Clean, Simple, Elegant design is one way to describe these speakers from NW3. Hand crafted, high quality, and choice materials is another.”
NW3 is a Germany based interdisciplinary collective where products are designed, manufactured and distributed in close collaboration with local craftsmen and businesses. In addition NW3 tries to explore alternative forms of production and graphic shapes. The NW3 speakers create a natural looking and sounding stereo system that can be used in every area of your house.
The drivers are manufactured by the Danish company Pearless. The simple box housing, is made from local wood, solvent-free stain and protected with natural wax finish. All work is done by a small carpenters workshop in Germany. The front speaker grills are made of powder-coated steel that compliments the simple shape and lines of the speakers.
“Our products are simple and reticent. It is not our intention to make just beautiful forms. We are concentrated on function, comprehensibility, ecology and durability.”
I actually own a set of the original Harman Kardon Soundsticks. I’ve had them for about 6 years and I really do love them. The clear plastic design helps them fade away into the background of the room, and they put out some solid sound. (at least my rock scarred ear drums think so. I’m probably not the best judge though thanks to my punk rock years) Like all speaker systems, actually like all modern electronics, one thing that has always bugged me are the wires. With the original Soundsticks there are copious amounts of cable, but now Harman Kardon SoundSticks have been updated into a wireless version.
SoundSticks III now use Bluetooth technology to deliver a signal to the six-inch subwoofer, and two satellite speakers with eight full-range drivers. The speakers still deliver 40 watts of amplification which won’t blow the windows out of your humble abode, but will fill a good sized room with lots of sound. Harman Kardon Soundsticks III can seamlessly stream audio from any of your Bluetooth enabled devices. No word on iPhone 5 support, so I know I won’t be buying these right away. They will be going on the wish list though.
I’ve always been fascinated with old school stereo console units. Especially mid-century ones that had a sleek modern look to them. There is something about the self-contained entertainment console with sturdy wood construction that appeals to me. It probably has something to do with my obsession about not seeing any cords, or wires.
Symbol Audio is resurrecting the stereo console in a very upscale and stylish way with units like the Modern Record Console which pays homage to all in one console hifi systems of the 1950’s and early 1960’s.
Modern Record Console is a hand-built stereo designed by Blake Tovin and Matt Richmond. It features things like a custom designed hand-wired tube amplifier, wireless connectivity, a carbon fiber tonearm fitted with a Sumiko Blue Point #2 cartridge for playing vinyl and two 6.5” full range speakers. All of this is stored inside of a steel and wood cabinet that looks absolutely fantastic with clean lines and a deep walnut finish.
Like the flagship Modern Record Console, Symbol Audio also produces a table top stereo and a record cabinet for holding your vinyl, and CD collections. Both units are equally well designed and built. You can see the entire collection here.
When I first saw images of this I thought to myself, “there should be a little guy in lederhosen blowing in the end of this thing, while another little lederhosen guy shouts out Ricola”. (my mind is filled with cold meds that are having an impact on my imagination)
OK enough of that nonsense. When it comes to passive amplifiers for the iPod or iPhone, this new release from en&is is pretty damn sexy.
The Megaphone amplifier for the iphone is made from porcelain and designed to amplify the audio produced by the built in speaker on your phone. The amplifier sits on a thin wooden frame so the amplifier rests in a cradle that almost feels like an old school pipe stand. The stand has a very functional design purpose though. It helps to increase audio vibration and optimize sound output. I couldn’t find any specs on this. That statement is based on the designers website. I have no idea what this actually sounds like but it sure looks amazing.
MegaPhone Satellite 2011 is designed for the iPhone is perfect for listening music without headphones, for audio conference to hear the person on the phone as live voice.