Linkski Design Exposed Concrete Loudspeakers

Ladies love the Linkski Design Exposed loudspeakers.

At pretty much the same time (just around noon on Wednesday), five lovely women sent me pretty much the same e-mail:

“Have you seen these?” they asked. “I want them,” they said.

I had not seen them, but they are beautiful. We can learn from this. There must be a lesson hidden here. But what? Girls like concrete? Girls like it raw and rough?

Let’s read from the press materials. Perhaps we’ll find some clues. The designer, 29-year old Shmuel Linski, says:

In my work I tried to give, in addition to great aesthetics, practical reasons for using concrete as a main material in a product. When concrete meets sound, it might distort the sound, because the concrete is very stiff (usually speakers are made of wood or MDF). The speakers might therefore sound strange.

The Horn speaker technology that I used in my project, works just great with the concrete, even without the need of padding the speakers from the inside.

The Driver, which is located in the top part of the speaker, moves the air through a pipe (96cm long) and into a horn shaped mouth in the bottom of the speaker. The weight (56kg) makes the speakers very solid, and turns these speakers into a unique product, invoking a sense of nirvana for concrete lovers and audiophiles.

Hmm. When a girl tells you she wants something, she’s actually giving you a hint, right? She expects you to bring it home for her, right? Great. Why couldn’t it be a kitty or a carton of milk? Why did it have to be a 125-lb speaker made of concrete?

soulful.terrain's picture




I wonder how much these sewer main pipes cost?

Bubbamike's picture

Maybe she needs a boat anchor. I don't think the late Enid Lumly or Elizabeth H would want those in their living rooms.

drumguy48's picture

It may not be as bad as you think Stephen, they actually only weigh 123.2 lbs!

R Browne's picture

At least you probably don't have to worry that they will be stolen if your home is broken into while away...

deckeda's picture

Keep trying. The shape is fine, but unfinished, unpainted concrete has only the aesthetic of surprise, as in "oh, I normally only see that look on culverts, support walls or bridges. And here it is in a thing that normally has style. Tee hee."

Changing the venue of ugly don't make it pretty. It does make it trendy for a short while however.

And the shame of it is of course that Linski also picked it for its sound qualities he wanted and what gets the press? The look.

Markus Sauer's picture

I love the looks. Unfortunately, the horn is absolutely useless as a horn. Sorry, but someone needs to spend a bit more time studying speaker design.

dbowker's picture

I could see it working, but it needs some refinement. And how do they stay standing? Looks like a child/pet/foot crusher as is.

Kingston99's picture

I think you'll want to get the speaker placement right on these on the first or second try. Do they come with a discount coupon for a chiropractic visit I wonder?

They'd look nice in the garden with my gargoyle sculpture... Perhaps the next version could also incorporate a bird bath?

Skeptica's picture

There is something to be said for dense hard cabinets, but they have to be implemented well. I've been using the nOrh 9.0 in marble cabinets for a decade and I love their sound which includes rich deep bass with no cabinet effects. They are also beautiful and will never be pegged to a popular period style. They will be as unique one-hundred years from now as they are now and because they are milled out of a solid piece of marble the cabinets could last longer than our civilization. Thousands of years from now someone could dig them up and wrap some animal skin around the large opening and use them as drums. And the scanspeak revelator drivers make the sound just wonderful all the way down to 34Hz -3db.