December 8, 2022

Owning a great speaker is always essential, not only to blast out some groovy music at your parties but also for those days when you want to sing along to your favorite tunes at the top of your lungs, in the privacy of your room. Whatever may be the requirement, having a clear, distortion-free, handy, and interactive speaker is necessary. There are a lot of innovative speakers out there in the market, so picking the right one that meets all your needs can be a task, especially since we all tend to have different audio requirements. Hence, we’ve curated a collection of functional, creative, and exciting speaker designs for you. From a planet-shaped Hi-Fi speaker to Marshall’s latest palm-sized speaker – there’s a unique speaker for everyone here. We hope you can find the one that’s meant for you!

1. OEPLAY MusicStar5

Looking quite like something out of an *insert high-end audio company name* catalog, the OEPLAY MusicStar5 is a pretty sizeable audio unit that makes the ultimate promise — to make you hear music the way the artist intended it. Shaped like a planet, the hi-fi speaker creates an immersive soundscape, irrespective if you’re watching some TV, or listening to your favorite tunes.

Why is it noteworthy?

Armed with a high-performance AMT tweeter and some seriously impressive audio tech, the MusicStar5 is designed to fill any room with distortion-free sound that has both power and detail. It creates an immersive soundscape, whether you’re watching something on television, tuning in to audio from a music/streaming app, or even listening to lossless music tracks via USB.

What we like

  • Crafted with only the finest materials
  • Frequency range going all the way to 33Hz and up to as 55kHz

What we dislike

2. Sanaullah’s Speaker

There are quite a number of notable speakers that look more like art pieces or decorative accessories rather than hi-tech audio gadgets. This wireless speaker concept design is clearly aiming for the latter class but tries to add a bit of portability to the formula, though that part is a little questionable.

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Why is it noteworthy?

This wireless speaker concept tries to give the best of both worlds with a portable speaker that looks interesting enough to be considered decorative. Instead of a typical bar or barrel shape, it takes the form of an arch, which is basically a long bar that is bent into a smooth curve. The speaker’s shape is quite visually interesting, and instantly grabs attention!

What we like

  • Has a visually exciting shape
  • Directs audio in multiple directions

What we dislike

3. Frame Sound

Frame Sound is a concept for a speaker that focuses on creating playlists for you and letting you adjust it to your preference. It is rectangle-shaped and industrial-looking, evoking the feels of the old-school radio that some of us may have grown up with.

Why is it noteworthy?

What makes this more than just a speaker is that its focus is on playlists. You can save and easily access your frequently played playlists through buttons found at the top of the speaker. The purpose of the dials is if you want to mix it up by having new songs pop up on your playlist. Pushing the dial toward the speaker will add newer or more “unfamiliar” songs to the playlist while pulling the dial in the opposite direction will decrease that ratio. This makes the entire audio-listening experience more personalized, and intimate!

What we like

  • Has a dial feature instead of just the usual play, pause, rewind, and forward buttons
  • Focuses on playlists, hence adding a personal touch

What we dislike

  • The product description doesn’t really explain how the music part comes in

4. The Marshall Willen

Just about as small as a slice of regular bread (that’s the best size comparison I could come up with), the Marshall Willen is the company’s tiniest portable speaker ever made.

Why is it noteworthy?

With its iconic guitar-amp-inspired design, the Willen lets you carry your love for audio around with you. It weighs a mere 0.68 lb (310 grams) and comes with a rubber strap that lets you secure it pretty much anywhere. On the inside, the Willen houses a 2-inch driver powered by a 10W amp, and two passive radiators that help deliver the punch of a much larger speaker.

What we like

  • IP67 water and dust resistance
  • Ability to pair with other Willen speakers in what Marshall calls a ‘Stack Mode’

What we dislike

  • There’s no WiFi connectivity or voice-command compatibility on this one

5. The Bored Buds

The Bored Buds are a concept for a pair of earbuds that are not just intuitively designed but are also multi-functional. Basically, they’re earbuds that are also part of a Bluetooth speaker.

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Why is it noteworthy?

So when you’re not listening to music using the audio accessories, they are nestled in the speakers through the protective case and serve as the control buttons. The speaker itself does not have any interface or display so the earbuds will serve as your on/off, pause/play, and volume up/down buttons.

What we like

  • 100% recyclable
  • Feature a pill shape, so they fit comfortably in your ears

What we dislike

6. Polaroid Speakers

If you have been a photographer or love photography, chances are you have used or at least are familiar with the name Polaroid. After giving us colorful cameras to make photography impactful, Polaroid is venturing into the musical lanes with a series of four consumer-oriented speakers that are reminiscent of the company’s vibrant image.

Why is it noteworthy?

The four speakers in question are simply called P1, P2, P3, and P4. The basic naming doesn’t at all mean that these music players are in any way inferior to the competition. All of them have the hues to floor us. The little, cube-shaped Polaroid P1 music player the company says “is apple size.”

What we like

  • All the speakers can be paired with a simple tap and have the same music flowing through all the rooms of your house

What we dislike

  • Don’t boast support for voice assistants or any fancy connected features

7. DROPS

In many cases, like smart home speakers, these audio devices have taken on more artistic forms, functioning both as tech equipment as well as room decor. Some even hide in plain sight as picture frames or sculptures. This wireless speaker concept is cut from the same cloth, providing a beautiful art piece that is both a Bluetooth speaker you can carry around as well as a wireless charging pad for your devices.

Why is it noteworthy?

DROPS, as its name would imply, is inspired by the gentle ripples created when something small falls on a larger body of water, represented by the concentric circles in the center of the base. Just like how the water eventually settles down and returns to its calm state, the rest of the base outside the ripples is flat and smooth.

What we like

  • A part of the base also functions as a wireless charger
  • The speaker can actually be removed from the base if that wasn’t yet evident,  allowing DROPS to be used anywhere at any time

What we dislike

  • Charging outdoors could prove to be difficult when the battery runs out

8. The Aurras Speaker

The Aurras speaker concept tries to take its design cues from Caterpillar, better identified by its CAT logo, a brand whose heavy equipment has become a de facto standard in the industry. It has even lent its name to smartphones that try to capitalize on the company’s fame for producing rugged products.

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Why is it noteworthy?

The speaker looks like something that would be coming out of an outer space warp gate, carrying inside it other spaceships. The trapezoidal shape and industrial appearance give it an almost militaristic look in this context. You can almost expect the front of the device to lower like a drawbridge and unleash dozens of smaller ships upon enemy forces.

What we like

  • Designed to be easy to take apart using an Allen key
  • Its aluminum and HDPE plastic shell were also chosen to give it actual ruggedness

What we dislike

9. Ocelli

Ocelli- The Split Speakers by Indian concept designer Shantanu Maheshwari transverses the thin line of size and requirement. It offers consumers a choice to pick one speaker that’s apt for both stationary and portable usage and do a little more. The interestingly designed speaker system is conceived to split in the middle so you can have two small speakers to carry in your backpack.

Why is it noteworthy?

From how the designer puts it, the idea of splitting the speaker in half is inspired by the cleave separating eyes of a bee. The form has been specifically chosen for its friendliness and convenience. The Bluetooth speaker is divided in the center by a metallic strip that binds the two speakers together. The nice mesh body, metallic connection, and three choices of colors give it an incredibly entertaining design aesthetic bound to appeal to all audiophiles.

What we like

  • Ocelli will also provide a day’s playback time when untethered from the charging pod

What we dislike

  • There is no information on the backup or its sound wattage at the moment
  • It’s still a concept!

10. Oa

Oa is a speaker that you can use as a pillow to embrace (not to lie on) to help you fall asleep if that’s a problem that you’re having. But more than just something that can play white noise or sleep music, it actually is designed to capture the life of the companion (meaning you) and the device.

Why is it noteworthy?

The shape of this companion is like any oval-shaped smart speaker with one major difference: there’s a huge hole in the middle which they call curved grooves. And of course, the material used is smoother and softer since it’s meant to be embraced by the user and may even be tossed and turned as you sleep.

What we like

  • Gives off some “vibrations” to keep you warm and help you sleep

What we dislike