Making appliances out of car parts isn’t a new concept, but that doesn’t diminish the rugged appeal of these chromed Bluetooth speakers by Porsche Design.
At a hefty 3.3kg, it struts an ample 60 watts of power in a 29cm frame that’s for the most part aesthetic. One of these will suffice for movie-viewing in the living room, but is unlikely to fill the entirety of a GCB’s first floor. It works off Bluetooth 4.0 tech that is a standard in most consumer devices today, although the next generation of smartphones, beginning with Samsung’s S8, come with version 5.0. Bear in mind this means cross-room playing can be an issue especially with multi-storey houses. It promises painless pairing via Near-Field Communications (NFC), and enough juice to power 24 hours of music playback.
This isn’t the first time Porsche Design has tinkered with audio peripherals – we reviewed their headphones collaboration with KEF here, and its performance was solid. The electronics in this one, however, are probably built by an unnamed OEM, then subject to Porsche Design’s quality control team. We wouldn’t worry about overall build and audio quality.
But tech’s not what you’ll get these pipes for – most will buy into the 911 Speaker knowing that the exhaust housing is a genuine vehicle part – as opposed to being manufactured for the speakers as a design gimmick. Pair it up with a couch made from upcycled plane parts and chairs hewn from old Vespas, and you’ve got yourself a nice gearhead theme going in your living room.