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Beechwood speaker simulates the resonance of vinyl records

The Louis speaker by New Black is inspired by analog sound and works completely free of electronics.

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The Louis Speaker by New Black

New Black

If you've fallen in love with the sound of vinyl records but can't bring yourself to invest time in the hobby, the Louis speaker by Paolo Cappello might be exactly what you're looking for.

The speaker is completely free of electronic components and uses the shape of the smartphone dock on top to project your digital music through the large, trumpet-like opening. The sound augments music with a deeper, hollow tone that the video describes as "warm," but it hardly sounds similar to an actual record to me.

The beechwood is available in natural, yellow or anthracite finishes and the accompanying app automatically plays music when you put a phone in the slot. It displays an image of a tube on the screen too, which is a cute touch. However, keep it away from real audio snobs or feel the wrath.

I'm into the simplicity of this speaker, but good design isn't cheap: the Louis is available now for 149 Euros, which comes out to a just over over $166 (£113, AU$231).