A big fan of Timorous Beasties textile design studio, I was thrilled to see they’ve collaborated with LINN audio products to produce a range of customizable fabric covered speakers for two of the UK brand’s music system models. Read more
The Helium 410 from Finland’s Amphion is a compact loudspeaker of modern design that works without a subwoofer and is suited to the rapidly changing technological lifestyle. Advanced engineering gives them full-bodied sound and clarity despite their small size whether you’re watching a movie on your tv or streaming music. Read more
Concrete Audio is a Loudspeaker factory in Germany whose founders love music. They design and produce unique loudspeaker systems of timeless elegance and impressive dynamics – housed in, you guessed it, concrete. These speaker systems are produced in a limited edition in Germany. Read more
For OrigAudio’s 4th Anniversary, today, they are giving away 4,444 of their most popular products. Visit their website from this link and you can choose from their ROCK-IT 3.0 or their FOLD AND PLAY RECYCLED SPEAKERS for free, until they are all gone. Really.
What started as two guys with a crazy invention in a garage has now turned into a company with 9 mind-blowing products.
To thank you so much for your support over the years and for being part of the awesome OrigAudio family, they are generously giving away your choice of two of their most popular products.:
The Rock-It 3.0: A portable vibration speaker that can turn anything, yes anything into a booming loudspeaker. This product also won us Season 2 of ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank”! (Regularly priced $19.99)
Fold N’ Play speakers: Speakers that start flat and pop up like origami. Made out of recycled materials and require no power to work. Proudly named Time Magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2009” and the product that put us on the map. Choose from 6 different designs.
Go here to choose your free product!
21 year old Casey Lin is working on her Bachelor of Design Innovation at the Victoria University of Wellington. With a Bachelor of Architectural Studies already under her belt, the New Zealand based Chinese designer is primarily focused on product design, with a special interest in furniture, jewellery, lighting and household electronics. One of her most recent projects is the Timbre Speaker, an unusual design I wanted to share with you.
Timbre Speaker trims the essence of a speaker down to the very bare minimum, allowing the inherent qualities of the materials to become the centerpiece of the design. All superfluous detail is stripped away, leaving only the necessary audio and power ports at the rear, and combined power and volume dial.
Wood and glass were selected for their favourable acoustic qualities which enhances the audio experience of the user. The Black American Walnut wood adds a warmth to the tone, while the addition of the glass vessels bring a more reverberant characteristic to the music.
Surface transducers are mounted on the interior of the wooden box, vibrating the surface and turning the box into a speaker. The glass vessels act as physical equalizers, where the vibrations transfer through the wood into the glass and changes the timbre of the sound. The wooden box can act as a standalone speaker, or alternatively, vessels of other material, size or shape can be placed on the speaker to change the sound according to the users taste.
Timbre Speaker has an elegant, yet playful feel to it, users are encouraged to experiment with different objects and placements to find the timbre they enjoy the most.
above: Designer Casey Lin
all images, video and description courtesy of Casey Lin.
The Lowdi is a wireless speaker that turns any phone, tablet or mobile device into a portable sound system. The product, site design and animated video for the launch of the product (shown later in this post) are all aesthetically pleasing, fun and simple- just like the product.
The Bluetooth v4.0 speaker is small, convenient and cute with concert hall sound and ships free. The €99 ($130 USD) Lowdi allows you to listen to your favorite music services like iTunes, mixcloud and spotify anywhere at any time.
They even offer a 30-day free trial with a full refund if you are not pleased.
The animated launch video:
Unboxing the Lowdi:
Credits for the animated spot:
Animation: Rémi Bastie, Nicolas Dehghani, Paul Lacolley, Nicolas Pegon, Jérémy Pires
Creative Director: Harald Dunnink
Sound Designer: Niels den Otter
Production: QUAD / WIZZ
Producer: Matthieu Poirier
Executive Producer: Nalden
Executive Producer: Laurent Olivier
Credits for the unboxing video:
Those hands: Cléa Dieudonné
Sound Designer: Niels den Otter
In March of this year, the Cimino-Hurt brothers decided to launch A Case Of Bass, combining two greats: vintage electronics and vintage luggage, to make super sweet boomboxes. While not the first to do this (I blogged about a similar company named BoomCases years ago), these are significantly more affordable.
The Portland-based company, A Case of Bass, creates portable sound systems hand-built to ensure quality and craftsmanship. Each “Case of Bass” is created after scouring the world for the finest unique vintage suitcases (train cases, brief cases and make-up cases, too) and then pairing them with a selection of speakers that guarantee the best combination of sound and aesthetic.
The cases incorporate – to your specifications – the types of accessories that will make your case unique to you. These include input types, amplifier sizes, power supplies and batteries, and finally any personal detailing you might desire.
In partnership with local Portland businesses, artists, and craftsmen they create these one of a kind portable parties.
Up-cycled and Sustainable
Sustainability, for those at A Case of Bass, means taking materials and designs, into which great amounts of energy have already been committed, and re-purposing them to extend that investment. It’s not recycling, where objects are stripped into the basic materials and then smelted back into something else. It’s up-cycling, where things are given new life and expected to be passed on or designed to be completely usable for something else without the need of deteriorating initial energy investment.
Because the brothers want to give universal access, they do things like sell their products at an affordable price and make an eighth inch input standard on all of the cases. They use some new electronics, but only when they can’t find a reliable substitute from their rescued electronics. When providing things that have great environmental and economic impact implicit in their construction, like batteries, they strive for low impact, long life, and of course, rechargeable systems. At present they offer lithium ion rechargeable packs that are lightweight, high capacity, and high efficiency.
Finally, to demonstrate the overall sustainability of each case, they give a percent by mass of up-cycled material for each case. This is a process and they don’t profess to have all the answers but are working to continuously improve the quality of each case as an environmentally and socially responsible piece of electronics.
above: The 2010 Grateful Vanity accoustic sculpture and a 2011 walnut miniskull speaker by Kuntzel+Deygas
These cool new 50 watt portable speakers, the miniskulls, designed by Kuntzel+Degas were inspired by their unusual and striking oversized accoustic sculpture, Grateful Vanity. Read more