Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 10 Strangest Speakers” for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites? (Thanks, Zipped)
10. Mario Bros. Cube Speakers
These portable Mario Bros. cube speakers are compatible with any device that sports a standard headphone jack and come in black or white colors. Plus, you get to choose from four featured designs. [Source]
9. Pioneer’s Portable Clip Speaker
This portable clip speaker, measuring 82 x 82 x 63mm and weighing 125g, works with just about any mobile device like your MP3 player. Though the maximum speaker ouput of 0.7W isn’t the most powerful, it’s perfect for use in low noise areas. [Source]
8. iWoofer – 2.1 iPod Speaker System
Get a 2.1 speaker system for your iPod that actually thumps with the stylish iWoofer. Plus, it doubles as an iPod Dock with charging/synchronization functions. Also included are a telescopic antenna, FM tuner, and a very cool-looking blue halo light found on the bottom. The iWoofer is powered by 4 AA batteries or AC and is compatible with all iPod models. [Source]
7. Stripy Speakers
Housed in an aluminum case, these tubular speakers feature 4.5W x 2 of RMS power, a swivelling elbow for easy positioning, and a one-touch volume/mode button.
When first turned on the button appears pinky-white in color, tap it once and it turns blue for bass control, tap it twice and it changes to green for treble control and tapping it a third time returns to the standard volume control
6. SoundArt Canvas Speakers
If you want to combine art and technology into one device, SoundArt has the answer in its stylish canvas speakers. Featuring one or two canvas speakers, a subwoofer, and your choice of canvas print. One potential drawback, it costs $3700.
…just hang on your wall, plug in your music source and enjoy the space around you. From music to movies the audio options are endless. Almost any audio source can be played through it – your Hi-Fi, iPod, DVD, CD or use the output on your AV system.
5. iPod “Chair Man” Portable Speakers
Even your iPod needs to kick back in a lounge chair once in a while, that’s why a Japanese company has created the “Chair Man” portable speakers. The “Chair Man” comes in three different colors, black (BI-SPCHAIR/BK), blue (BI-SPCHAIR/B), and pink (BI-SPCHAIR/P). There are two 50mm diameter speakers built-in to the feet while the arms/legs can be moved freely to secure your iPod. Its speakers have playback frequency of 200Hz – 28kHz and are powered by a single AAA battery or AC. A stereo-mini jack input can be found on the side which is used to connect your iPod.
4. Boombox Messenger Bag Speaker
Cereallad created this strange yet functional boombox messenger bag speaker for his iBook. Here’s how he made it:
I hollowed out the boombox, added hinges and clasps, created a foam interior, created a strap attachment, and… well, attached a strap. Now it holds my ibook and one or two other books. With rudimentary electronics skills, I wired the boombox to play music from the laptop or from any ipod/walkman/etc that you place inside. I added a small amplifier that I found on some toy speakers to increase the sound volume and quality
3. Portable Cardboard Speakers
MUJI, best known in for their innovative yet simple products, has come out with speakers made of cardboard and a few electronic components They ship unfolded in a clear plastic pouch — fold them up and they’re ready to use. Now that’s what I call portability. MoMAstore has them available for puchase now at $42 USD. [Source]
2. Functional Hard Drive Speakers
Afrotech created this functional speaker system using old hard drives and a custom built amplifier. What you see above is the entire system, complete with woofer, midrange, and tweeter HDDs.
Why pay 500$ for Klipsch’s latest speaker system? You can make something that looks way cooler for the price of a DIY amplifier and some HDDs out of a dumpster. It doesn’t sound quite as good but who cares!
1. A Real Woofer
Buro Vormkrijgers — of Pong Clock fame — presents his latest creation, a bizarre headless dog speaker. It’s available in either a single woofer configuration or dual stereo (pair).
“Woofer » this is functional kitsch; the wrong becomes the new right, for those among us who like having a little outrageous kitsch in their contemporary interiors.”