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An Austrian architecture and design studio called KMKG Studio custom makes each iTree, an iPhone-docking sound system carved from a single tree from a forest in Austria. Each is sound engineered by the Austrian speaker company Lenz.
Each iTree is unique, and you can choose from three kinds of wood as well as the length. The iTree costs between $7,800 and $15,000.
The iBamboo speaker is a very low-cost ($25) way to amplify sound, and with an attractive piece of cut bamboo. The design is extremely minimal and elegant. A carved slot for the iPhone straddles the divider between two compartments of bamboo, separating the stereo signal from the iPhone’s two bottom speakers, using the wood to amplify the sound.
The Finite Elemente Hohrizontal 51 is a simple wall-mountable shelf but with a difference. It has two speakers and an iPhone cradle built into the front, leaving nearly all the shelf space available for books, knickknacks, framed pictures or even a TV. It can hold up to 55 pounds.
The minimalist design masks real flexibility. On the bottom of the shelf, hidden from view, you’ll find inputs for plugging in a laptop (via USB) or audio components. A composite video output means you can play videos from your iPhone on your TV.
It’s also a surprisingly powerful sound system. You can see the two small speakers in the front, but you can’t see the big woofer speakers on the bottom — or the 50-watt power output.
It comes in red, gray, black, white, cobalt, mallow or natural-wood walnut.
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