Speaker Manufacturers Turn Up The Volume On Design. The 20 Wildest Speakers.

The 20 wildest speakers

The 20 Wildest Speakers.
When I grew up, in the seventies, you basically had few choices when it came to speakers. The average consumer deliberated between JBL or Kenwood while the audiophile went for Cambridge Soundworks, Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen. Besides wattage output, your biggest deciding factor was whether or not you wanted wood paneled speakers or all black.

The 20 Wildest Speakers

Well, boy has that changed. Speakers are no longer even called “speakers“. Now they are ‘loudspeakers’ or ‘sound systems’ or even referred to as ‘audio output devices.’ Made from stainless steel, glass, acrylic, ceramic and more, speakers of every shape and size are popping up. Whether they are floor standing, shelf-sitting, or wall mounted, there’s no shortage of unusual designs from which to choose.

Technologically, they are far superior than decades ago. And rather than bog down this blog with technical specs, let me simply share with you some of the designs. Some beautiful, some ….butt ugly. And give you links to the manufacturers so you can drool over the details on your own time.

Let’s start looking at the 20 wildest speakers starting with one of the most blogged about that were an expected hit at this year’s CES; Ross Lovegrove’s Muon Speakers for KEF:

the 20 wildest speakers
Ross Lovegrove with his Kef Speakers for Muon
KEF Muon speakers
The KEF Muon speakers by Ross Lovegrove
Read all about them here.

Loiminchay (a company known for making high end writing instruments- aka ‘pens’) Audio has emerged with new line of wood high end audio speakers, named after famous painters:
See more here.

Also unveiled at this years’ CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Davone Audio’s Rithm Speakers:
davone audio rithm speakers

Rithm Loudpeakers
The new Rithm Loudpeakers, clearly influenced by classic danish design, in various woods.

Learn more about them here: Davone audio.

I just love Ferguson-Hill’s Horn loudspeaker and bass unit:
Ferguson hill horn speakers
See their range of products here.

Goldmund’s Logos Speaker System have the ultra hi-tech look:

Goldmund's Logos Speaker System
Goldmund‘s Logos range: the Logos1 monitor and the Logos2 active subwoofer.

Cabasse’s Baltic Evoltion speakers come in either pearl and wenge wood or wild cherry wood with black pearl:
Cabasse Baltic Evoltion speakers
See Cabasse’s full line of products here.

Duevel’s Planet Series below- also available in many colors- has received plenty of press:
Duevel Planet Series speakers
above: See the full line of Duevel products here.

The new Klipsch Palladium P-39F Floorstander:
Klipsch Palladium P-39F Floorstander:
See more Klipsch speakers here.

The Nucleus® Reference AV Loudspeaker from Anthony Gallo Acoustics:
Nucleus® Reference AV Loudspeaker
above: available in black, white, stainless or grey
Visit Anthony Gallo Acoustics here.

Waterfall Audio makes stunning glass speakers in many shapes and sizes:
Waterfall audio glass speakers
See the above model and more glass speakers here.

Avantgarde Acoustic´s Horn Loudspeaker Systems:
Avantgarde Acoustic Horn Loudspeaker Systems
Check them all out here: Avante Garde Accoustic

German Physiks:
German Physiks speakers
above: Just some of the various speakers by German Physiks

The Purity- a hybrid electrostatic loudpeaker from Martin Logan:
Martin logan purity loudspeaker
above: Martin Logan’s Purity loudpeaker in cherry.

Hungarian design firm Gepetto has just released their new AiR1, a state of the art high end electrostatic loudspeaker:
gepetto speakers from hungary
Read about it here.

Verity Audio has clean modern looking systems in either natural woods or color:
Verity Audio speakers
See more finishes and styles of Verity Audio speakers here.

Bang + Olufsens’ beo 9:
Bang + Olufsen beo 9
Available in four colors, see them all here.

Everything But the Box has their Terra loudspeakers that can be custom colored (no longer available):
everything but the box speakers
See them all here.

The Talon Firebird, manufactured by Rives Audio:
Rives Audio Talon Firebord speakers
See Talon Speakers here.

And now…some of the biggest, boldest and, well…. butt-ugliest speakers out there:

The G1 Giya Loudspeakers/ Vivid Audio:
G1 Giya Loudspeakers
above: Vivid Audio’s huge and heinous G1 GIYA speakers

Another large and odd entry into the market is Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus Speakers:
Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus SpeakersNautilus Speaker colors
Read more about The B&W Nautilus here

Acapella Audio Art of Germany makes some of the BIGGEST Speakers:
Acapella Audio Campanile Triolon Excaliber speakers
above left: the Campanile Speakers; above right: Triolon Excaliber

acapella audio giant speakers
See more at Acapella.

I really could go on and on, but the aforementioned show a good variation in style, price and design.

Okay audiophiles, I know there are many more high-end audio manufacturers than listed below, but it’s a start. Go nuts and click away: