Hidden hi-fi: why are wireless speakers being disguised as pieces of furniture?


The world of wireless speakers is changing. While barely indistinguishable minimalist designs are still very much in vogue – think of the Amazon Echo and the Apple HomePod mini – we’re now seeing an increasing number of speakers with innovative designs that allow them to double up as home furnishings, and even pieces of actual furniture. 

Recently, audio giants including Sonos and Bang & Olufsen have expanded their lineups to include such speakers, producing everything from speakers disguised as lamps and books, to speaker arrays that can be built directly into your ceiling. 


The world of wireless speakers is changing. While barely indistinguishable minimalist designs are still very much in vogue – think of the Amazon Echo and the Apple HomePod mini – we’re now seeing an increasing number of speakers with innovative designs that allow them to double up as home furnishings, and even pieces of actual furniture. 

Recently, audio giants including Sonos and Bang & Olufsen have expanded their lineups to include such speakers, producing everything from speakers disguised as lamps and books, to speaker arrays that can be built directly into your ceiling. 

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