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Bluetooth gramophone adds old-time class to audio streaming

As classy as all get-out, Gramovox's Bluetooth gramophone takes its inspiration from Magnavox's 1920s-era R3 Horn Speaker.

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 $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 midrange, 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 and powder-coated in a black finish, with the logo silk-screen printed on.

The wooden bases are of walnut or maple, and inside will be a magnetically shielded 66-millimeter 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 $249 for backers in the US and runs up to $349 for backers in the European Union. with an estimated delivery date of June 2014.

(Source: CNET Australia)