Wireless multi-room speakers tend to come in two styles: white or black. If the tech inside has moved on since the Seventies’ hi-fi boom—bluetooth, Airplay and whole-home streaming giving us concert-hall sound at the touch of an app—sometimes it’s easy to feel that the design has lagged behind. Why do speakers have to be boxy? Sure, for some, the discreet charms of something that can tuck away on a study bookshelf or a kitchen counter top has its advantages. For others, wireless hi-fi can still make a statement. Hence a new breed of luxury speakers that look as distinctive as they sound. Now you just need the designer flat in which to play them.
Crescendo X, Martinlogan Phantom Elevate, Deviatet Beosound 1, Bang & Olufson