Ceratec launches illuminating designer cones

We can never have enough designer speaker brands, but as well as silly prices, newcomer Ceratec hopes to bring something new to the table with its deb

We can never have enough designer speaker brands, but as well as silly prices, newcomer Ceratec hopes to bring something new to the table with its debut Xeno cones: Ambilight-style illumination.The slender towers have been penned by acoustic designer, Ulrich Ranke, in the classic German Bauhaus tradition (that's the design school, not the gothic rock band) right down to their circular glass pedestals.But it's what’s round the back that's attracting all the interest: rows of optional LEDs that project mood-matching light onto the wall behind (pictured).The towers themselves are made from anodised, extruded aluminium (sounds painful) that can be customised in a multitude of colourways and also specced without the LEDs if the lightshow isn't your thang.They'll be shining into London’s Selfridges in three sizes: regular, M and Mini (which loses the lights) from next month.EssentialsCeratec Xeno, M, MiniPrice: £4400 (£2000 without lights), £3600 (£1500 without lights), £850On sale: October/November Contact: The Multi Room CompanyRelated stories:Gadget of the Day: Ferguson Hill FH007Gadget of the Day – KEF iQ speakersDig those retro Grundig Audioramas, man