By Alexandra Burlacu email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 13, 2013 11:48 AM EST
If a tree falls down in the woods with no one around to hear it, it'll still make a booming sound with JVC's wooden speakers.
JVC's new cube-shaped hollow wooden speakers just made the sound of nature a bit more stylish. They don't look like speakers at all, but they can stream real-time sounds from the middle of nature.
Basically, JVC Kenwood has set up microphones across Japan's tree-laden mountains, streaming the sounds of the forests live over the Internet, with output by handcrafted chestnut cube speakers. What JVC Kenwood aims to do here is deliver a smashing solo by Mother Nature straight into the user's living room.
The chestnut frames don't contain any large speaker parts, as they are the speakers. The wooden panels are connected by dovetail joints at the corners to deliver a hollow frame. They come in 12.2-inch or 5.35-inch sizes, and are designed to produce medium and high-pitched nature sounds. Deep bass, however, is a challenge, which means that these speakers are not ideal for music.
JVC Kenwood has designed the hollow wooden frames to reproduce sounds by vibrating. The company is also offering authentic nature sounds to go along with the speakers. With a monthly subscription service, users can enjoy real-time sound streamed from microphones placed across the mountains of Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, and Morotsuka Village, Miyazaki Prefecture.
The company has not yet announced a price for this subscription service, but users will soon be able to download a smartphone app and direct sound data to the speakers wirelessly. As expected, however, the speakers are a luxury item which means they certainly won't come cheap.
The new wooden JVC Kenwood speakers are set to launch this spring as top-end accessories with a price to match. The small speaker will sport a ¥60,000 price tag, or about $680, while the larger model goes up to ¥300,000, i.e. more than $3,400.
Front row tickets to nature's live show, however, may be worth the extra money for those who can afford it. After all, luxury never comes cheap, and at least this one gets users closer to nature and may provide a peaceful good-night sleep.