Ta­ble with a sound de­sign

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets - LA BOITE CON­CEPT LD130

Domo, $1995 domo.com.au ★★★★

IT LOOKS like the world’s most stylish school desk, but La Boite Con­cept’s cre­ation is much more than fur­ni­ture. De­signed to be a mod­ern ver­sion of an old-school writer’s ta­ble, this French-made desk plugs into the wall, de­liv­ers power to con­nected de­vices, and serves as a ca­pa­ble sound sys­tem.

The La Boite Con­cept LD130 con­sists of a 69cm-wide desk­top with a leather-cov­ered top to keep your com­puter, and other gad­gets, in place.

Its legs are made from eco­log­i­cally friendly wood and can be lac­quered, for a mod­ern look, or left to show off their nat­u­ral grain.

The desk­top it­self is quite thick but with good rea­son. Three am­pli­fiers hide inside this desk’s body, fed by seven pre­cisely made driv­ers. They in­clude two Kevlar cones, two silk-domed tweet­ers, two wide-an­gle rear speak­ers and one 6-inch alu­minium woofer.

Their out­put can be con­trolled from the top of the desk.

The idea is that users plant a lap­top on this pow­ered desk, plug the com­puter into its USB DAC port and lis­ten to mu­sic as it comes from be­neath the PC. Al­ter­na­tively, users can plug a phone or MP3 player into its AUX jack.

On the down­side, this desk leaves space for three con­nec­tions but pro­vides power for just one. It’s also quite small for a com­puter desk and costs as much as a com­puter you’d place on top of it.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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