Joey Roth’s Ceramic Speakers a Sight to Behold

Product: Ceramic Speakers

Manufacturer: Joey Roth

Wired Rating: 7


got, like, a petabyte of music on your PC, but those built-in speakers
can barely squeeze out a new-email alert. Pump up the volume with a
proper desktop sound system.

Desktop speakers have a knack for looking boxy and boring and sounding so-so. Enter: Joey Roth and his merry men. An improbable, eye-popping mix of Jetson-esque curves and rustic materials, industrial designer Joey Roth’s crockery-cum-speaker set produces a bold, crisp tone that’s great for movie-watching and MP3 jam sessions.

From the packaging down to the tiniest details, these well-built speakers look like a desktop design exhibit. Even the cables are pretty (think pink bubblegum). Ceramic horn-shaped speaks sit inside smooth wooden stands that appear to defy the laws of gravity. A separate unit houses the volume control slider, which just adds to the coolness.

Our only complaint was that the bass lacked punch in some action flicks and hip hop; it’s highly noticeable at first, but after a long listen, it’s easy to forget about the boom. The likes of Dr. Dre would not be pleased.

WIRED Like buying an art piece and getting great speakers, too. External amp lets you locate the volume switch wherever you damn well please. Go ahead and rage: Joey’s kids are loud enough to fill a large room.

TIRED Boomless bass. Dr. Dre would disapprove. Sound stage suffers if you’re not sitting in the sweet spot. A bit more look than listen. No money left for dinner (for a month).

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