Harman Kardon needs to turn this Gramophone mini-speaker concept into reality


Back when all that mattered to discerning audiophiles was sound quality, Harman Kardon blew everyone away with the first generation SoundSticks. The original version was just the subwoofer component co-developed with Apple called iSub. To this day, the use of transparent elements is often associated with the brand. Thus, it becomes a defining feature of this Gramophone mini speaker concept.

With a market flooded with Bluetooth speakers of all shapes and sizes, you need something with a unique visual impact. As we’ve pointed out before, sometimes minimalist details can go a long way. This mini Gramophone speaker is a creation of Wagner Pozebon and Grunge Design.

The sober silhouette of its case gives it the appearance of a display. On closer inspection, you will notice that the transparent cover forms a sounding horn of classic record players. It spirals very slightly and ends just above the upward-facing speaker cone.

We love the retro-futuristic design of the Harman Kardon Gramophone concept. In fact, it makes us wish the company would just buy the blueprints. They should mass produce it so people like us can buy it. Either way, it would fit right in with the brand’s sheer line of products.

You will find very minimal branding here as there is only the Harman Kardon script on the front part of the base. Below are the touch controls which also light up. Just imagine a setup where you have a pair of these Gramophone mini speakers. Hook them up to URUSS Design’s transparent turntable concept and you have a transparent acoustic work of art.

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Images courtesy of Wagner Pozebon/Grunge Design


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