While some hi-fi enthusiasts love showing off their unique gear, others may prefer a more discreet setup. If you're an audiophile who belongs to the latter group, the DP155 speakers by Diptyque Audio could be an interesting choice.
Implementing a flat-panel two-way speaker design, the DP155 consists of a slim ribbon tweeter for higher frequencies and a large membrane to reproduce sound from the midrange and lower end of the audio spectrum. The speakers are available as they are or with a painting or graphic overlaid in an acoustically transparent material.
While the thin-membrane speakers can almost pass off as regular room dividers when covered in works of art, they are said to be capable of a frequency response of 25-18,000Hz--impressive for speakers with this type of technology. To drive the 5-foot-tall speakers, you'll need an amplifier that outputs more than 80W of power per channel.
The DP155 is priced at 3,400 euros ($4,700) per pair sans artsy dressing, while the decorative covers come at an additional 130 euros ($180) per side. A less expensive 2,000 euro ($2,770) DP140 model is also in the works, thought it's not clear how the product will be scaled back. These speakers are handcrafted in France; those interested in purchasing a pair can contact Diptyque Audio at its Web site (in French).