January 13, 2013
Speakers, typically monitors, are not known for breaking the norm of their boxed or squared packaging. There is definitely a good reason for this, and it isn’t because speaker companies are uncreative. The average person who uses monitors does not want to spend a great deal of time figuring out ways to mount them. Most of the time they are simply sat on a desk at head level, in a triangular formation to form the “sweet spot”. A speaker with an odd shape will usually require more clever means of mounting, and it isn’t as easy to find the correct geometry for their positioning.
Anthony Gallo’s Strada 2 speakers throw that argument in the trash. At first glance they look more like a back massager that you’d see for sale at Brookstone, but a more careful inspection will reveal that they are actually two domed speakers with a tweeter wrapped …
November 28, 2012
We’ve seen a variety of different speaker shapes come alive in the last few years. Speaker companies are getting more creative with their designs and are beginner to cater to the artist side of listeners’ wants and needs. Some of these designs, however, are whimsical and really don’t really speak an ounce of professionalism – not to mention that having a cool design usually comes at a cost of performance. For this reason, the best design out there is still the most used design; the box. Boxes are everywhere. We live in a box, and we drive in a box on wheels. The square or rectangular shaped speaker is preferable and it has no problem sitting on our desks. The Behringer C5A Vintage Studio Monitor exemplifies this design and is something we instantly recognize as a “speaker”.
This doesn’t mean that all non-boxed speakers are of poor quality. In fact, …