stefan radev + partners craft tube amplifier for apple and android devices stefan radev + partners craft tube amplifier for apple and android devices
sep 21, 2014

stefan radev + partners craft tube amplifier for apple and android devices

stefan radev + partners craft tube amplifier for apple and android devices
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a danish start-up asked stefan radev + partners to develop the design of their first audio vacuum tube amplifier. the brief included key words like high-end, premium, contemporary, compatibility with apple and android devices, to offer the luxury audio equipment user a hybrid device that could be used as stand alone or together with his or her existing system.

stefan radev and partners tube amplifier apple android devices
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the interpretation has resulted in a balanced choice of proportions, materials, and accents. as the product should be versatile, allowing the user to play music from mobile devices, wirelessly or connected, the firm was able to hide the dual dock into the compact case, so it is easy enabled when needed. the aimed design direction required the controls to be more subtle, so they are embedded them in the top plate, slightly recessed to support the discreet and compact style.

stefan radev and partners tube amplifier apple android devices
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only two type of materials were appropriate to achieve a premium high-end appeal: aluminum to assist cooling, and wood to reflect the warm sound that is created by the amplifier. the large top and bottom shells of alloy aid the temperature gauging process. they are additionally perforated where the escape of air is most needed due to the hidden circuitry inside the case. in order to enable a better ventilation, the lower left and right sides of the bottom surface are slightly raised. the vacuum tubes are prominently present, but as they are fragile, they needed a sleek invisible protector. knowing that a glass cover seemed to be an obvious solution, but would need to be ventilation-friendly, the designers cut the upper quarter area to aid the cooling process and the integrated metal bezel.

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stefan radev and partners tube amplifier apple android devices
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