Pairing a fetching design with quality craftsmanship and robust components, the Caruso is not your run of the mill loudspeaker.
The trend within the audio industry of reducing the size of loudspeakers to the barest of minimums has resulted in poor, uninvolving sound which, when combined with solid state amplifiers and digital music, isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. If you want music to sound like music, the size of the speakers matters and horns, believe it or not, do actually help. This new Caruso Bluetooth speaker system, designed by Paolo Cappello for Italian outfit Miniforms, actually combines a decent sized speaker, a horn and a cabinet – and not just for the speaker on the left, but also for a two-level storage compartment on the right. Apart from its good looks, the Caruso is also a capable audio system with a single-channel pneumatic speaker, a 160mm midwoofer, a 13mm tweeter, and two 50-watt Class D amps, connected to a ceramic horn that helps enhance the sound from the driver elements. Both the wooden cabinet and ceramic horn component can be customised in a myriad of colour options including lacquer or 300year old Italian oak on the base and a sparkling 24-karat gold-plate on the horn. While the system may be pricey, its multifunctionality makes it worth the splurge in our book.