De­sign

Form and func­tion com­bine

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT -

Wharfedale, Roth and Au­dio­engine all come from tra­di­tional hi-fi back­grounds, and their old-fash­ioned rec­tan­gu­lar speak­ers can look dated along­side a Mac. But th­ese are tried and trusted de­signs, and the sturdy ma­te­ri­als used can de­liver a strong sound.

In con­trast, Cre­ative has a back­ground de­vel­op­ing com­puter ac­ces­sories, and its com­pact T30 speak­ers are de­signed to fit neatly along­side a smaller lap­top com­puter. The T30 also place all its main con­trols in a con­ve­nient places on the front of the right-hand speaker – whereas Au­dio­engine and Wharfedale hide their vol­ume con­trols around the back.

The trans­par­ent, spher­i­cal de­sign of Har­man Kar­don’s Nova speak­ers is re­ally eye-catch­ing (even if they do oc­ca­sion­ally end up rolling across the desk). How­ever, our award for the most strik­ing de­sign must surely go to Edifier’s Luna Eclipse, whose cres­cent-moon speak­ers make it look as though you have a pair of Death Stars plugged into your Mac…

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