Speakers that do Heavy Lifting
Finding speakers for a small space can be tricky. Standalone models are often ungainly and use up precious floor or shelf space. While we use the Amena Invisible Speakers in the LifeEdited apartment, we found a couple amplified speakers that do double duty as discrete–and practical–shelving units.
Danish company KREAFUNK’s aSHELF (pictured at top) combines an iPod/phone deck, built in speakers and a practical shelf that can hold 33 lbs. The speakers themselves are powered by 2 x 20W speakers–more than adequate for a small to medium-sized room. It’s not clear whether the dock is the old 30 pin connection or the newer 8 pin (we suspect the former). There is a Bluetooth receiver for wireless streaming from any compatible device as well as a line-in for other audio sources. Sadly, there’s no Airplay functionality. Way sadder is aSHELF doesn’t appear to be available in the US. Price: kr 2000 (~$363).
The Finite Elemente Hohrizontal 51 (above) is another cool shelf/speaker Americans will probably never get the chance to hear. Made in Germany, it features 2 x 50 W speakers, iPod/phone dock, Bluetooth capability and line-in. The shelf also holds a hefty 55 lbs (assuming your wall can handle it). We found them for sale in England for £499 ($819).