IN THE CLEAR

Maxim - - CONTENTS - —Matt Ber­i­cal

PUMP UP THE JAMS WITH A TRANS­PAR­ENT SPEAKER THAT’S VIR­TU­ALLY ALL EARS

QUITE A SPEC­I­MEN, ISN’T IT, float­ing there in its sealed glass cabi­net—a high-end speaker treated with a rev­er­ence more typ­i­cally re­served for a shard of an­cient pot­tery or the knuck­le­bone of some me­dieval saint. Hi-fi stereo seems an equally musty no­tion in the Beats era, but the Trans­par­ent Speaker from Peo­ple Peo­ple is some­thing spe­cial. This bold stream­ing sound maker con­sists of two 3-inch driv­ers and a throb­bing 6.5-inch sub­woofer strung to­gether by snaking au­dio ca­bles, all float­ing eerily in a tem­pered-glass and alu­minum shell. Plugged into a USB de­vice or fit­ted with an Airplay or Blue­tooth re­ceiver, the sys­tem pumps out wide, puls­ing au­dio thanks to a dig­i­tal sig­nal pro­ces­sor and a 100-watt am­pli­fier seated within its glo­ri­ously retro con­trol panel. For once, what you hear—and see—is what you get. $849; us.peo­pleprod­ucts.co

A SEE-THROUGH SPEAKER THAT BRINGS THE NOISE AND LOOKS DAMN COOL DO­ING IT.

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