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Why I Love White Speakers

Everyone has a favorite color; mine is red, and my husband (it’s no secret about Jeff Dorgay) loves lime green. When it comes to accessorizing these are the colors that attract us.

However,  our favorite colors sometimes may tend to be a bit too harsh indoors, or too big (in the case of lime green, no offense my love).  What man or woman hasn’t incorporated black into their wardrobe, or home? It’s understated and elegant and goes with everything.   There isn’t anything quite as beautiful as a pair of black lacquer speakers or black cars. In reality, black is only beautiful without smudges or dust, which is almost impossible to achieve.  The opposite of black is white, a non-color that reflects light rather than absorbing it.  Even the smallest black speaker will look more massive than a white one; all an illusion.

Bowers & Wilkins matte white speakers blend in with the room and don’t fight with the colors you are already using, still looking bright and best of all, they always look smart. Europeans have favored white for years as they have less available light than other places – especially the Scandinavian countries. Whether you live in the Northern part of the U.S. and have more rain, or in the lower Southern states with heat, white speakers reflect light. The new B&W705’s that I’ve placed in the bedroom blend with modern as well as traditional settings, so eclectic does well too. White looks crisp, clean and pure; just like the sound.

Raidho’s X-1 Speakers are compact, yet sit prestigiously on their custom stands. The white gives off the appearance of being ‘light and airy.’  Sound that is light travels, and psychologically we transfer this insight into our beliefs about what we see we also hear. The experience of listening is affected by our sight as well as hearing – such is the science of psychoacoustics. Some individuals have a neurological condition called “sound-to-color synesthesia,” or “chromesthesia,” in which they effortlessly experience their very own light show while hearing music and other sounds. Interestingly, many chromesthetes grow up assuming that everyone has the same visual responses to sounds as they do, and are shocked when they discover this is not so. (1 in 13,000).

Even smaller and more compact are the Dali Fazon Mikro speakers. Again, in white, with matching subwoofer and center channel, these make a potent, yet compact home theater choice. We’ve been using this in our small, bright white living room for a few years now with excellent result. You barely know they are there.

Your favorite color can be a big part of your personal life, but when it comes to choosing a speaker color, it’s best to think about what color works best for your living space. White doesn’t go out of style and it’s what many Europeans prefer. Practical because it hides dust and dirt, white is a big plus for a busy lifestyle. White represents perfection and is the purest most complete color. What more could you ask for? – Pamela Dorgay