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I have a client who is looking for a pair of high-end, interesting looking speakers for his living room.  He wants good sound but just as importantly, he wants something that is cool looking, like a piece of art, rather than just something that looks like a typical tower speaker.  He is hoping to spend around $10-15k

ideas?

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https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/us/speakers/beolab-18

https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/us/speakers/beolab-28

If he's alright with ES, which are inherently funky looking:

https://www.martinlogan.com/en/product/impression-esl-11a

https://www.martinlogan.com/en/product/expression-esl-13a

Anything by Focal, if you can get it in the US

A little less conventional but cool looking there is Spatial Audio from Utah 

For odd, but definitely making a statement there is the Magnepan 20.7 which are usually available under $15k

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That's a nice budget.  As a I resident audiophiliac and owner of a pair of Spatial M3s in white gloss I'll bite. Here are my fave's in no particular order.  I find these all nice looking, statement style pieces and all are award winning / superlative performers.  Some can be equipped as monitors on matching stands.  Some are US based and others are European.

-  Klipsch La Scala AL5, $13k

- DeVore Orangutan O/96 $12k

- Zu Audio Druid 6 $11.5k

- Boehnike W8 $9-14k depending on options

- Spatial X3 custom gloss $9.5k

- Cube Nenuphar $16k

- TAD ME1 $12.5k

- Sound Kaos Vox 3a - $12k

- Camerton Binom 1 $14k 

Well that was fun.  I hope he has a decent budget for the remainder.  Spend the next most on the Amp/Int, followed by the frontend and so on down the line.  Integrating with C4 should not be difficult.

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thanks for those suggestions.  I'm sure those are all awesome sounding speakers...but most of them look like speakers...what my client is looking for is something that looks more like art than a speaker.  for example...these look promising, but probably extremely expensive (will check tomorrow)-

https://oswaldsmillaudio.com/loudspeakers

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4 hours ago, chopedogg88 said:

thanks for those suggestions.  I'm sure those are all awesome sounding speakers...but most of them look like speakers...what my client is looking for is something that looks more like art than a speaker.  for example...these look promising, but probably extremely expensive (will check tomorrow)-

https://oswaldsmillaudio.com/loudspeakers

Client is king, but this looks like a piece of trash to me. :)

Maybe this is to futuristic but you might have a look at devialet.
Phantom 1 (custom version!) for example. These speakers are so powerful, they will blow your mind. 
Most visitors didnt even notice them as speakers. 

Devialet media

Devialet media

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On 9/9/2021 at 11:55 AM, chopedogg88 said:

I have a client who is looking for a pair of high-end, interesting looking speakers for his living room.  He wants good sound but just as importantly, he wants something that is cool looking, like a piece of art, rather than just something that looks like a typical tower speaker.  He is hoping to spend around $10-15k

ideas?

 

On 9/9/2021 at 5:51 PM, cwilmo said:

That's a nice budget.  As a I resident audiophiliac and owner of a pair of Spatial M3s in white gloss I'll bite. Here are my fave's in no particular order.  I find these all nice looking, statement style pieces and all are award winning / superlative performers.  Some can be equipped as monitors on matching stands.  Some are US based and others are European.

Not for what he's looking if oswaldmills style etc is what he wants...better multiply that 10-15K by about ten if not twenty. Think the cheapest ones they had last time we ordered was 75k a piece, though that was at least pre-COVID mess.

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21 hours ago, bobbay said:

I like the look of those, but they really are Sonos level speakers. Nothing wrong with that at all, but something to keep in mind depending on customer expectations, and chope did say 'high-end' - of course, what is meant by 'high-end' can differ wildly.

 

To me, 'high end' with a 'arts design' is more like: http://www.mbl-northamerica.com/mbl-101-e-mk-ii/

and you're looking at reaching 100k for those.

 

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Its really hard to find good artistic speakers in the price range he is looking because its expensive to get good sound out of them vs conventional drivers and boxes.  He might want to look at some midrange horn speakers like from Avantgarde Acoustics or similar.  These are inline style wise but over budget: 

https://www.avantgarde-acoustic.de/en/products/trio-series/trio-classico-xd.html

But they have a whole range of horn speakers that have multiple configurations and colors.  Thire low end sets are mix of conventional and artistic but may be in his range: 

https://www.avantgarde-acoustic.de/en/products/uno-series/uno-fino-edition.html

also look at: 

https://www.axjet.co/

http://horns.pl/en/speaker-sets/

https://www.hora-audio.jp/coco.html

 

 

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