It might cost more than most iPod sound systems – but the Phonofone II offers a lot more style and doesn’t need any power.
Designed by Tristan Zimmerman, this gramophone-style ceramic speaker needs no power – it uses ‘passive amplification’ to transform music from a portable player and earphones into an output of up to 55 decibels. Apparently, it’s better for blues, classical and folk rather than electronic sounds and rock, but should give a decent output across the board – and it looks good on your desk even when not in use.
Not cheap at $500 (around £250), but it’s only available for a limited time – so could be one for collectors.
Find out more at the Charles & Marie website