Louis Vuitton has unveiled its next foray into tech products: the $2,890 Horizon Light Up Speaker, which looks less like a gadget or piece of high fashion, and more like an artifact of unprecedented cosmic power from the next Marvel movie.
According to Louis Vuitton, the idea that the Horizon speaker will serve as an artistic centerpiece of your living room or outfit is a unique blend of fashion and technology that aims to challenge what a portable speaker should look like, a goal in which the undoubtedly succeeded.
But between the glass, stainless steel and leather construction, 35 LEDs, and the brand’s traditional symbols and logos plastered onto virtually every speaker surface, the overall effect is less of the kind of discreet, high-quality speaker that companies like Bang & Olufsen is known for one more ‘eldritch space artifact’. However, since I don’t have a cool $2,890 laying around to buy and disassemble a Horizon speaker, I can’t confirm with 100 percent certainty whether any of the Infinity Stones are housed in it.
The company says the Horizon speaker is inspired by its similarly alien-shaped Toupie handbag, which comes in a similar, UFO-esque design (and, incidentally, sold at a similar price range of over $2,000).
Despite its outlandish looks and astronomical price tag, Louis Vuitton does indeed seem to have built a pretty nice speaker, at least technically. The Horizon features a three-inch subwoofer, two 0.75-inch tweeters, three microphones for voice calls, up to 15 hours of playback without charging, an included charging/display dock, and both Bluetooth 5.1 and AirPlay 2 for wireless audio. It even charges via USB-C. Of course, those are all things you would hope to see on a bare minimum on a speaker that costs close to $3,000.
The Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up speaker is available to order now from Louis Vuitton’s website, though it won’t ship until July 31st – assuming the Mad Titan doesn’t take them all in first.