The world of wireless speakers is changing. Minimalist designs that are almost indistinguishable, such as the Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod mini, are still in vogue, but more and more innovatively designed speakers are making them available for home furnishings. I will. The actual furniture.
Recently, audio giants such as Sonos and Bang & Olufsen have expanded their lineup to include such speakers, ranging from speakers disguised as lamps and books to speaker arrays that can be mounted directly on the ceiling. I am manufacturing things.
However, the desire to make Hi-Fi systems more homely is not a modern phenomenon. In fact, this is a trend that dates back to the 1920s, and modern brands are digging through the past for solutions that work for modern music lovers.
Before television dominated our living room, a must-have for home entertainment was a console radio. These large, expensive devices are housed in ornate wooden enclosures and cabinets, and families have come together to listen to music. By the 1930s, it was considered a longing purchase for middle-class families. Some have a gramophone built in, and the Art Deco design makes them both acoustically and aesthetically pleasing.
Fast-forwarding in the 1950s introduced an integrated Hi-Fi system. This is where interior design and audio technology really merge to create something truly amazing. Like the latest version of console radio, these products consisted of stereo speakers, amplifiers, turntables, and radios, all neatly housed in a wooden cabinet.
Some of these systems also included secret drink cabinets and televisions. This is the ultimate luxury of the mid-20th century. If you want a real thrill, check out Coronet Stereo. This 60’s German console had a built-in bar and fireplace (yes, actually).
Home Hi-Fi systems have become more functional, with turntables replaced by cassette players and cassette players replaced by CD players. And with the advent of smartphones, MP3 players, and music streaming, the epidemic of making audio equipment, which was also the furniture of our dreams, is almost over. And only the most enthusiastic audiophiles will consider purchasing a multi-speaker setup. All the included cables, stands, clutter.
The quest for space
Retro consoles Radios, turntables, and all-in-one systems have become less popular than just advances in audio.In the UK, the size of the house has plummeted to an invisible level
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Many of us don’t have the space to install a complete Hi-Fi system. Valuable floor space is occupied by devices that we consider more important, such as TVs. And because many of us move frequently between rental homes, expensive and heavy furniture is not a symbol of the prosperity of the middle class as it once was.The fact that it’s IKEA
Fourth Valuable Retailer in the world tells you everything you need to know about our priorities when it comes to home furnishing.
And why do you need the cost and weight of a full hi-Fi system at home when portable audio is constantly improving? Nowadays, you carry almost every song you can think of in your pocket device in the palm of your hand. You can listen to those songs with a fully wireless earphone that fits in.
Nonetheless, given the growing number of streaming services offering high-resolution audio, high-quality sound is gaining praise. It’s not just the very wealthy and enthusiastic audiophiles in control. This means that popular consumer audio brands like Sonos had to adapt to the needs of today’s music lovers.
Traditional Hi-Fi furniture is based on a perfect listening environment that doesn’t exist in most people’s lives today.
Sarah Morris, Sonos
As Sonos Principal Product Manager Sarah Morris told us, “some places the speakers don’t fit” may be due to lack of space or power, “technology is the focus.” Not “in the bedroom”.
“By incorporating speakers into furniture, we can overcome both of these challenges and allow people to decorate their homes with both objects and sounds,” she explains. Manufactured Symfonisk bookshelves and lamp speakers.
Morris states that the reaction to these unusual hidden speakers is “overwhelmingly positive.” And if you believe in a recent leak, Symfonisk speakers, including those in the shape of wall art, could be coming soon.
Sonos has even integrated audio devices into the home itself.Architectural scope created in collaboration with architectural speaker experts
Sonance Equipped with a ceiling speaker that “disappears in any space”. As Morris explains, these speakers offer all the latest conveniences you’d expect from Sonos: “When these speakers are connected to Sonos Amp, the amplifier will automatically detect them and Adjust to the best sound for that speaker. “
Sonos isn’t the only consumer audio company looking at ways to seamlessly integrate speakers into the home. Bang & Olufsen recently released a wireless speaker that looks like a book and can be placed unobtrusively on the shelves. We have also released a modular speaker that can be wall mounted to save valuable space. on the other hand,
JLA Has created a high fidelity down-fire speaker that doubles as a stylish coffee table. Transparent’s Acoustic Sculpture also blends art and audio in unprecedented ways.
Sonos IKEA Symfonisk series. (Image credit: IKEA) Is the hi-fi centerpiece dead?
Therefore, there is a clear need for a good sounding speaker that can perform two functions, either as a design focus or as a practical piece of furniture. But does that mean the epic Hi-Fi system of the past is gone?
Morris doesn’t think so.
“I think that traditional looking Hi-Fi systems always have a design rating. It’s a personal preference, “she says.
“Our systems and products are designed to fit the lives of our customers and not the other way around. We need to be able to play what we want, when and where we want. “
In fact, the beautifully decorated mid-century Hi-Fi cabinets had built-in bars, but they don’t fit in today’s average home. As Morris says, “traditional Hi-Fi furniture is based on a perfect listening environment that doesn’t exist in most people’s lives today.”
“But with that in mind, some customers know that there are barriers to bringing speakers into their space, so incorporating them into furniture can overcome those barriers.”
Of course, you can still buy complex audio setups, and many audiophiles still buy them. And many of us are just as happy with anonymous smart speakers that blend into the background. But for those looking for a solution that combines the best of both worlds, combining high-end audio performance with the latest chic interior design, furniture-integrated speakers are like a future home entertainment trend. It feels like.