We've installed a subwoofer in a bucket before, but it would take a little more ingenuity to come up with these. PVC Pipe Speakers ($200) are handmade by Chicago-based ikymagoo, and feature 3-inch magnesium/aluminum alloy full range drivers, a bass port on the end of the pipe/stand, three-way binding posts on the back, and a hand-painted high gloss lacquer finish. Unfortunately, they aren't powered, so you're going to need your own amp if you want to do more than just look at them. [via]
Most of the time when booze is introduced to the gadget manufacturing process, disaster results. Not so with these Pioneer Pure Malt Speakers ($600/pair). Built using solid oak repurposed from old whiskey barrels, the Pure Malts have a smooth, mellow tone and produce detailed, room filling sound that belies their smallish bookshelf-friendly size. For maximum enjoyment, listen to them while sipping on an actual glass of whiskey, and soak in the metaness. [Thanks, Joe]
Pump up the volume from your laptop, desktop, or media player with the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Speakers ($145). These sturdy, spectacular-sounding speakers feature an integrated 20-watt-per-channel amplifier, 4-inch woofers, .75-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters with OptImage III wave guides for better imaging, magnetic shielding to protect surrounding electronics, and a Discman-style bass boost switch for annoying neighbors. Sure, they won't win any interior design awards, but if you're more concerned with makin' beats than makin' casseroles, you shouldn't mind.
Despite the company's reputation for nostalgic, grandparent-friendly designs, the Crosley Revolution ($150) isn't a wooden turntable with looks from the middle of last century. Far from it, in fact: the Revolution is a novel new turntable that leaves most of the record exposed thanks to a compact, sleek design. Able to be powered by batteries, the Revolution is highly portable, and features a rubberized finish, two speeds, a USB port for analog-to-digital conversion, dual headphone jacks, built-in stereo speakers, and a carrying case. [Thanks, Walter]
With its wartime ammo box design, one might consider the Thodio A-Box ($340-$475) their portable sonic arsenal. Available in two models — one with a 2 x 25 Watts amp and woven glass speakers, and a heavier-duty one with a 2 x 70 Watts amp and woven kevlar speakers — the A-Box is made from 1mm steel plate fortified and covered in vibration damping material to keep the rattles at bay, and features indication lights in the bass tube to indicate battery status, as well as an integrated handle — like the ammo boxes of yore — and army-style paint and markings. Good luck trying to get it past airport security, though.