Bluetooth gramophone adds old-time class to audio streaming

As classy as all get-out, Gramovox's Bluetooth gramophone was inspired by Magnavox's 1920s-era R3 Horn Speaker.

(Credit: Gramovox)

If you're looking for something a little more stylish for your audio streaming, we don't think it gets more handsome than this. Chicago-based company Gramovox has built a Bluetooth speaker — in the shape of a gramophone horn.

Currently seeking US$100,000 in funding on Kickstarter, the speaker is designed to recall a bygone era in both form and function. "Our bold design and vintage sound are inspired by the 1920s Magnavox R3 Horn Speaker. Its form and function are a marriage of vintage and modern aesthetics, producing a timeless piece that allows you to stream nostalgia," Gramovox wrote. "As sound waves propagate through the horn, you experience an organically mid-range, vintage sound."

It's not just a novelty hipster item, though. The steel S-horn, a 3:4 scale reproduction of the 1920s Magnovox R3 Horn Speaker, will be manufactured using 1920s techniques, with the cone spun on a lathe and the neck hydroformed out of metal sheets. The two parts will then be hand welded together, powder coated in a black finish and the logo silk-screen printed on. The wooden bases are of walnut or maple, and inside will be a magnetically shielded 66-millimetre cone driver with an impedance of 8 ohms, a range of 230 to 120,000 Hertz and a signal to noise ratio of 105 decibels.

As you might expect, it's not cheap, either. It starts at US$249 for backers within the US and runs up to US$349 for backers in the European Union. For Aussies, it's US$319, including shipping and handling fees, with an estimated delivery date of June 2014.

If you're interested in learning more, check out the Bluetooth Gramophone project page on the Kickstarter website.



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