Find the speaker you need no matter where you are—the newest products on the market are designed to go indoors, outdoors, and on-the-go. Concrete Audio F1 Speakers Concrete Audio According to the German company Concrete Audio, concrete’s heft and irregular structure make it the perfect material to produce crisp-sounding speakers. At 1.25-inches thick and weighing 26.4 pounds, each F1 panel is embedded with 41 mini-speakers that work together as a single sound source. When a panel isn’t in use, it can be reversed and used as an art piece. Moonraker Sound System Bossa The Moonraker Sound System design may look lunar, but this dual loudspeaker system is hand assembled in California from locally sourced components and sustainably harvested American hardwoods and reclaimed teak. BeoLab 50 Bang & Olufsen With its oak and aluminum surfaces and slender shape, BeoLab 50’s graceful appearance belies the serious technology beneath—seven dedicated amplifiers and 2,100 watts of power. The speaker also features an adjustable acoustic lens that allows the user to adjust the sound to one specific person or a party setting. C SEED 125 C SEED Designed for outdoor use, the C SEED 125 speaker series rise from the ground with the touch of a button, protecting them when they are not in use. To offer the highest quality sound (125 references the system’s 125-decibel peak sound pressure) C SEED partnered with L-Acoustics and uses its coaxial technology. Connected Speakers Urbanears Connected Speakers come in two sizes, Stammen (small) and Baggen (large), and six fabric colorways, making them the most millennial-friendly speaker of the bunch. They can be used as Bluetooth speakers to work with wifi devices like Chromecast and Spotify, or can be connected to a turntable via an AUX cable. Porsche 911 Speakers Porsche Design If this glossy black speaker looks familiar, it may be because it is built from actual exhaust pipes used on the Porsche 911. The dual output, Bluetooth 4.0, 60-watt system is engineered for stereo output and connects wirelessly.
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Sleek black rain screen reflects Porsche Design's understated style.In the world of high-end retail, first impressions matter. Knowing this, DXU, LLC principal Eric Styer took special care selecting a facade material for the Porsche Design boutique in Oak Brook, Illinois. "We were trying to play off Porsche Design's simplicity and clean lines," said Styer, referring to the clothing and leather goods retailer's minimalist style. "Of course, this location is in a mall, so we had to deal with [their requirements] as well." After first eliminating other options on budgetary, performance, or aesthetic grounds, the architect found himself drawn to Dekton, an ultra-compact surfacing material from Cosentino. Styer's solution, a matte black Dekton rain screen featuring mitered joint detailing and integrated acrylic signage, plays up the material's strengths to embody Porsche Design's understated glamour. "We were looking for materials that would meet Porsche Design's design qualities as well as the mall's," recalled Styer. "They were pushing us to get granite on the exterior. However, that potentially leans in a direction we didn't want to follow." Specifically, Styer worried that the marbling on granite or another natural stone would distract from the overall impression he hoped to convey—of a solid block carved into masses and voids. In search of a similarly durable material, he reached out to Cosentino. The company mentioned Dekton, which was just being introduced to the United States, and suggested that the Porsche Design presented a unique opportunity to explore the material's use in a new application (as a facade). Styer was soon convinced that the material, composed of naturally existing inorganic minerals subjected to a patented high-heat, high-pressure process, would help him realize his technical and aesthetic ambitions. Styer, who half-jokingly referred to Dekton as "basically surfacing on steroids," selected the material for three principal reasons. The first was its technical compatibility with his design. Dekton is manufactured in 5-foot by 10-foot slabs, thus reducing the occurrence of joints or seams. In addition, it can be miter-cut to mimic the appearance of cut stone. "That went back to the very simplistic, minimalistic impression we were looking for," explained Styer. "For all of our fenestrations in the building we have three-inch returns tucked behind the storefront volumes; that aspect of the material was perfect for Porsche Design." Durability was another important factor in the architect's decision to go with Dekton. The Oak Brook Porsche Design store is located on a high-traffic corner in a popular mall, making it especially vulnerable to wear and tear. Given Chicago's freeze-thaw cycle, Dekton's resistance to thermal shock was also a plus. As well as being technically appropriate and rugged, Dekton appealed to Styer on aesthetic grounds. Elegant but not showy, it captures the Porsche Design brand's emphasis on quality over bling. And though the material was available in only a limited number of colors and finishes at the time (Cosentino's offerings have since expanded to 23 colors), one of those combinations—the matte black Sirius—echoed the interior painting scheme. "In the interior, Porsche Design uses black glass, so if a high gloss black was available, we would have chosen that," said Styer. "But they also use matte black paint, so [Sirius] was perfect for us." The Dekton panels were installed as a ventilated rain screen. "There were some complications, maybe something of a learning curve in the fabrication process," recalled Styer. "A lot of that was due to the newness of the product in the States." None of the components that had been used to install Dekton rain screens in the United Kingdom were yet available on the other side of the pond, he explained, so "the Cosentino team had to jump through some hoops to get them here." The extra effort was worth it, however, as the particularities of the Dekton rain screen helped mitigate the difficulty of dealing with a preexisting structural rhythm. "For it being a pretty hard material, it was flexible in terms of some of the parameters we were looking for," said Styer. "There were piers we couldn't change, and a parapet element we had to tuck back into. To us, it seemed like a magic material." Styer is understandably pleased with where his hunt for an appropriate facade material led him—so much so that he looks forward to further experiments with Dekton. He mentioned in particular the capacity for bookmatching, and imagines a facade distinguished by a mirrored pattern. "It seems like you'd have more of an opportunity to do that with Dekton than with traditional stone," mused Styer. "It's a new aesthetic area I would like to investigate."