Teenage Engineering has announced the OD-11 after what they say is more than a year of negotiations, electronic, mechanical and software engineering and endless factory tours . It's an active loudspeaker built from the ground up to play music in the cloud. Or maybe we should say clouds, as it will not be locked to a single service. OD-11 is a reengineered and updated version of the classic Carlsson OD-11 loudspeaker made under licence from the Stig Carlsson Foundation. Here's the details in Teenage Engineering's own words...
Today, almost all music has moved to the cloud. We think this is great evolution. Sadly, the audio equipment needed to listen to music in the cloud hasn't really caught up with this transition. We investigated the market closely, but we couldn't find one system that delivered both great sound and a great user experience. So we had to build it ourselves. We have created a device that is built from the ground up especially for enjoying music in the cloud. We call this device Cloud Speaker.
Inside the OD-11 you'll find an integrated amplifier that delivers 100W. Combine this with integrated WiFi and a sound processor and you have everything you need to enjoy cloud music. To make the user experience even greater we designed an amazingly simple volume remote with wireless communication built around the latest Bluetooth 4 Low Energy chip that allows the remote to run for years on a single button cell battery. We also added a magnet on the back of the remote so you can stick it to anything from your fridge to the front of your OD-11.
The original Carlsson OD-11 was introduced in 1974. Created by Stig Carlsson, the Swedish engineer that challenged the audio industry in the 60s and 70s by designing and refining his loudspeaker for real living rooms, as opposed to the common practice of developing speakers in perfectly damped rooms. Oddly, that contradiction is the same today. At introduction the OD-11 was the most affordable HiFi speaker of its time. The Carlssons loudspeakers sold over 100.000 pairs just in Sweden and was instantly established as icons of it's time.
Teenage Engineering has worked closely with the Stig Carlsson Foundation to build on the tradition of Stig Carlssons work and his life long mission for great natural sound. The result of this is OD-11. Carefully and meticulosly re-engineered by Teenage Engineering. Welcome to a great cloud music experience.
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