How much luxury is too much?
French fashion house Louis Vuitton, founded in 1854, has on offer the Horizon Light Up Speaker, a 7″ in diameter portable speaker that sports a 3-inch woofer and pair of .75 tweeters for a claimed frequency response of 59Hz – 19kHz (+/- 6dB).
Those are leather embossed accents that set off the glass and stainless steel construction, while 35 LEDs account for the “Light Up” in the Horizon’s name. While it seems nearly impossible for any audio-centric publication to miss the opportunity to make light of the Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker, which comes with an asking price of $2,890, I’m going skip the cliches and digs. Heck, that’s almost as much as a decent pair of interconnects! [footnote 1]
My best guess is the fine folks at Louis Vuitton know their market and that’s who the Horizon is for.
Not everything is for everyone.
Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker
Diameter: 18 cm, height: 14 cm, weight: 1 kg
Polished and matte stainless steel with gunmetal color PVD coating
Black perforated and embossed leather with Monogram pattern
Top ring: tempered glass with 23 Monogram flowers
Middle ring: 12 engraved LOUIS VUITTON letters
Touch control bar: tempered glass with black color printing
2 rubber feet to position the speaker on the side
Top Monogram light ring: 23 LEDs
Middle LOUIS VUITTON light ring: 12 LEDs
Acoustic drivers: 3-inch woofer, 0,75-inch tweeters (x2)
Sound directivity: omnidirectional when placed on its dock and unidirectional when positioned sideways on its rubber feet (as speaker senses its orientation, it will adapt sound signature accordingly)
Frequency range: 59Hz – 19kHz (+/- 6dB)
Maximum loudness: 91 dB SPL at 1m
Amplifier power: 2x 30W
Bluetooth 1 : 5.1
WI-FI: 802.11 b/g/n/ac – 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz
Apple AirPlay 2 and Qplay compatible
Multiroom through Airplay 2
Power, Multifunction, Connect and Microphone touch controls. Rotary knob for volume control synchronized to LEDs
Exclusive additional functions and controls via Louis Vuitton Connect app, available on Apple Store4, Google Play5 and Huawei App Gallery6.
Playtime: up to 15 hours of listening time
Charging time: 1 hour 30 minutes with provided charger
Power supply: 12V/3A with charging through USB-C (on speaker or charging dock)
Main chip: Qualcomm7 QCS 404
Microphones: 3 microphones for voice call
Company Website: Louis Vuitton