The time of the old-school box-like speakers seems to have passed, since intriguing shaped models appear constantly on the market. What went for bizarre at first is now regular and the Kayak speakers, designed by NACSound for Sonance, are here to prove it. Imagined by D.Pinocci & F. Pellisari, the Kayak introduces the concept of a single-body speaker with stereophonic omni-directional emission.
It can be placed on any surface (wall, floor, ceiling, suspended horizontally, vertically or diagonally with its own matching aluminum Arc), and it will look absolutely amazing and futuristic, wherever you may find a place for it, regardless of the sizes of your home.
The enameled porcelain encasing the speakers, or the aluminum (the speakers are available in both materials) is attractive and keeps its shape over time, guaranteeing a superior sound quality., not to mention the fact that their value is considerably greater than some may think, since they are in fact handmade, ensuring fine attention to detail.
With its output of 60W, it is ideal for use in homes or anywhere with insufficient space for the speakers to be mounted from the ceiling. The 86dB sensitivity, together with the 8Ohm impedance, make the Kayak a decent home speaker, although, judging by its price, of $2900, it's clear that it's in fact this speaker's design that is worth all the money.
However, the superior craftsmanship of the people over at NACSound, and the novelty of its appearance will definitely make customers curious about the capabilities of the Kayak that doesn't go upstream, but rather in their living rooms. The big deal about the Kayak is that those lamp-like cones on the top and bottom, each contain a coaxial driver array. And that jewel-shaped gray thing in the middle? That's an acoustic reflector, computer-designed so that the resulting sound field gives the best possible stereo image. Even more impressive, it works whether suspended horizontally or vertically.
These innovative speakers are available in 14 different finishes: black, graphite, painted steel, blue-gold, zebra, spiral platinum, striped platinum, brushed steel, matte white, platinum, terracotta, matte orange, reflected gold and reflected copper. They definitely don't come cheap, but since they boats about rendering stereophonic sound from only one speaker, it's kind of your gain after all, since you can only buy one.