These speakers all look like they landed from space and I’m extremely here for it
A lot of theses speakers are, um, not cheap.
Speaker systems are the best way to improve your home listening. From single Bluetooth speakers to whole-house systems, sometimes you just need to pump up the jams.
You could go out and get some boring, normal-looking bookshelf speakers, but that would be boring. What you want is a conversation starter. A piece of home decor that also doubles as a capable set of speakers. That way, your speakers look like the sound – amazing.
We’ve rounded up some of the best and weirdest speakers out there. Be warned – some of the price tags will make your eyes water. Without further ado, let’s check these out.
Want your speaker system to look like it’s about to hatch a face-hugger from Aliens? Pantheone Audio has you covered with the Pantheone I speaker. The Pantheon in Rome inspired its hand-made exterior, with a central oculus that lets light flood through the speaker.
The curved aesthetic isn’t just to birth creatures from another planet. Those unnerving curves also help with “near-perfect acoustics” according to Pantheone. Those acoustics come from internal subwoofers, two Hi-Fi midrange drivers, and four tweeters, to blanket your room in sound.
Oh, and it’s Alexa-enabled, so you can buy the most expensive Echo speaker on the planet, and not have to worry about the cheap plastic used in Amazon’s version.
Mars by Crazybaby
If you really want your speakers to look like they just landed from outer space, the Mars by Crazybaby is the way to go. That’s not a photo editing trick, the Bluetooth speakers really do levitate. Freaking magnets, how do they work?
The base unit houses the magnets that keep the saucer in the air and doubles up as a subwoofer for some extra oomph. You can chain two together for stereo sound. I’ve got one of these and watching the speaker fly up into the air never gets old. There are also a few lighting effects for full “whoa, did you see that?” feels.
Edifier might be better known for their normal looking speakers, but the out-of-this-world curves of the e25HD are sure to impress. These mini-eggs fill your room with bass, from 3-inch woofers and a passive bass radiator in that rear split.
They’re packed with connectivity, from Bluetooth 4.0 to optical and aux input, so you can use them with all your devices. Get the separately sold stands as well, to make them look like they’re going faster than light.
Okay before we dive into the oddness of the PNOE, I hope you are sitting comfortably. A set of these bad boys will dent your wallet to the tune of 68,000 € (that’s $80k). That’s before you invest in the amplifiers needed to drive these mammoth horns, which wouldn’t be out of place on a giant’s bedside table.
What do you get for that kind of cash? Well, you get a single-driver speaker like no other. That lengthy horn amplifies the bass response while keeping the sound from interference. It’ll sound every bit as good as you’d expect from something that costs as much as a luxury sedan.
We got it, this puppy is expensive. If you need something that falls in line with your budget, have a look at the top Bluetooth speakers under fifty dollars.
Sony LSPX-S2 Glass speaker
Is it a digital candle? Is it a Bluetooth speaker? Well, it’s kind of both, with Sony’s crazy glass speaker tech that blends a Bluetooth speaker into home decor. Maybe it’s a Transformer in disguise. All we know is that it comes with Spotify Connect, WiFi and Bluetooth, USB-C to recharge the eight-hour battery, and that vibrating “organic glass” tube that creates the sound waves.
Sound from this exotic speaker is sent in all 360 degrees, with a detailed presentation that’s full of volume. You can chain them together to get stereo sound. At $400 each, that’s going to be out of reach for most.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9
Need a speaker that can double up as a satellite dish to discover life from beyond our galaxy? Bang & Olufsen has you covered, with the Beoplay A9. Looking like a combination between a satellite dish, a whiteboard and one of those stools that every kindergarten is equipped with, this stylish speaker brings room-filling sound with its seven drivers.
You can put it anywhere as it has active room compensation, so it tweaks the sound based on its surroundings. You can wall-mount it if you don’t like the tripod legs. It’s got AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth, as well as WiFi so you don’t need any wires other than the power cord.
Harman Kardon Aura Studio 2
Harman Kardon’s Aura Studio 2 looks like it was designed as an incubator for alien eggs. The sound that it puts out is certainly out of this world. You also get bias lighting to show off that iconic transparent design.
It gets ten hours of battery life from the integrated rechargeable battery and comes with 360-degree sound due to its design. Bluetooth connectivity from up to two devices rounds up the package.
Bowers & Wilkins Wedge
Bowers & Wilkins want to drive a wedge between you and your wallet with this Bluetooth speaker, the Formation Wedge. It’s like someone took a 120-degree slice from a cake and turned it into a wireless speaker.
The company is known for their quality sound, and this Wedge should be no different. It’s got advanced wireless technology for both streaming and setting up multi-room playback. Sound is handled by a subwoofer, two mid-range and two tweeters for house-filling sound.
Sound-e-Motion M10-5 BF
For $4,500 you can have a pair of wooden balls, lovingly crafted in Russia from hundreds of slices of hardwood. They remind me of snail’s eyestalks and wouldn’t be out of place on a starship on the way to unexplored frontiers.
They’re full of purity and coherence, apparently. We can’t get close enough to one to listen, as we’re phobic of eye stalks. You’ll want to pair them with a subwoofer to add some oomph. Still, if you’re a fan of the butcher-block look, you’ve found the speakers of your dreams.
Gravastar Mars Pro
Gravastar knows how to make sci-fi speakers, and the Mars Pro is their flagship. Maybe that’s more literal than most brands, as it looks like it’s invading your planet. Space crab? Robot invader? You decide, but the sound must be experienced.
Expect lots and lots of bass, but you’ll also get tightly defined mids and highs. We like that, with no discernable distortion even at full whack. You can link two units together for stereo sound too.
FHOO7 Mini speaker system
There seems to be a theme going on in this round-up of see-through speakers and the FH007’s are no exception. This time they’re crafted from quality acrylic, separating out the driver units to avoid the usual sound interference issues caused by putting drivers into a closed box.
That also makes them perfect to reproduce vocals, as the shape of the horns amplifies the sound without distortion. Add the ability to connect to them via Bluetooth, mini-jack, or phono, and you’ve got a winning package with galactic levels of sound.
Unique speakers can make your living space pop
While the sound quality from your speakers is important, we feel that they should look good too. Your living space is uniquely yours, shouldn’t the same be true for your speakers?
Now, not every unique looking speaker has sounds to match. That said, you don’t have to have boring, rectangles covered in audio fabric. There is another way. A quirkier way. A way that looks as interesting as the music you want to play.
The best part? Most of the totally unique looking speakers have some form of wireless connectivity, so you don’t have to ruin your aesthetic with speaker wires. Awesome.
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