introduced in 1877 as an early device to record and playback sound. It’s a memorable piece of technology, well known for the huge horn that amplified the sound. These days, Gramophones might not be useful to anyone but the most intense collectors. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it’s iconic shape, still. Continue reading


The Wall of Sound 2.0: To Wage Musical Wars

At almost 500 pounds and with a width of five feet, the Wall of Sound 2.0 is, undoubtedly, the world’s biggest, and perhaps loudest iPhone speaker in the world. The Swedish-manufactured, hand-made speaker system is a tower of 8000 watts of sound on which your iPhone might look a little ridiculous. Continue reading