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Whamodyne Glass Speakers - traditional electronics in a unique new form

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May 24, 2011

A set of speakers from Logitech are given a new lease on life in the Glass Speakers from W...

A set of speakers from Logitech are given a new lease on life in the Glass Speakers from Whamodyne

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If, like me, you've often wondered what would happen if you took a diamond drill to a glass vase and then fed in some audio - the answer we've been looking for takes the shape of the Glass Speakers from Whamodyne. A set of Logitech S120 computer speakers have been stripped apart, the components forced into a pair of glass vases, each of which have then been mounted at a slight tilt on a hand-made birch plywood base. They're not as powerful or as slick as the precious-looking GLA-55 touch-sensitive speakers from Harman Kardon, but they are about a tenth of the price.

Inspired by the creations of designer Joey Roth, the Glass Speaker system has been constructed by making a circular hole in the bottom of two 7.5-inch long, 3.5-inch diameter glass vases with a diamond saw to accommodate a speaker each. To allow it to lie flush against the bottom of the upturned vase, the speaker is first mounted on a clear plastic disc and then fixed into position.

A set of speakers from Logitech are given a new lease on life in the Glass Speakers from W...

The system's amplifier board and a 120V AC power transformer are placed ship-in-bottle style inside the right Glass Speaker housing, with a volume pot and on/off switch on the outside. An LED on the amp board lets you know when the unit in on. The total RMS output of the speakers is 2.3W, with a frequency response of 50Hz - 20kHz. Connection to a computer, MP3 player or mobile device is via a 3.5 mm stereo jack.

The Glass Speakers offer something a little less ordinary for your device audio needs, and can be ordered from Whamodyne's Etsy store at a cost of US$89.

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4 Comments

Thanks for the post!

Actually there is no clear plastic disc, each speaker is mounted directly on the glass. Well,there are rubber washers but it's a direct bolt on. Here's a picture

W Raymond Alderman
24th May, 2011 @ 04:03 pm PDT

I have a hand drum crafted of thick glass and the sound is amazing. The high density of the glass renders good lows, and the hardness of the material creates nice crisp highs..

How glass works as a speaker cab? My guess is that as long as the material is thick enough, with rounded edges, it will work well, without "ringing" artifacts, so I have my doubts about the suitability of a vase.. the walls look too thin, and the rim not blunt enough, nice hack tho!

j-stroy
25th May, 2011 @ 06:48 am PDT

All that and only 2W of power?

quatermass
30th May, 2011 @ 04:03 am PDT

Spectacularly ugly.

Jason Catterall
1st June, 2011 @ 03:51 pm PDT
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