When it comes to shopping for speakers, the sound quality is the top most important deciding factor. But looks are almost as important as sounds, as no one wants a hideous piece of plastic or metal pumping out tunes in their home, no matter how good it sounds. A good-looking speaker is a must, especially when it comes to building a solid interior décor – you want something that is not only functional but also stylish. Also, if you’re a man or woman of style, taking the looks of any device into consideration must not be questioned anymore.
Here are some speakers with a standout visual design and also sounds splendid
If you’re looking for a multi-directional speaker with out-of-this world design, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2 fits the bill. But speaking of bill, you may need to break the bank or contact a rich relative if this speaker catches your fancy, as this speaker is very expensive. It looks cool and futuristic, with a highly contemporary design that fits well with any modern home and lifestyle. It’s built with a durable aluminum shell and designed to deliver unparalleled 30-degrees sound, optimal mobility, and seamless integration.
This speaker can sync with different mobile apps and devices, and can directly integrate with streaming services like Spotify and Deezer. When it comes to sounds, expect loud and powerful sounds packed with enormous punch. This speaker is touch-sensitive, so you can play, pause or turn it on with one little tap; and you can change tracks with a light swipe. You have to buy an app to change bass or treble settings.
Here’s a minimalistic speaker that gives off a modern, discrete, yet fashionable touch to any room. The Urbanears Baggen has a boxed-like construction and is available in five colors: black, concrete gray, dirty pink, goldfish orange, and plant green. This speaker allows you to connect to your favorite music streaming service, play via Bluetooth or plug in a device through its AUX input. This speaker can deliver loud audio with powerful, booming bass response. It delivers clear and balanced sounds that lean towards the lows.
Though modern and minimalistic in design, this speaker features two knobs on top of their cabinets. One rotates to control volume, and the other knob leads to multiple input settings: AUX input, Bluetooth and seven channel presets. Yes, this speaker can save 7 favorite playlists, podcasts or internet radio stations – it’s up to you to remember which number is which favorite. But through the Urbanears smartphone app, you can identify your selection.
The design of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is iconic – it was the first truly stylish speaker designed for the iPod, but it still remains eye-catching today. This device has already undergone a lot of iterations, but this version is the most advanced. It has a graceful oval design that delivers impressive performance, versatility and style.
Sound-wise, this speaker is loud, rich, impressive and sure to catch your attention. Through its 2 double-dome tweeters, two midrange drivers and a 6.5-inch subwoofer, this speaker outputs crystal clear highs, with a crisp treble edge. It delivers rich lows and robust, deep bass response. It delivers superb, hassle-free streaming audio via AirPlay (using your Wi-Fi network), Bluetooth or Spotify Connect. It’s easy to set up and it’s wireless. The only downsides to this speaker are perhaps its lack of Android app integration and the expensive price.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 looks like the coolest, most Scandinavian lunchbox ever made. Looking at its design, it’s elegant, sophisticated, minimal and streamlined – the kind of things you can usually find from B&O speakers. The leather strap handle on this speaker is a particularly alluring casual touch, but it’s the best feature still is its impeccable sound quality.
The Beolit 17 offers bass-forward, balanced audio that is powerful and pleasing to the ears. It’s equipped with two Class D amplifiers, one for bass and one for treble. It’s equipped with drivers that deliver its powerful audio, such as three 1.5-inch tweeters, dual 4-inch passive bass radiators, and a 5.5-inch full-range driver. You can play music from devices by connecting them to this speaker via Bluetooth or AUX input. On top of these speakers, you can find five buttons for settings, and the back houses the micro USB port for charging. This portable speaker can be recharged and runs on full 24 hours of battery life on a single charge.
Fender is a trusted name when it comes to guitars and amplifiers, but it’s not known as a maker of a Bluetooth speaker. But Fender proved that it can be excellent when it comes to speakers, too. The Newport Battery-Powered Portable Bluetooth Speaker is one of the best-sounding Bluetooth speakers of its size and kind. This speaker is designed like a small version of a real Fender amp, but it’s made of metal instead of fabric speaker grills. The result is a cool, retro-looking portable speaker.
To prove that it’s one of the best-sounding of its kind, this speaker keeps sounds clean even when you crank the volume up. It delivers enough top-end sounds to keep the audio clear and a decently tight midrange. Overall, the sound is so good, considering its small size. It can connect to your devices via Bluetooth or AUX input. Another cool thing about this speaker is it has a fully functional, retro Fender-style control knobs on top that allows you to control the volume, bass, and treble.
For environmental-friendly audiophiles, the Reveal Solar Speaker Portable Wireless Bluetooth Bamboo Wood Speaker & Phone Charger is a catch. This speaker has a face of natural bamboo, making a tropical aesthetic vibe on its own. This bamboo exterior is combined with energy efficient solar panels that draw power from the sun to let you play music on the go.
It’s a sleek and stylish portable speaker that can play up to 8 hours of continuous music with one full solar charge. It can even work as a phone charger through its built-in USB plug. When it comes to sound quality, you won’t be disappointed. This speaker delivers excellent audio with no distortion. It’s a great party companion to take anywhere you want to pump sounds while doing it in eco-friendly style.
Sleek and unassuming, the simple design of the Bowers & Wilkins A5 blend into most rooms rather than stand out, but it’s not a bad thing at all. It’s minimalistic and discreet, but its unique design is what made it stylish. Its small size can also make it fit anywhere. Out of the box, it looks like a mini version of the A7, and A5 is its smaller and less expensive version.
Like A7 and the Zeppelin, this speaker is highly reliable when it comes to streaming via AirPlay. This lets you stream music wirelessly using iOS devices, Mac or PC. It also has a 3.5mm mini-jack on the back to connect a device, if you need it. It’s equipped with two 1-inch aluminum tweeters, and two 4-inch drivers with mid and low range. This speaker can deliver powerful, rich and detailed audio that is perfect for indoor settings.
Bang & Olufsen has already appeared three times on this list because this brand really makes fashionable pieces of technology. The Beoplay A9 Wireless Speaker is an attention-grabber since it has a big, circular and flat shape with wooden legs. You can choose from black with walnut legs or white with maple legs, and can even be replaced with exchangeable covers in the colors gray, brown, green and red. It’s actually styled like Scandinavian furniture, so it’s a perfect fit if this is your interior design style. But just like the Beosound 2, this is an expensive splurge.
Packed with an 8-inch subwoofer, two ¾-inch tweeters, and two 3-inch midrange drivers, this speaker can produce jaw-droppingly powerful audio. Expect rich, balanced bass, mids and highs. You can stream music via Airplay. It also has a powered USB port so you can easily grab settings to your network off your phone, and an Ethernet port is also available so you can connect it directly to your router.