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10 Unique Floorstanding Speakers That Will Turn Heads Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010
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10 Unique Floorstanding Speakers That Will Turn Heads
Davone Opera Morel





Davone RithmDavone Rithm

Davone of Denmark has one very interesting speaker in the Rithm.  It's a mix of gloss black side panels and a veneer of pressed walnut and beech.  What's more, it looks almost exactly like the Star Trek Starfleet insignia.

The Rithm is designed to mimic the shape of acoustic panels that are used in anechoic chambers to absorb sound, which allows it to further dampen internal reflections.  The trademark curve also helps with rigidity, and helps to rid the speaker of unnecessary vibrations.

Oheocha d2-xctO'heocha D2-XCT

Davone may have the Star Trek theme down, but O'heocha's D2-XCT takes the cake when it comes to speakers that look like something out of a science fiction movie.  They bring 1950s serials to mind specifically, and sport that extremely cool retro-future vibe.

The D2-XCT consists of a pair of steel plates which enclose the crossover system and 18 polished aluminum fins that give the crossover casing the look of a turbine.  It's odd to be sure, but it keeps the crossover cool.

It also features a trio of outrigger feet equipped with isolation spikes which keep unwanted resonance at bay.  They're also upgradeable, and can be altered to fit a 360 watt amp and 24-bit wireless connectivity.

SW Speakers Magic FluteSW Speakers Magic Flute

The SW Speakers Magic Flute uses the same jet turbine shape as the D2-XCT, but takes things a step further by isolating each speaker into its own individual cabinet.  The result is something that looks more like a plane wing than a loudspeaker but what it lacks in aesthetic charm; the Magic Flute aims to make up for with audio quality.

SW Speakers says that the separation and turbine shape help to create audio that's free from outside interference.  The company also utilizes carbon fiber in the build of the Magic Flute, which creates a more rigid structure.

The Magic Flute sports a simple crossover that aims not to interfere with the musical path.  It boasts a range of 36Hz up to 25kHz thanks to a pair of 5.75 inch mid-woofers, an 8.5 inch bass woofer and a one inch tweeter, which can be tilted down 10 degrees for proper alignment in smaller rooms.

Opera CarusoOpera Caruso

Sadly, English speaking audio enthusiasts may be out of luck when it comes to finding much information on the Opera Caruso, and the company's website isn't exactly helpful in that regard.  Still, there's something about this speaker that just demands attention.

The look of the Caruso is elegant from one side and a bit overstated from the other, giving it a sort of classy art-deco quality.  It sports one tweeter and four mid-range drivers on the front, four bass drivers on the side and four tweeters in the rear.  

Morel Fat Lady

It's only appropriate that we stick with the opera theme to finish off the list, and it's an opera tradition that brings it all to a close.  Of course you've heard the saying "It's not over 'til the fat lady sings."  It's one that Morel is fond of, particularly when they have their own Fat Lady speaker in mind.  

Morel Fat LadyThe speaker itself looks more like a guitar or a cello than anything else.  Of course, that would have to be a cello that made of carbon fiber, fiberglass and epoxy resin – the components of the Fat Lady's unique cabinet.  Those ingredients come together to provide a light and strong frame for the Fat Lady.

The Fat Lady's tweeter is 1.1 inches and boasts a 28mm Acuflex dome.  Both the mid and bass units utilize Morel's 3-inch underhung External Voice Coil and Dynamic Linear Impedance Stabilizer technology that helps keep a smooth impedance curve no matter what the condition.

Morel's loudspeaker uses absolutely no internal damping, allowing the cabinet to sing with the drivers and turn the energy into sound, but stop immediately when the drivers do.  The company says that the end result is a speaker that sounds like it has no cabinet at all.


What speakers do you think are the most eye-catching floorstanders?

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