Back-Beat Speakers

Premium Speakers Handcrafted in the Motor City

Constructed from reclaimed wood, these are some of the most beautiful and sustainable speakers you can buy. The density and stability of the wood also offers superior sound quality, because it’s from before the days of accelerated growth. Aged wood complements our investment in electronics and structural design to deliver true-to-source fidelity. Every speaker is a one-of-a-kind work of art that outperforms top-selling brands. You make no compromises with Detroit Audio Lab.


Reborn from DetroitAddress engraved on a Detroit Audio Lab speaker

Born of Detroit’s renaissance, each piece is engraved with the address of the building from which the raw materials were salvaged. Each run is limited. Once the wood from a salvaged building is gone, that address is no longer available.

“Our products showcase and preserve Detroit’s history. Rather than dooming our structures to landfill, we breathe new life into them.”


-Mike Bauer, Founder

With our Detroit-based partner, Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit (ASWD), we salvage wood from blighted homes slated for demolition. ASWD reclaims 90% of the materials from these properties, keeping value and jobs in Detroit.


The wood is kiln dried and handcrafted in Detroit into high-fidelity speakers—literally Made From Detroit™.


Each piece arrives with a letterpress address card describing the Made From Detroit™ concept and featuring the address of your piece, as well as a letterpress maker card proudly signed by the craftsman of your piece.


My Piece of Detroit

Be proud of your piece of Detroit. building the Detroit Audio Lab Riff SpeakerIt was made by people dedicated to adding value to the Detroit community. A portion of the proceeds from Detroit Audio Lab™ is contributed to Focus: HOPE, a Detroit non-profit dedicated to overcoming racism, poverty, and injustice.


No matter where you live, you can be part of Detroit’s renaissance.


  • Community integrity: Locally handcrafted in Detroit, from Detroit
  • Economic integrity: Electronics designed and manufactured in the U.S.
  • Audio integrity: Feel good about every part of this speaker with no compromise on audio quality
  • Environmental integrity: Reclaimed wood, lead-free solder, cork gaskets, and natural finishes
Own a part of Detroit’s history. Be a part of its future.