Leon Speakers in the News

COMMERCIAL INTEGRATOR: LEON’S INTERACTIVE FIT IS SNEAKILY IMPRESSIVE AT ISE 2017

Leon soundbar for video conferencing has a housing for essentially hiding other components and tidying up the look of meeting spaces.  [Full Article]


CEPRO: 25 SOUNDBARS THAT WILL MAKE YOU DITCH YOUR REGULAR LOUDSPEAKERS

Thinking about giving in and going the soundbar route? These 25 versatile speakers offer a wealth of features that support their integration into the modern home.  [Full Article]


MLIVE: ANN ARBOR’S LEON LOFT IS A HAVEN FOR RISING ACTS LIKE THE RECORD COMPANY

Between songs, The Record Company frontman Chris Vos told stories ranging from his first time seeing Iggy Pop live to how growing up on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin prepared him for the grind that is the music industry.  [Full Article]


RAVE PUBLICATIONS: THE BEST OF INFOCOMM 2016 AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED

Leon Speakers won a BEST of InfoComm 2016 Award from rAVe [Publications] for “Best New Meeting Room Audio Product”  [Full Article]


CE PRO: INTEGRATROS AND PIRCH: WANT A HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM WITH THAT FANCY SHOWER HEAD?

Interestingly, while audio, video, home automation and other cool things like Séura outdoor TVs and Leon Speakers’ Media Décor TV concealers are on display at Pirch SoHo  [Full Article]


CE PRO: 2016 CE PRO 100 BRAND ANALYSIS: TOP SOUNDBARS

Sonos, Leon Speakers lead the way in the most used soundbar brands in the 2016 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.  [Full Article]


DISPLAY DAILY: NEC PLANNING LED SIGNAGE WITH PEEL-AND-REPLACE MODULES

Finally, Leon Speakers was showing a sound bar with integrated camera for video conferencing and similar applications. The concept, said Commercial Sales and Marketing Director Michael Fencil, is to create a natural environment in which the sound and image originate in the same place…..  [Full Article]


ELECTRONIC HOUSE: GREAT ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR SONOS WIRELESS SPEAKERS

Leon, a company known for its custom-built, high-end speakers, offers a solution for people who want the Sonos Playbar soundbar, but don’t want it sticking out on their wall. The ToneCase TcFIT mounts on the TV and includes a cage to conceal the Playbar and power cord, creating an elegant look whether the TV is flush to the wall or articulated….  [Full Article]


CEPRO: LEON TURNS THOSE CRAZY SPEAKER IDEAS INTO REAL PRODUCTS, BOASTS ALL-NEW MOREL DRIVERS

Leon Speakers, maker of custom loudspeakers and moving art, arguably won the audio demo at CEDIA 2010 with its 16-foot, music-spewing, light-blinking metal dragon sound sculpture. Since then, the company has erected at least one amazing showcase piece per year, just to prove that it can. But this year at CEDIA Expo 2015, Leon will promote those marvels as real products, available for sale…  [Full Article]


CEPRO: 5 ‘CUSTOM’ OPTIONS FOR SONOS AT CEDIA 2015

Earlier this year, Leon Speakers – king of the custom cabinets – introduced ToneCase, a line of products that conceal Sonos PLAY bookshelf speakers and Playbar soundbar. Now, the world gets to see and touch these products for the first time at CEDIA, where Leon will have a full wall dedicated to ToneCase…  [Full Article]


CONCENTRATE MEDIA: “CORDIAL” COMPANY CULTURE SPIKES LEON SPEAKERS’ GROWTH

CORDIAL is an important word at Leon Speakers. So important that the Ann Arbor-based high-end electronics company has made it the basis of its company culture…  [Full Article]


WOODWORKING NETWORK: PRECISION CUTTING & SOLID WOODS CREATE COOL SOUNDS FOR LEON SPEAKERS

Noah Kaplan is a commissioned artist, woodworker and business owner. He admits that he can’t paint a picture without a piece of music playing, so it makes sense that the successful entrepreneur would be the driving force behind arguably one of the coolest companies in the U.S., Leon Speakers…  [Full Article]


ARCHITECTUREANDDESIGN.COM: NEW CUSTOM AUDIO SOLUTION COMBINING AESTHETIC DESIGN WITH EXCELLENT SOUND AVAILABLE FROM AMBER TECHNOLOGY

Amber Technology introduces a new audio system from Leon Speakers to the Australian design and home entertainment community. Leon Speakers specialises in mixing art with audio and design with technology for multipurpose hospitality spaces as well as home environments. Catering to discerning style lovers and audiophiles, the new custom audio solution from Leon Speakers combines bespoke aesthetics with high quality sound..  [Full Article]


CE PRO: 2015 CE PRO 100 BRAND ANALYSIS: TOP SOUNDBARS

Sonos, Leon Speakers lead the way in the most used soundbar brands in the 2015 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.  [Full Article]


CONCENTRATE MEDIA: ANN ARBOR JOB GROWTH IS GAZELLE-POWERED

When you think of the gazelle, images of alert, fleet-footed deer-like creatures darting across the African plain should come to mind. While the term has become one of those business labels that entrepreneurs and investors like to regard as sexy, there is more than a little metaphorical meat to the word.  [Full Article]


HD LIVING: WAIT ‘TIL YOU HEAR WHAT’S INSIDE LEON SPEAKERS’ NEW TONECASE HARDWOOD CABINETS

A few weeks back I was strolling through the exhibits at a trade show in Nashville when I stumbled upon the most gorgeous little speaker cabinets at Leon Speakers’ booth. No surprise there: Leon’s stuff is always stunning, refined, elegant—absolute eye-magnets.  [Full Article]


ELECTRONIC HOUSE: GREAT ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR SONOS WIRELESS SPEAKERS

Do you like Sonos wireless speakers? If you’re a Sonos fan, you probably have several of the speakers throughout the house. You may have a Sonos PLAY: 3 in the bedroom, a pair of Play: 1 speakers in the den, a Sonos Playbar in the living room and maybe a few more spread around various rooms. As an audio system, Sonos makes it very easy to get music all over the house. One thing Sonos doen’t do easily though, is attach to things.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: AIM HIGH AUDIO’S 3RD ANNUAL BIG SHOW DRAWS 567 DEALERS

New Catalyst AV Distribution Network member Aim High Audio (AHA) draws 567 dealers and 73 vendors for its third annual ‘Big Show’ event,which featured 10 training seminars and keynote from Jeremy Burkhardt of Origin Acoustics.  [Full Article]


RAVE PUBLICATIONS: AV INSIDER-EPISODE 43: CREATIVE CUSTOM AUDIO & ART COLLABORATIONS

Noah Kaplan, president of Leon Speakers, & James Banfield, president at Terra Speakers, speak with host Johnny Mota about a new product from Leon Speakers/Media Decor, The Tone Case. We cover hi-def audio and live music.  [Full Article]


CE PRO EUROPE: LEON SPEAKERS UK INTRODUCES CUSTOM-CRAFTED LIVING SPACE THEATRE COLLECTIONS

Leon Speakers UK’s custom-crafted living space theatre collections have been created to bring together power, performance and flexibility in the form of 5.1 and 7.2 home cinema bundles.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: 2015 CE PRO QUEST FOR QUALITY WINNERS: GOLD AWARD FOR SALES/MARKETING ASSISTANCE

Based on 8,800+ total votes, CE Pro’s 5th annual Quest for Quality Awards winners exemplify the helping hand given to integrators by the manufacturer/distributor community in their efforts to drive business and innovation.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SPEAKERS EMBRACES SONOS WITH ELEGANT TV MOUNT FOR PLAYBAR, CABINETS FOR PLAY

Leon Speakers, king of the custom-speaker business, is launching the ToneCase line of mounting and cabinet products for Sonos’s popular Playbar soundbar and PLAY speakers. There is nothing else on the market like these Sonos-friendly products.  [Full Article]


SAPPHIRE MARKETING BRINGS LATEST FROM CRESTRON, DIGITAL PROJECTION, PRO AUDIO TECHNOLOGY TO BOSTON

Each year during the late winter time frame, the rep company makes a trip up Route 95 to showcase brands such as Crestron, Digital Projection, Leon Speakers, Middle Atlantic, Planar, Pro Audio Technology, Stewart Filmscreen and Torus Power.  [Full Article]


SYSTEMS CONTRACTOR NEWS: LEON SPEAKERS MARRIES VISUAL ELEGANCE WITH AURAL BEAUTY

Fast forward through the deluge of startup trials and failures, we opened our first collaborative retail store called Leon Handcrafted Speakers and Noah’s Underground Gallery in 1997. That space became a cultural hub in Ann Arbor where we met designers, engineers, architects, builders, and, most importantly, customers, who helped us define the market that we serve to this day.  [Full Article]


CONCENTRATE: SOUND AND VISION—LEON SPEAKERS EMBRACES THE ART OF DESIGN

Most companies look awfully similar. Visit the offices of any of a dozen firms in the Ann Arbor area and you’re bound to find only variations on a theme. Whether it’s open work spaces or cubicle farms, the aesthetic tends to say more about how things run than the vision that fuels the company. Leon Speakers’ new home in Ann Arbor is a notable exception.  [Full Article]


RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS: LEON SPEAKERS GOES DIRECT-TO-DEALER IN THE UK AND CANADA

Leon Speakers will now offer its custom audio products and Media Decor solutions directly to qualified dealers in the United Kingdom and Canada. Dealers will no longer be required to purchase Leon products through a distributor. Leon has made these changes to strengthen its relationship with dealers in these territories and get them better acquainted with the Leon brand, their product line and custom capabilities.   [Full Article]


SE MICHIGAN STARTUP: NOAH KAPLAN ON EVOLVING A COMPANY TO MATCH ITS CULTURE

Different businesses are about different things. For Leon Speakers, it’s all about the culture of the company. The high-end electronics company in Ann Arbor is leveraging its culture of utilizing the arts, integrating new technology, and always working to improve to achieve is rapid growth. The firm has recently executed its first acquisition, revamped its factory, hired a dozen people, and established an international presence.   [Full Article]


COMMERCIAL INTEGRATOR: READERS NOMINATE 29 IMPACT PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR

The idea is to cut through the marketing hype. Sure, we all know that the product being introduced “sets a new industry standard” and how all manufacturers are the “leading providers” of whatever they make.   [Full Article]


NEW ENGLAND HOME: STAR TECH

When it comes to music, the days of giant speakers are long gone. Today’s speaker designs have progressed to the point where they’re barely noticeable, if not completely invisible…   [Full Article]


RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS: LEON SPEAKERS ADDS COMMERCIAL REP IN MIDWEST

Leon Speakers has named Illinois-based Visitec Marketing Associates as its commercial division manufacturer rep firm for the Midwest region representing thirteen states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  [Full Article]


RHD LIVING: LEON SPEAKERS (RE)INVENTS THE SOUNDBAR YET AGAIN

In the years since that industry-changing innovation, Leon Speakers has carved out a really nice niche for itself, crafting custom, built-to-order speaker cabinets designed to perfectly match the display of the customer, whether that display happens to be a wall-hanging flat-panel TV or a wall-spanning curved front-projection screen.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: 10 AWESOME INDUSTRIAL DESIGN SPEAKERS

The slim-profile, on-wall speakers are 90db sensitive and employ enclosure materials such as solid billet aluminum and solid-core birch to ensure rigidity while adding to the aesthetics. Leon also offers custom speaker options.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: CEPRO BEST AWARD—LEON SPEAKERS EDGE-OTO-2.1

EDGE is a custom-made, flat-panel display mount that combines Leon’s Horizon OTO powered soundbar and their Media Décor TV frame. The EDGE, which has a depth of just three inches from the wall to the front of its casing, is designed to conceal mounting and wiring while elegantly encasing a surface mounted ultra-thin television and Leon soundbar.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SPEAKERS GETS SERIOUS WITH BRAND NEW LX LINE, BUT SURPRISES WITH CLASSIC

Leon Speakers, known for its one-off customized loudspeakers, has “completely redesigned” its … everything. That includes its flagship line of custom speakers, as well as the Ann Arbor, Mich., factory where they’re built. Leon also has disrupted a 19-year legacy of custom-building every loudspeaker it sells.  [Full Article]


INC: THE 2014 INC. 5000 LIST OF FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES IN AMERICA

Leon Speakers Creates high-quality, custom-tailored sound systems for modern living environments that blend in aesthetically with furniture and fixtures yet maintain high functionality and performance.  [Full Article]


THE ART OF BESPOKE: DESIGNING THE ULTIMATE SMART HOME

The main screens in the living rooms required a speaker bar to provide the front left, centre and right channels of audio. We specified custom-made Leon speaker bars, which were then wall mounted within the joinery and covered with acoustically transparent fabric to conceal them.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: CE PRO 100 BRAND ANALYSIS—TOP SOUNDBARS

In this comprehensive CE Pro 100 brand analysis series, CE Pro senior editor Bob Archer delivers an in-depth look at the most frequently used manufacturers in nearly 40 product categories.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: HANDS ON REVIEW—STYLISH LEON SPEAKERS HIT THE RIGHT NOTES

Today, however, more loudspeaker companies “get it” when it comes to the demand for consumer-friendly design, and few get it more than Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Leon Speakers. The custom manufacturer places as much emphasis on aesthetics as it does sound quality, and its Timbre TiUltima and Aaros UT-10 subwoofer epitomize such efforts.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SPEAKERS MOBILE APP AIDS INSTALLERS & DESIGNERS

With a creative streak that rivals Frank Zappa and Andy Warhol, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based custom speaker manufacturer Leon Speakers is finding unique ways to support its authorized dealer network.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SPEAKERS ACQUIRES MEDIA DECOR FOR ULTIMATE TECH/DESIGN PORTFOLIO

Leon Speakers, known for turning speakers into works of art, has acquired Media Décor, developer of motorized art pieces for hiding TVs and other unsightly objects.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SPEAKERS ACQUIRES MEDIA DECOR FOR ULTIMATE TECH/DESIGN PORTFOLIO

Leon Speakers, known for turning speakers into works of art, has acquired Media Décor, developer of motorized art pieces for hiding TVs and other unsightly objects.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SPEAKERS IS ONE COOL CO.—AUGMENTED REALITY, THE LOUNGE, NOAH’S FIRST GIG

The Leon office is a bit of an art museum, with inspirational items created and collected by Noah, as well Anastasia Deinera, whose full-time job it is to find and spread inspiration…taking pictures of things that might move the designers at Leon.  [Full Article]


RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS: SALAMANDER’S CHAMELEON, SYNERGY A/V CABINETS FEATURE PRE-INSTALLED SPEAKERS

Leon Speakers will now offer its custom audio products and Media Decor solutions directly to qualified dealers in the United Kingdom and Canada. Dealers will no longer be required to purchase Leon products through a distributor.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON’S HORIZON OTO IS ‘FIRST POWERED SOUNDBAR FOR THE CUSTOM CHANNEL

Leon Speakers says its new Horizon OTO is the first powered soundbar for the custom channel. The 2 x 50-watt unit, like other custom Leon speakers, is handmade in the company’s Ann Arbor, Mich., shop to match any flat screen TV.Less than two inches deep, the speakers can be finished in five days in the same depth, width and finish of the specified display.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: CEPRO BRAND ANALYSIS—LEON SPEAKERS RANKED #1 IN SOUNDBAR CATEGORY

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HD LIVING: LEON SPEAKERS BLEND ART AND AUDIO

Leon Speakers has made a few of these sound sculptures before, but no two look alike. Each is designed to suit the aesthetic and acoustical properties of a particular space.  [Full Article]


COMMERCIAL INTEGRATOR: INSIDE LEON SPEAKERS’ INFOCOMM 2013 BOOTH

In the video Noah Kaplan takes us through some of the custom audio solutions Leon is capable of manufacturing.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SOUND SCULPTURE WILL BLOW YOU AWAY AT INFOCOMM

Leon Speakers has made a few of these sound sculptures before, but no two look alike. Each is designed to suit the aesthetic and acoustical properties of any given space.  [Full Article]


CE PRO 100 PODCAST: HOW LEON SPEAKERS LED RETAILER INTO CUSTOM A/V

Founded in 1995 by Noah Kaplan after he graduated from University of Michigan art school, Leon has always been “a true custom installation company,” the artist says. “We don’t really carry off-the-shelf products. We carry a line of products that is completely customizable, built to suit any need.”.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: SOUNDBARS STEP INTO SPOTLIGHT

While the soundbar market is maturing, the allure of flat-panel TVs is waning. That means the next phase of soundbar evolution will be to blend these speakers into home environments.  [Full Article]


ELECTRONIC HOUSE: LEON SPEAKERS GRILLS UP SOME SCULPTED SOUND

“When the distributed audio system is on, people can’t figure out where the music is coming from,” says Ethan Kaplan of Leon. “They’re completely floored with they learn that it’s coming from the artwork on the wall.”.  [Full Article]


HOME THEATER REVIEW: TERRA AND LEON PARTNER TO HIGH-FIDELITY OUTDOOR SPEAKERS

Leon manufactures a wide range of custom loudspeakers for the residential installation and home theater markets and has recently entered the commercial A/V space. The new custom-crafted Boundary 404 speakers mark Leon’s entry in the weather resistant outdoor speaker category.  [Full Article]


CBS DETROIT: MICHIGAN COMPANIES TO UNVEIL LATEST INNOVATIONS AT 2013 INTERNATIONAL CES

Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, the 2013 CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, will feature 3,000 exhibitors across 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space.  [Full Article]


TEDXDETROIT: TRANSFORMATION, REALIGNMENT AND A DREAM OF THE DRAGON

In this TEDx video, Noah Kaplan, President and founder of Leon Speakers explains his ‘Dream of the Dragon’, the first true audio sculpture designed and built by Leon Speakers.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: MEDIA DECOR TEAMS WITH LEON SPEAKERS TO PRODUCE A ROCKIN’ MOUNT

A newly announced collaboration between Media Decor and Leon Speakers transforms the room friendliness of a TV and mount combination into a solution that is more than functional; the companies’ collaboration provides homeowners with a solution that now sounds as good as it looks.  [Full Article]


RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS: LEON REVEALS TIMBRE SERIES BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS

The new Timbre Series speakers use the finest bench made components, select domestic hardwoods and hand-crafted cabinet construction. A precisely engineered reflective coupled chamber allows for low frequency extension while providing a more rigid suspension to support the full range sound delivered by the woven cone woofers in these ported cabinets.  [Full Article]


ELECTRONIC HOUSE: CUSTOM CRAFTED OUTDOOR SPEAKERS FROM LEON

Like all of Leon’s speakers, the models in the Boundary line are custom crafted, but this time out of select Mahogany and finished with the same rich varnish as the hull of classic ships.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SPEAKERS SHOWS BEST IN SOUND, AESTHETICS

Leon shows leadership in sound and design with Chris-Craft-inspired outdoor speakers powered by ADA, UltraThin speakers that hide a TV’s control panel, and more.  [Full Article]


CNET: THE BOUNDARY B404, A HIGH END OUTDOOR SPEAKER

The Leon Speakers Boundary B404 doesn’t look anything like a typical plastic rock outdoor speaker, and it was designed to sound great.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: CEDIA FIND: LEON SPEAKERS BRINGS CHRIS CRAFT DESIGN TO OUTDOOR AUDIO

When Leon Speakers takes to the outdoors, don’t expect cheesy rocks or ho-hum pendants. Known for its custom speaker designs, Leon is now building outdoor audio with Chris Craft boat parts and styling.  [Full Article]


CE PRO: LEON SPEAKERS VAULT SERIES IN-WALL SPEAKERS

Leon introduced the original Vault Series in 2009 and recently the company redesigned the product line with new features that includes a new mounting hardware.  [Full Article]


COMMERCIAL INTEGRATOR: 41 BEST PRODUCTS OF 2012

Leon Speakers Horizon Interactive Personal Unit Speakers (HI500) | Winner | Installed Loudspeakers & Subwoofers The HI500 speakers from Leon are handcrafted and built-to-order to match any display for video conferencing or telepresence systems and the camera/technology cabinet is custom fabricated to suit full range of motion for a specified camera.  [Full Article]


COMMERCIAL INTEGRATOR: LEON SPEAKERS LAUNCHING COMMERCIAL DIVISION AT INFOCOMM

Leon Speakers is launching a commercial division at InfoComm that will focus will be on luxury hospitality, telepresence and boardroom applications.  [Full Article]


TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATOR: “BRUSH & BASS” RETURNING TO CE WEEK

“Brush & Bass,” the popular live painting and musical exhibition performed by Leon Speakers’ Noah Kaplan, will return to CE Week next week, the Elf Foundation announced Monday.  [Full Article]


WIRED MAGAZINE: DREAM THEATER

When everything arrived a few weeks later, I was greeted by one of the smartest-looking compact home theater systems I’ve seen. Whether it was the amp’s tank-like enclosure, the perfectly finished speaker cabinets, or the magnetically attached grills, the build quality on everything was nothing short of exquisite.  [Full Article]