IN THE CLEAR
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.