When buying a piece of audio equipment, there are several things to consider: audio quality, durability, and price to name just a few. But one often overlooked consideration is design.
No, it doesn’t make you shallow for wanting your home speaker to look nice. It’s been an important part of audio history since the first loudspeaker back in the 1800s. It is a piece of furniture, after all. If you’re going to drop a lot of cash on one, make sure it’s one you want to show off.
There are a few go-to brands known for great design, including Bang & Olufsen, Bowers & Wilkins, and Tivoli. And we’ve pulled together some of our very favorite home speakers on the market that you’ll want to keep front and center.
Scroll on for home speakers that double as home decor.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 with the Google Assistant
It should come as no surprise that several Bang & Olufsen sound systems made the cut. While, yes, they come with a hefty price tag, B&O speakers are known for unbelievable sound and gorgeous design. Buying one is basically like purchasing a piece of modern art.
Bang & Olufsen Daniel Arsham Beoplay A9 Blue Moon Edition
Alright, we couldn’t resist. For those who love bold design, this limited edition Beoplay A9, in collaboration with Daniel Arsham, is both bonkers and beautiful.
The Sonos Sub is for those who love deep bass in a beautiful wireless subwoofer. The two-speaker driver design means vibration and rattle are eliminated, leaving you crisp sound. It’s also an amazingly-designed speaker, without abandoning Sonos’s signature minimalism.
Victrola 88W Powered Wireless Speaker
An 88W wireless speaker and mid-century modern table all in one? Sign us up.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Shape
This modular wall-mounted speaker system literally looks like a piece of art hanging on the wall. And it’s personal, too — arrange it how you wish into a design that’s all your own. Adding more tiles means bigger sound performance or acoustic damping.
Master & Dynamic MA770 Wireless Speaker
Designed in partnership with famed British architect, Sir David Adjaye, the MA770 was a CES Innovation Award honoree for redefining sound experience. Connect to it with WiFi or Bluetooth for incredible acoustic performance.
Klipsch Reference II Series Floor Speaker
It’s certainly not cheap, but considering how expensive good floor speakers can get up to, $399 for a fantastic-sounding 400-Watt speaker is pretty damn good. The 1-inch aluminum tweeter delivers rich sound with minimal distortion and the 6 ½” spun-copper woofers bring deep bass. It’s also seriously nice to look at.
JBL Pulse 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
This affordable and solid 360-degree speaker from JBL is ideal for anyone looking to add a pop of neon to their home. As your music plays, you’ll be treated to a glowy LED light show. Sync up your favorite playlist and you’ll have your guests dancing around it like moths to a flame.
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge Wireless Speaker
Bowers & Wilkins is known for making stunning high-end audio equipment, and the Formation Wedge speaker is no different. Two 1-inch tweeters plus two 3.5-inch midrange speakers plus one 6-inch subwoofer equals high-fidelity audio from 35Hz to 28kHz frequency. This is all not to mention that it looks like modern sculpture.
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