La Boite speaker systems double as desks

If your laptop is the hub of your music system, then here's a different way of playing your tunes from French company La Boite.

The LD Series are "the first hi-fidelity docking stations dedicated to laptops", combining a desk and a speaker system with audio inputs.

The LD120 and LD130 have analogue RCA and USB inputs, a USB sound and integrated DAC and a seven speaker configuration.

Four speakers at the front of the unit combine with an integrated subwoofer, while a pair of angled stereo speakers at the rear of the unit promise to use reflective soundwaves to deliver a wider stereo sound.

The more powerful LD130 uses three separate amplifiers in a 2 x 25w and 1 x 80w configuration, while the LD120 has a maximum power output of 120w.

Incorporating a selection of high quality materials – such as natural leather – the LD Series is available in real cherry wood, matt black and four luxury piano lacquers.

La Boite concept is a French research and development unit with a team comprising audio engineers, industrial designers and production specialists.

The LD120 with lacquered feet costs £870, the LD130 is £1,180 and the LD130 in wood is £1,290.

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Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).