10 Ostentatious Loudspeakers from 2019 High End Munich Audio Show
Fashionable designs make these stylized loudspeakers works of art from Once Music, Stein Music Pro, Avantgarde Acoustic, MartinLogan, Cabasse, Doacoustics, AQ, and Odeon Audio. Which ones would you sell?
Jason Knott · May 15, 2019
The world looks to Europe for the latest in fashion trends. From bikinis to tiny cars to clothes, European designs are often cutting edge. But can the same might be said for loudspeakers?
We will let you be the judge. The just-concluded High End Munich 2019 audio show certainly had its share of eye-catching speakers, some of which cost as much as $425,000 per pair.
Forget about hiding the home technology... at that price point, any of your clients will want to show off the industrial design of these speakers. Of course, many of the "loud" speakers will require a particular type of client who is not only into audio, but ready to show it off.
Giant horns seem to be the flavor of the month, with companies like German-based Odeon Audio, Stein Music and Avantgarde Acoustic, Once Custom Sound from Turkey, as well as China-based ESD Acoustic showcasing gigantic horns for woofers.
Certainly, these speakers require a lot of horizontal, as well as vertical, floorspace. Several of the companies noted particular listening distances that should be adhered to based on the power of the units.
None of the companies showcasing these unique speakers is U.S. based, with the closest being MartinLogan with its impressive Neolith electrostat designs.
In several cases, attendees at the demos were more enamored with the look of the speakers than the designs. Attendees were commenting about the speakers being "works of art" in the demo rooms at the Munich High End show.
Here are 10 loudspeakers CE Pro saw and listened to at the event, which features more than 350 booths and more than 20,000 attendees.
The first day of the show is exclusive for press, retailers and integrators. The final three days of the show welcomes consumers to the MOC convention hall in Munich. Which ones are you ready to show to your clients?
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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org
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