Timbre. Minimal, Glass, Wood, Sound

Timbre is one of those things that seems to take speaker design to the next level. I don’t mean this from an acoustic standpoint, but definitely from a visual one. I say that because I haven’t heard these speakers so I can’t judge the sound. Designer Casey Lin chose the wood and glass materials not only for their acoustic properties, but for their visual properties as well.

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The desire was to remove all of the typical plastic components found in typical speaker systems and replace them with the refinement of wood and glass. The result is a beautiful piece of design with unique audio properties. The glass acoustic horns actually function as natural equalizers for the audio stream. All of the essential electronic parts are hidden inside the simple black walnut base, with the electronic ports on the back. On the face is a single knob for power and volume. The streamlined box is the speaker itself, containing the surface transducers that vibrate the wooden surface and transfer audio to the glass horns mounted on top. To adjust treble and bass, the listener simply rotates the glass vessel until the desired tone is reached.

Like I said, I have no idea how these sound, but they look magnificent.

Timbre Speaker from Casey Lin on Vimeo.

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