For something used daily, home stereo speakers often strangely fall into the eyesore category of design, but we've rounded up some audio marvels that break that mold. From a butterfly-inspired sound sculpture to an elegant tabletop speaker made of bamboo, these architectural wonders are a modernist's dream. Think outside the bulky black box with these gorgeous speakers for your home.
We've gotten giddy over Libratone's sleek speakers before, but since the goods were only available in the UK, we could only dream of a Scandinavian-influenced home stereo experience. Design geeks will be happy to hear Libratone has officially brought its minimalist look to the US with the launch of the wireless Live and Lounge speakers. They use Apple AirPlay technology to stream music from their Mac or PC iTunes libraries as well as songs stored on an iOS device through their WiFi networks.
Each speaker incorporates what is called FullRoom technology to ensure the full acoustic, clear sound is heard throughout the room via a single (and supremely stylish) speaker. The focus on design is reflected in the speakers' materials, which are crafted from luxe Italian cashmere, chrome, and wood.
At 40 inches long the Lounge was created with larger living room spaces in mind, and is available in gray, black, and beige for $1,300 or red and green for $1,400. Intended for smaller spaces, the Live also comes in gray, black, and beige cashmere for $700 or red and green cashmere for $800. Both Libratone speakers are available in the Apple Store.
Wires and cables can create clutter, which can cause a lot of stress for those folks (like myself) that crave organization and clean surfaces. If I had my way, everything would be wireless 'cause it's just more convenient! I've been recently on the hunt for some cord-free speakers to place around my apartment, and it seems I've hit the jackpot with these.
Called the Libratone Beat, these speakers connect to your iDevices and computers via an Apple 30 pin connector or USB transmitter, and can fill your room with sound thanks to its multi-directional innards and open-backed design — no wires required. Use your Mac or PC, Apple TV, Airport, or iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad with the transmitters, or wire it up the old fashioned way (if you must) to your mobile phone or TV with the mini jack connector.
Find out more about the Libratone Beat (including where and when you can get your hands on one) after the jump.