We have all seen them ... those butt ugly, hideous, unsightly, interior decorator (or wife) unacceptable speakers ... does the designer, or the design team perhaps, have any clue at all that appearane actually does matter ? (despite function or technical aspects or laws of physics, etc.)
There are some that come to mind, and so that I will not be sued, I will not mention them. However, how can something that looks those ways even be considerable for someone to have in his or their home ? How can something that ugly, and often times just oozing of "industrial design" all over it, be something that anyone with any sense of decor would even consider despite how good the sound may be ?
Just maybe the designers need to get a grip on the reality that home owners, and apartment dwellers, want something that is actually an attractive and decor enhancing investment instead of the looks of some sort of left over industrial waste product of sheet metals of various kinds, weird shapes, brazen colors to be kind, looking like a robot, etc.
Yes, I do understand that form often times follows function, laws of physics, size requirements for drivers, time alignment, etc. and different ways to achieve them in a balanced form if possible. However, come on designers, ... instead of your next speaker being the proverbial girl at the ball that can do all the waltzes perfectly but is butt ugly, could you make "her" capable of the same performance but actually give "her" a pretty "face and body" to admire while "she" does it please ? Just because it does all this and then some does not mean that it is the one that you want to wake up to and see first thing every day for the rest of your life. It's like the designers don't realize that a beautiful sounding voice is nicer to hear than to see the ugly person who owns it using it if that is the case.