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Fern & Roby Cube Speakers Salvage the Past
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Imagine your friends’ expressions when you passingly mention, “…and these speakers here are from the 19th-century.” Pause for a moment before your ease their perplexed states with the explanation that your pair of Fern & Roby Cube Speakers were constructed using heart pine beams salvaged from a late 19th-century Virginia factory.

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Siting atop recycled cast aluminum constructed from scrap metal from Fern & Roby’s own machine shop, each 9” W x 9” D x 11” H minimalist reclaimed wood cube enclosure house an Alpair 7 Gold Driver by MarkAudio, a favorite amongst audiophile DIY speaker makers.

Gold plated binding post wire terminals are located on the rear of each speaker.

Gold plated binding post wire terminals are located on the rear of each speaker.

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Every other component besides the driver is otherwise made in-house, making this bookshelf speaker notable for their pleasing minimalist design, historical local material sourcing, and the selective manufacturing process which makes Fern & Roby Cube Speakers resonate as audio equipment and sustainably made design objects.

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Heart pine is inherently rich in resin and can be left without a protective finish, making it a low maintenance audio component.

Heart pine is inherently rich in resin and can be left without a protective finish, making it a low maintenance audio component.

We're also eagerly awaiting Fern & Roby's upcoming cast-iron and salvaged heart pine turntable topped with a luxurious bronze platter and Rega tone arm, an ideal accompaniment to a pair of Cube Speakers.

We’re also eagerly awaiting Fern & Roby’s upcoming cast-iron and salvaged heart pine turntable topped with a luxurious bronze platter and Rega tone arm, an ideal accompaniment to a pair of Cube Speakers.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.