Ann Arbor, MI-based Leon Speakers, known for their high-end A/V solutions that juxtapose the drama of art with the pinnacle of sound, announced this week that they have launched a line of wood trim encasements that bring the warmth of richly detailed woodgrain to the normal gray and black boxes of popular SONOS brand speakers. Known as Tonecase Hardwood Cabinets, Leon manages to bring a new form of richness to SONOS- a visual one.
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Seeing the photography the company provided with the announcement for this new line, we’d have to say the visual look harkens back to the earlier days in our industry where the style, design, and color of the cabinet was nearly as important to consumers as the sound quality of the system. Actually, come to think of it, for many consumers, the look of the cabinet was more important.
Leon has created a tasteful series of designs that work with SONOS’ PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5 and PLAYBAR. The change to the look of standard SONOS speakers is visually quite stunning.
Echoes of an Earlier Time
In the announcement from the company, they make no attempt to hide from the fact that this concept echos the early days of our industry, when electronic products like TVs and music systems (both early mono and later stereo models) used enclosure designs that “transformed spaces in the 1960s and 70s with their media cabinets that integrated speakers and record players, while complementing beautiful spaces and different aesthetics.” Although, while the concept echos those days, Leon’s designs don’t look dated.
“Our Tonecase Hardwood Cabinets mix art with audio and design ewith technology,” says Noah Kaplan, founder of Leon Speakers. “We buy cell phones and then we purchase cases that reflect our personal style. Our Toncase cabinets offer consumers a similar level of style and customization, perfectly talilored for their SONOS speakers.”
The company says it only uses all-American solid harwoods, such as black walnut, and white oak and that the cabinets are “meticulously handcrafted.” Knowing the company, we’d definitely give them the benefit of the doubt as Leon has built an enviable reputation for craftsmanship of their products.
The Tonecase line comes in three sizes to match the three popular SONOS models. The company says that Tonecase cabinets offer full access to all necessary controls and provides for wiring management.
Leon Came to Play
Also in the line is a model known as Tonecase FIT mounting solution, which provides a mounting system for the SONOS Playbar, attaching it to the TV in a custom width cabinet that exactly matches the width of the television. Also provided is a custom crafted grill covering to seamlessly match the design to any room. Leon calls this “Picture Perfect Sound.”
Tonecase Hardwood Cabinets models Tc1S, Tc3S, and Tc5S retail for $249/$295/$395 MSRP each respectively, and are available in White Oak, Black Walnut, or black or white painted oak. Consumers can purchase them directly from Leon at www.leonspeakers.com/tonecase.
The Tonecase FIT Mounting System for Playbar, known as the TcFIT model, sells $595 MSRP with a hand-stretched, custom-width grill. The TcFIT can also be purchased without the grill for $395 MSRP. The Tonecase FIT Mounting System for Playbar can be purchased through an authorized Leon Speaker dealer or integrator. To locate your nearest dealer, visit: www.leonspeakers.com/retail-locator.
Learn more about Leon and their products at: www.leonspeakers.com.