Leon Speakers rang in the New Year—and its 25th anniversary—by outfitting one of Wu-Tang Clan’s founding members with a custom pair of flagship Timbre SEVEN speakers, further expanding the audio pioneer’s extensive customization abilities. The special project for Raekwon, “The Chef,” merges luxury materials, timeless design, and the technical audio quality that has led Leon’s successful 25-year history to the forefront of acoustic pioneering.
“Raekwon’s main desire was to have something nobody else had—something one of a kind,” said Noah Kaplan, owner and founder of Leon Speakers. “He was looking for speakers for his home recording studio. The design had to be super unique and, of course, the speakers had to sound great.”
The team designed both speakers with black grilles, walnut hardwood cabinets, and slicked the baffles with snakeskin for a rich and totally unique accent. To top it off, Raekwon’s Timbre SEVENs arrived in a custom purple crate inspired by the purple cassette pressings of his 1995 solo debut. The whole package is one Raekwon described as “one of a kind” after opening.
Though the style of the speakers shows Leon’s fearless approach to customizing the audio design, the star of the project is the orchestration behind the Timbre SEVEN bookshelf series itself—Leon’s flagship series. Each speaker features handmade aluminum cone woofers and cloth-dome tweeters fixed in a three-quarter-inch Baltic Birch baffle. Raekwon’s Timbre SEVEN’s cabinets are handcrafted from 1-inch solid hardwood and hand-finished to bring out the material’s natural character. Contemporary, classic, and high output, “these high-fidelity speakers are perfect for a studio-type space,” Kaplan said.