Ferrari lends its name to lots of hot stuff, such as laptops and, uh, cars, and now it extends that brand into home audio with its Meridian F80 Home Entertainment System. The Italian carmaker teams up with high-end audiophile brand Meridian, which brings plenty of aural credibility to the project. We're hearing the resulting system sounds good enough to raise an eyebrow or two.
This odd-looking DVD-playing FM/AM/DAB radio is really just a glorified boombox. Shaped like half a car tire, it recalls its Ferrari heritage with plenty of power, 80 watts from three amplifiers feeding two drivers up front and a rear-firing sub. Hook up a TV and you can have yourself a rafter-rattling DVD mini theater.
But there's more to this package than just earth-shaking sound. There's that fabled fit and finish — it's Italian luxo-sport all the way, painted up in your favorite glossy Ferrari colors including white, yellow, silver, and of course there's the sizzling Ferrari red, too. Calm down, though. It comes with a Ferrari-like price: Standard trim runs $2931, and a limited edition will set you back $3519, about the price of one Ferrari wheel.