La Boite Concept+CC LAB's

LD120 Hi-Fi Soundsystem+Laptop Desk

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The first hi-fidelity system designed as a laptop dock: La Boite LD120.

Andy spotted this gorgeous sound system at last year's Maison et Object show and, being a bit of an audio buff, returned home raving about the design concept and its stunning sound.

High-end audio is in the DNA of Paris-based La Boite Concept and CC LAB: founders Timothée and Guillaume Cagniard are the third generation in the business (Marie Cagniard Yeramian founded the landmark SIARE speaker company in 1945). The brothers recognized a new era of music lovers carried their collections on portable devices capable of high sound quality—but were often plugged into low-quality speakers. No more. La boite means "box," and the brothers went outside the proverbial confines of industry standards with uncompromising attention to every detail.

The built-in DAC (digital to analogue converter) sound card translates the digital audio of the laptop via USB into analogue—a much higher quality sound card than is found in 99% of laptops. The signal is fed to discrete amps (2 x 25 watts + 1 x 70 watts), and then to seven speakers developed exclusively for La Boite: two tweeters, two full range, two mid and one woofer. It is designed to be placed against a wall, so the two full-range speakers at the rear of the unit disperse and reflect off the wall, creating a wide stereo image, even when standing or sitting close to the unit.

There is an input for a minjack (phone/iPod/iPad/portable music player output) and RCA audio jacks (for any other audio device), as well as a bluetooth adapter to allow for wireless playback. Not to mention bass and treble controls and a built-in plug for providing laptop or device power. The entire unit only requires ONE cable to be plugged in, and this is hidden in the leg for neat-freaks! To save power, if no audio is detected after 15 minutes, the unit automatically switches to standby.

Best of all—besides the sound, of course—it's all contained in what resembles a children's school desk like those found in French schools, but the legs are coated in a glossy piano-lacquered finish and the top is covered in leather. It can also be used as a desk. As beautiful to look at as it is to listen to, however, why work when you can dance?

Base price: $1,700.00
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Size: 30" t x 22.5" w x 20.5" d
Material: Piano-lacquered MDF and leather blotter.
Packaging: Branded box
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Price includes shipping in continental USA.
Technical Info:
2.1 active speaker with Wide Sound ® stereophony
Loudspeakers 7 La Boite concept drivers :
2 X 50 mm (2 inch) Tweeters with 1,1 in. diameter silk dome
2 x 70 mm (2,75 inch) Full range
2 x 100 mm (4.0 inch) Medium drivers aluminum basket
1 x 160 mm (6 inch) Woofer aluminum basket
Speakers and amplifiers fully shielded
Frequency range 20 Hz to 20 KHz
Amplifiers: 2 x 25 Watts RMS at 8 ohms, 1 x 70 Watts RMS at 8 ohms
Total developed power: 120 Watts RMS - 8 ohms
Power supply 100 V - 230 VAC 50/60 Hz (cable supplied, total length 2.2m)
Standby Triggering in less than 10 min, power consumption < 1W
Inputs:
RCA with analog mini jack (cable supplied)
Bluetooth Adapter (included)
Mini jack with analog mini jack (cable supplied)
USB 2.0 DAC sound card for PC and MAC link, compatible Mac OS 9, 10, Windows XP, Vista, 7 (cable supplied).
110 V socket to power your equipment