Check out these flashy speakers that are a mix of extreme engineering and unreal aesthetics — perfect to jazz up your festive fervour.
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This is the world’s first single apparent source speaker — the production version of the Concept Blade project KEF revealed in 2009. Its sonic capabilities as well as the futuristic design are so impressive that serious audiophiles would actually love it. Do not be surprised to spot an eye-watering price tag attached to it.
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As Bang & Olufsen claims, the 137 kg BeoLab 90 is a perfect mix of world-class design and acoustics. In our list, it’s the most outlandish speaker you can buy today. It flaunts an impressive 360-degree design and a variety of settings to give you incredible sound, regardless of its placement. BeoLab 90 has 18 state-of the-art scan-speak loudspeaker drivers placed carefully to deliver maximum performance in frequency, time and space. The amplifiers are capable of delivering up to 8,200 watts per speaker.
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Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3
It is the only stand mount speaker to feature studio-grade technology with Diamond dome tweeter. Packed with cutting-edge technologies, the sound quality of Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 is among the best. If you’re looking for stunning realism coupled with depth and detail, no other small speaker comes close.
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CAT Elite Speakers
California Audio Technology (CAT) is known for high-end, expensive audiophile and home theatre speakers. But its systems are often custom built, including customized design, engineering, project management and on-site engineering/calibration/tuning and more.
Apart from adding accuracy to the bass frequencies at all listening positions, its subwoofer bass balancing systems reduce listening fatigue.
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For those who don’t mind mixing tech with acoustics, SoundHound’s proposed smart speaker can be of interest. The Hurricane is a voice activated smart speaker with artificial intelligence.
It was unveiled recently on Kickstarter and is being developed by an audio company, Boombotix. The Hurricane uses voice recognition to process requests and stream audio content. Boombotix claims its personal algorithm software will learn your daily routine and tailor playlists to match your current activity.
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Grande Utopia EM
If you are ready to break the bank for acoustic excellence, the Focal Grande Utopia EM is a monster worth your attention. At 260 kg and more than two metres high, it may not be very stylish but its function justifies the shape.