GLA-55Somebody should tell Amazon and Harman Kardon that the economy isn’t humming so well these days… because the H/K GLA-55 speakers that are being sold “exclusively” by Amazon will take $1000 of yours and leave you with only a penny and a couple very unusual objects on your desktop.

That’s right—this two channel speaker system has a price tag of $999.99. Dropping a grand on a pair of nice floor-standing B&W speakers is considered cheap, but it’s the exact opposite when it comes to computer speakers.

Not only is the price ridiculous, so’s the name: apparently GLA-55 was chosen because it spells “glass” in l33t g33k sp33k. In which case I say you may look like an A-55 when you show these off to your friends.

On the plus side, part of that premium pays for the enclosures, which are made from the same material as bulletproof glass… so if someone tries to steal your status symbols at gunpoint maybe you have a worthwhile defense.

The GLA-55 look like nothing else and are priced like nothing else. Which is probably why for a few months now these speakers are exactly that: nothing. Amazon is still only taking pre-orders, and who knows if these will ever actually be mass produced.

But if you want a reminder of what 2008 could have been, back when you drove your BMW with pride and had a job, I’m sure your life’s now-melancholy soundtrack will sing on these things.

$999.99 from Amazon

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