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LG's Weird Speaker-TV Hybrid Puts Video on Top of Vacuum Tubes

The LG DukeBox speaker shows off its insides while displaying video on a transparent screen.

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Basking in the vacuum glow of the LG DukeBox.

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If you've ever wanted to sync up The Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the LG Dukebox might be just the device for you. This little hybrid tube-speaker... thing could be one of the weirdest devices of CES 2024.

The LG Duke Box is a 360-degree speaker with a transparent OLED panel at the front to show off the tube amplifier inside. Transparent OLEDs have been with us for a number of years, but the technology has yet to really take hold. LG says the screen can be used to watch movies, or "create a cozy fireplace ambiance where the vacuum tube is visible amidst the flickering flames".

The DukeBox is likely to take advantage of the pleasant sound properties of vacuum tubes, and you can see them used in a zillion cheap amps on Amazon, but also in guitar amps and preamplifiers. 

The DukeBox is reminiscent of last year's StanbyMe Go -- another TV-speaker combo from LG, except that one was designed to be portable. Samsung also released a soundbar with a vacuum tube in it many years ago. At the moment, the DukeBox appears to be a concept and not a real product, so pricing and availability are likely a ways off.