Colorful, Compact and Kickass Amphion Helium 410 Speakers

amphion helium 410 speakers
Amphion helium speakers

The Helium 410 from Finland’s Amphion is a compact loudspeaker of modern design that works without a subwoofer and is suited to the rapidly changing technological lifestyle. Advanced engineering gives them full-bodied sound and clarity despite their small size whether you’re watching a movie on your tv or streaming music. Read more

New Soundflasks Are Bluetooth Speakers That Let You Drink In The Music.

iHome soundflasks

iHome, the best-selling digital speaker brand since 2006, has launched their Soundflask Bluetooth Speakers. A big hit at CES (and selling out quickly) are the portable wireless gadgets that are shaped like pocket liquor flasks. Read more

Grain Audio. Solid Walnut Wood Meets Technology For Sound Design.

Grain Audio Products

Two ex-Altec Lansing guys, an architect/furniture designer and a liquor industry operational expert combined their tastes and talents to launch Grain Audio. A company that creates beautifully executed audio products, each with has an integral wooden component to it. Solid, not veneered, the design has a positive impact on sound quality and unique grain structure, turning each piece of equipment into a one-of-a-kind design object. Read more

The Timbre Speaker by Casey Lin

21 year old Casey Lin is working on her Bachelor of Design Innovation at the Victoria University of Wellington. With a Bachelor of Architectural Studies already under her belt, the New Zealand based Chinese designer is primarily focused on product design, with a special interest in furniture, jewellery, lighting and household electronics. One of her most recent projects is the Timbre Speaker, an unusual design I wanted to share with you.


Timbre Speaker trims the essence of a speaker down to the very bare minimum, allowing the inherent qualities of the materials to become the centerpiece of the design. All superfluous detail is stripped away, leaving only the necessary audio and power ports at the rear, and combined power and volume dial.

Wood and glass were selected for their favourable acoustic qualities which enhances the audio experience of the user. The Black American Walnut wood adds a warmth to the tone, while the addition of the glass vessels bring a more reverberant characteristic to the music.


Surface transducers are mounted on the interior of the wooden box, vibrating the surface and turning the box into a speaker. The glass vessels act as physical equalizers, where the vibrations transfer through the wood into the glass and changes the timbre of the sound. The wooden box can act as a standalone speaker, or alternatively, vessels of other material, size or shape can be placed on the speaker to change the sound according to the users taste.

Timbre Speaker has an elegant, yet playful feel to it, users are encouraged to experiment with different objects and placements to find the timbre they enjoy the most.


above: Designer Casey Lin
all images, video and description courtesy of Casey Lin.

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Art? Or Speakers? With Artcoustic, It’s Two, Two, Two Objects in One.

artcoustic speakers

Why have ugly speakers (wall-mounted or otherwise) when they can double as wall art? Artcoustic Speakers are a range of high end audio loudspeakers, all of which can be ‘hidden’ by several different art options digitally printed on textile covers. Choose from various artists’ work… including your own. Read more