The best looking speakers


I have 2 systems in my house. I am quite happy with what I have.
but I was wondering, what are the best looking speakers out there?
I haven’t taken up the question of new speakers with my wife, but more aesthetically pleasing speakers might help my cause/diseas.  
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What's your budget? Room size (floor stand or bookshelf)?
johndinius, the waf is entirely unpredictable. It depends on the wife's tastes and the decor of the room along with the degree of animosity she has for spending money on such worthless things as speakers. Most women want speakers that are entirely hidden. Of course we all know in wall speakers generally suck. Smart guys will carve out a room for themselves in which they have the ultimate say. The deal of course is the wife has the rest of the house. Hog tied again. Believe it or not K horns are usually well accepted because they fit tight into a corner, are made of handsome veneers and don't look like speakers. Unfortunately, most of us do not like the sound as is. Planar speakers are out because they have to be away from the wall and become the preeminent fixture of the room not the painting your daughter did when she was 12 years old.
The best advise I can give is include your wife in the decision making, bring her to any auditions, let her know how much music means to you and keep your fingers crossed. I lucked out unintentionally because when I met the love of my life I had Magnepan Tympani 3's which could easily win the award for the ugliest speaker ever made. Anything would be an improvement. Score one for the good guys:) I still get my volume turned down all the time. They just do not like loud music and you can't teach them how to down shift. Am I in trouble yet?
Mine are. Your opinion may vary :-)

+1 for:
"Smart guys will carve out a room for themselves in which they have the ultimate say"
Subjective of course but I think generally Sonus Faber probably looks the best
I like the big Dali Epicon 8 in Rosewood Hi-gloss...
I have Totem winds in the main room and fritz Carreras upstairs.
i don’t think either look bad....  
i think the devore’s look pretty good. 
Dali Epicon 6 or 8! 
i think the devore’s look pretty good.

Be careful how you say that or you might wind up single
Any comments on Joseph Audio Perspective or PMC Fact 12 signature I think JA offers some very nice finishes 
 Focal Electra 1038be. Pictures don't do them justice.  They are really gorgeous, especially with the grills off. My wife even loves them.
Not every woman dislikes Maggies my wife likes my 3.7i and will often times say turn it up when playing music she enjoys.
I agree. Take her to a show and ask her to tell you which speakers are visually appealing and which are unacceptable. Many manufacturers will have a selection of finishes (colors, veneers, etc) which may help. Speakers that are designed to be near the wall may also help. 
Another vote for Sonus Faber. Dali too.
I appreciate the responses. Gives me companies to look at. Which I really enjoy doing.
The wife wanted stand mounts, i wanted good rich sound.  we both wanted speakers with a natural wood finish that complimented the woodwork in our 1900 Edwardian house.
Ref 3A de Capos in red maple.  8.25 woofer
FWIW...we all deal with WAF issues and it was a motivating factor in me starting my company.  I make stand-mounts largely because my wife hates floor standers and it allows me to keep my own speakers in the living room.  But every wife is different. 

You need to define best looking according to her.  I designed the speakers to my wife’s taste.  I use simple cabinets with interesting looking drivers.  I thought she would be horrified by my stands and she loved them and thinks the metal IsoAcoustic pucks look great.  They can be unpredictable at best.  

For me, I had a pair of Raidho X-1s.  To say my wife hated them doesn’t really capture her feelings and she ranted about the white speaker cone.  I use an Eton driver and the cone is shiny white with a sort of swirl to it and she loves it.  Shiny vs flat made a difference too her.  Gloss baffle vs aluminum baffle mattered to her.  Again, unpredictable at best.  

But, I can only complain so much since she did allow me to start my own speaker company.  The right manufacturer can be more flexible than you think.  I work with a cabinet maker who will put any veneer on my cabinets.  We can stain or paint them any color.  I am about to do a photo shoot with a speaker in an African Rosewood/Bubinga veneer.  

Find the right company to work with and you will have a lifetime of happiness.  
Focal Sopra 2 or 3. The finish and style are only secondary to their fantastic sound. I own a pair of the Sopra 2's. 
I do too! 
The Focal 2/3 Speakers not only look great they also sound great!

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Vienna acoustics, salk sound, Wilson and meridian for the modern look. Lumen white, acoustic zen. The grey oak on the contour 60’s.
I have a thing for the zu audio speakers too.
@boxer12 beat me to it.
Mine. Every single time.

All the best,
Nonoise
Corinthian Leather of course.

Focals are Sexiest.

Sonus Faber are most Elegant

PMC has the edgy modern look going pretty well.

One can certainly Dilly with Dali

I own none of them and am still married.
Gale 401a [the chrome end ones]. 45 years on they are still the most beautiful speaker made and they sound better than 99% of modern speakers too.Next to that Sonus Faber Amati Futura are gorgeous sculptural things that also sound superb.
Sonus Faber seems to come up most often and their upper line is certainly beautifully made. The Aida is also beautiful to listen to. If I had a room that was unacceptable for a Big ESL that is what I would go with. 
Oh and notice how nobody talks about Wilson, YG or Magico. Are they on the right path? 
Depending on the surrounding decor, personal taste, and budget, the understated elegance of Daedalus Audio speakers may be worth considering. From their website:

All of our speaker cabinets are made with solid .75” thick renewable North American Hardwoods. There are no veneers or MDF. For over twenty five years we have been building speaker cabinets of solid hardwood for both home and professional use, and they have been used worldwide proving the durability, sonic and visual excellence of solid wood.

The hardwood for every pair of speakers is individually matched and chosen with the preferences of the client in mind, very much the same process as having a fine instrument custom built by a luthier. These are heirloom speakers and the hardwood is the heart of every pair.

And if you research comments on them in past threads here and elsewhere I think you’ll find that their combination of "fast" and dynamic yet very natural sound character, high efficiency, high power handling capability, benign impedance characteristics, and versatility with respect to amplification hold a lot of appeal as well.  And, last but not least, Lou Hinckley of Daedalus is a pleasure to deal with

Good luck. Regards,
-- Al

MAGICO M3s or M2s are the best looking and sounding speakers out there.
When it comes to WAF, mine seemed to prefer soft lines and curvy appearances rather than straight lines, sharp edges, and form follows function approach.  Naturally she liked sonus faber lute shaped speakers.  Surprisingly she also really likes the verity audio Parsifal in makore finish.  With the bass module facing to the rear, the monitors look like they are resting on fine furniture.
Harbeths but that depends on your decor. In our kinda modern loft sort of place, the M30.1s are gorgeous, especially on thin stands like the old Foundation. That said, I think the best looking speaker of all time is the original Quad ESL, loved by my wife as well, but we don't have the space anymore.
I also think you should look at YG , as they are almost sculpturel.
If your home's aesthetic leans towards the resurgence of mid century modern, the Davone speaker line would fit right in. Have an Eames lounge chair in the room?  The Davone Ray would look great out in front.
But...I always wonder if these "form first" products live up to the sound quality of their uglier counterparts. The reviews are always from tech outlets and not traditional audio press.


Totally depends on your aesthetic and room furnishings. I'm on my third (and last) pair of Daedalus Audio speakers. Can't decide whether I love the look or the sound of them more. Heirloom pieces, crafted one at a time by a master craftsman who knows what real instruments sound like and is able to get his speakers to reproduce them accurately. Not for everyone though--we have a house full of Stickley reproductions so Lou's speakers just blend in beautifully, adding to the ambiance (my wife might say at least not detracting from it). But many people these days prefer a modern, spartan aesthetic like you see in all the magazines--places where something from Wilson or Rockport would fit right in and my Daedalus Apollo's would look out of place. 
Any of the Tannoy Prestige series....your ears will thank you too
No matter what the color, material or shape; if it sounds great, my appreciation for its aesthetics (or lack of) will rise to the same level
IMHO the best looking(& most impressive) are the JBL Paragons, Metregons, and Hartsfields. Not the best sounding (although not BAD). The generate the most Oohs & Ahhs. They are conversation starters, for sure. There are a lot of ‘pretty’ speakers, and a ton of great sounding speakers out there but the early JBL Line is, hands down, the most impressive looking. Again, IMHO‼️
p.s., I’m surprised no one mentioned the early JBL line. Maybe a lack of experience, they are ‘60 plus years old! 
p.p.s. Granted, they do have a low WAF!
The new full range Larsen 9's are small, quite stylish and are placed against the wall, so don't intrude into the room. Amazing bass and tonality as well. Worth checking out.
Sonus Faber Aida or Estelon Extreme.
Just like you know a good speaker when you hear one, you'll recognize a good looking speaker when you see it. The trick is achieving both simultaneously, while staying within your budget. Best of luck in your search.
I think the first response in this string was Sonus Faber.  I have to support and agree with that opinion.  My wife will not “tolerate” (I still wear pants😝) speakers that do not look like furniture.  It took me some time to find the right line of speakers to grow into.  Grow into meaning as my budget increased, I could count on the line of speakers to support my acoustic expectations and my wife’s “furniture” expectations.  Sonus Faber has not let me down in meeting my growth goals.
Triangle Theta stand mounts. Sound and beauty.
At lot of speakers are designed to draw attention to themselves, or to look good in and of themselves. I looked for a speaker that did just the opposite, to blend in as much as possible with the room it was in, and to draw as little as possible attention to itself. That was on of the reasons I chose Magico A3's. Their appearance is refined as you can get in a plain black box that does not call attention to itself.

Many, if not most, larger speakers are pure eyesores in a room, the bigger they are the more gruesome and overwhelming to a room's decor. No wonder our spouses get pissed off about having them in the house. Magico's at least are not garish or weirdly shaped as some speakers are and distract you as little as possible from the surrounding room furnishings, even though there is no ignoring them or most other large speakers.

Mike
The KLH Nines! And double pairs have even more WOW factor!
One more for JBL Paragons, Metregons, and Hartsfields.  I have a restored Metregon in a bedroom and it’s the centerpiece of the room.  Along with those classics but a current model, JBL DD67000 Everests are worthy of an art museum...