As a fitting companion to our favorite (and perhaps the most controversially popular) music playback device, the Elbow Cassette Player, Louis Berger’s oTon is a quirky playback device for serious design junkies and audiophiles.
With a design that’s audacious enough to get me to quit Spotify to listen to LP discs full time, the oTon is vertical, exposes most of the vinyl disc, and is practically completely transparent… a design choice that makes the album art on the vinyl discs visible during playback. The oTon works by wirelessly sending audio to a nearby speaker (it doesn’t come with an in-built speaker, as you’ll clearly be able to see), but another interesting little feature is the oTon’s ability to rip audio from the vinyl discs and export them to your phone, to listen to while on the go!
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What is it about people incorporating music into their bathrooms? First, we had the musical instrument bathroom, and now check out this bathroom that has a sink that resembles a DJ’s console. Time to wash up with Sir Suds-A-Lot.
Designed by Gianluca Paludi, these turntable-inspired sinks from Olympia Ceramica will be a hit among wealthy DJs. This collection of bathroom basins is simply called Vinyl, and features sinks that look like a turntable setup. Each circular basin resembles the platter, and the faucet looks like a turntable’s tonearm. The tonearm doesn’t raise and lower like a real one, but maybe it can swivel from side to side. I’m not sure.
This setup includes a countertop with control knobs that regulate the water pressure and temperature. The cabinet has a drawer with a Bluetooth music amplifier and speaker inside as well. Those small holes are just for the speaker. Then there’s the stand that has a lower tier which supports a tempered glass shelf for fresh towels and other stuff. The upper tier has a rigid leather bag to hold smaller things.
The sink is available in either single or double-vanity designs, and there’s also a matching equalizer mirror with LEDs to go with. All those wealthy DJs out there can now have a luxury bathroom to go with their trade.
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With the vast majority of music now being played through digital products and streaming services, it’s arguable that the emotion, quality and most significantly of all, the value of music, has been somewhat lost! This is extremely disappointing news as the unique and distinguishable audio that vinyl’s produce is slowly vanishing!
This is just the reason that Logigram was born, and who better to design such a product than music-lovers themselves?! Defoss Digital have successfully created a turntable that doesn’t compromise on either the quality of the audio or the design! The eye-catching and unique design of the plinth conceals a reinforcing layer, this creates an anti-resonant layer that considerably improves the audio quality! 3D printing has allowed for the tonearm to be manufactured as a single, jointless piece that carries an optimum form, this allows it to provided a totally even mechanical response for an enhanced listening experience!
This uncompromised audio quality is housed within a product that carries an unarguably striking design; the paired-back finishes and absence of unnecessary frills make Logigram a beautiful product that would be perfect for any music lover!
Designers: Luca Chieregato, Josefina Troncoso & Rosario Illanes of DEFOSS
The plinth is characterized by a unique shape that incorporates a reinforcing layer of composite material: this design allowed them to create an anti-resonant barrier between the tonearm/cartridge axis and the motor, considerably improving the audio quality:
Logigram is made of very few components, and its design looks simple and minimal. The diagonal shape of the plinth is our trademark: it gives a fresh look to their turntable and makes it a unique product on the market.
In order to achieve a premium audio quality, they managed to increase the audio standards by using a 30 mm antiresonant composite plinth, hold up by three non-decoupling supports.
Logigram is a traditional belt-drive turntable with 33 ⅓ and 45 RPM manual speeds. Its synchronous motor is put in suspension inside the plinth’s body through an O-ring. Pivot to Spindle stiffening plate, separated from the motor by composite anti-vibration system.
Thanks to 3D printing, they managed to manufacture a single piece and jointless tonearm, which is optimally shaped to provide a totally even mechanical response.
– Manual belt-drive system 33 ⅓ or 45 RPM – Synchronous motor – Gimbal 3d printed tonearm – Anti-skating – Pivot to Spindle distance 222mm – Effective arm length 237mm – Overhang 15mm – Offset Angle 22° – Inner null point 57,2mm / Outer null point 120,4mm – Cartridge weight range: 4gr to 12gr – Audio-Thecnica AT95e MM (Logigram One) – Ortofon 2m Red MM (Logigram One Premium) – Ortofon 2m Blue MM (Logigram One Ultimate) – RCA Line Stereo Out + separate ground – Machined MDF (Logigram One) / Wood plinth (Logigram One Premium) / Composite plinth (logigram One Ultimate) – Easy setup – Low resonance MDF (Logigram One) and acrilic platter (Logigram One Premium / Logigram One Ultimate) – Felt slipmat (Logigram One) – Cork slipmat (Logigram One Premium / Logigram One Ultimate) – Dimensions Logigram One / Logigram One Premium – 454x362x145 mm (WxDxH) – Dimensions Logigram One Ultimate – 454x362x175 mm (WxDxH) – Weight Logigram One / Logigram One Premium – 6,2 kg – Weight Logigram One Ultimate – 9,1 kg – Universal AC to DC power supply compatible with US or European standard – Dustcover included
Let’s look at the best of all worlds. The best sort of music player is undoubtedly the vinyl music player, for its incredibly detailed reproduction and analog warmth. The best kind of speaker is a portable speaker, for the fact that it can be placed anywhere, instantly uplifting the space with foot-tapping beats or peaceful music. The best sort of charging is wireless charging (because it’s easy and efficient), and the best sort of music is the music you choose to play, accompanied by music’s best friend. Visuals.
Combine all of them together and you have what should theoretically be the best contemporary music player. Titled the Kozmophone, this alternate-reality gramophone takes one of Edison’s greatest inventions and gives it multiple upgrades, including a miniature holograph projector that brings back the visual joy we associated with Windows Media Player’s visualizer graphics, before online streaming took over.
The avant-garde gramophone comes with a slick, glossy, cutting-edge design, featuring an Audio Technica AT 91 cartridge, belt-driven turntable with built-in vibration damping and 35-45 RPM compatibility, and a fully adjustable tonearm with a counterweight. The horn, a signature element of the gramophone’s visual aesthetic comes with a detachable design, functioning as an external speaker that docks within Kozmophone when you want, and lets you carry your music around with you when you need. Want some private listening? The Kozmophone comes with a 3.5mm output for your headphones, and cleverly allows you to dock them on its body too. For serious audiophiles, there’s an RCA output too.
Here’s where the Kozmophone creates the perfect intersection between retro and modern. Stellar music quality aside, the Kozmophone also allows you to wirelessly charge your smartphone, via the charging pad that lies right near the headphone dock. Built with Bluetooth 4.2, it also allows you to stream music from online platforms onto the Kozmophone via your mobile. The Bluetooth module is housed within the detachable horn of the gramophone, allowing you to carry your external speaker and music playback device too, giving you the freedom of movement coupled with the freedom of choice between your vinyl and online music collection.
The Kozmophone’s magnum opus, however, remains its holographic display and ambient lighting system, that pair with the music to give you an audio-visual delight. Projecting images onto a transparent pyramid, Kozmophone adds a hint of spice to the music experience, delighting you with floating holograms that rotate or dance around while the music plays. With Kozmo’s expanding library of holograms you can have everything from a dancing avatar to a flitting butterfly accompanying your music, along with an ambient underlight that absolutely sets the mood… and there you have it, theoretically be the best contemporary music player in this world!
Kozmophone is the world’s first modular speaker and holographic turntable. A classic reimagined, a beautiful marriage of the past, the present and the future, Kozmophone is a seamlessly designed turntable with a minimalist style and amazing features.
They designed the Kozmophone for everyone from the first-time record listener to the experienced vinyl enthusiast. This had to be a great record player, one that would offer a flawless listening experience and would protect vinyl discs no matter how many times you played them. They made sure it had all the features a high-quality turntable needs. You don’t need to set up your cartridge or purchase additional gear such as phono pre-amps, amplifiers and speakers. All of these are included in Kozmophone’s integrated design.
This year marks the 141st anniversary of the phonograph, the brainchild of prolific inventor and original scratch master, Thomas Edison. Paying tribute to the original, they wanted to bring back the iconic share, so they kept Edison’s horn-style speaker design, but we updated it for our times, adding modern day touches, and also a touch of the future.
They reimagined the audio design with modern technology and took their sound in a new direction. Every direction. Kozmophone rotates a full 360-degrees, for consistent, uniform coverage, so that everyone gets the same experience and enjoys high-quality audio.
Kozmophone has a hidden compartment perfect for storing your cleaning kit for your vinyl discs. Keep your records clean with easy, quick and convenient access to the cleaning kit.
You can bypass the integrated speakers and use Kozmophone as standalone Hi-Fi turntable for your own audio setup, thanks to the built-in RCA line out ports.
Thomas Edison probably never imagined his phonograph having a holographic display, but Kozmophone distingues itself with a hologram inside the mail cylinder housing. You can choose from a selection of holographic animations found on the Kozmo App, to accompany playback, and even create your own.
Listen to your favorite vinyl in a colored ambiance. Choose your preferred color through the Kozmo App for an interactive, visual map of the music.
Charge your smartphone or any device with wireless charging integrated. All you have to do is place your device on top of the cylinder.
If you have a lot of vinyl records lying around that you wish you could listen to on your smartphone or speakers, now you can convert those oldies (but goodies) into digital music files. All you need is the ION Max LP Black conversion turntable.
To convert records to digital files, simply use the USB cable to connect the turntable to your computer. The included software will then walk you through the steps to get the process started. You can also use the 1/8″ auxiliary input to convert other sources, such as cassette tapes, into digital files as well. The software will automatically separate the tracks into individual files. The built-in stereo speakers also let you listen to those records on the spot.
That’s how easy it is to bring your analog tunes into the 21st century. Get the Conversion Turntable with Stereo Speakers for just $65.99 in the Technabob Shop, a 34% savings off of the original price.