2016 London Design Awards

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OD-11 Cloud Speaker & OrthoRemote Controller

Image Credit : Jesper Koothoofd, Teenage Engineering AB





Project Overview

OD-11 premium airplay speaker reengineered from classic scandinavian 1974 design


Teenage Engineering AB


Jesper Kouthoofd - head of design
David Eriksson - head of hardware
David Möllerstedt - head of software
Jens Rudberg - cto
Bengt Sjölén - senior wifi expert
Ingvar Ingenjör Öhman - senior acoustics expert
Jacob Siverskog - senior linux expert
Marcus Nilsson - senior audio expert
Jonas Åberg - senior software engineer
Joel Westerberg - senior backend engineer
Tom Howard - head of mechanical engineering

Project Brief

clear natural sound delivered in a timeless design.

the new OD-11 is a carefully re-engineered version of the legendary ortho directional loud-speaker by stig carlsson from 1974.
now with a built-in computer, 100 watt amplifer and the latest wifi technology.
it's upgraded to play all your music, from any device, in wireless stereo.
the unmistakeably warm and relaxed carlsson sound has returned.
OD-11 is a wireless speaker made for all your favourite devices and music services.
Create a cloud speaker that could stream without connection to a home router

Project Innovation/Need

groundbreaking OR-1 ble wireless remote-control for 1-click music
frequency responce down to 28 Hz - incredible bass and lower tones
subsample wireless stereo synchronisation
first spotify connect enabled hi end speaker
2.4GHz & 5GHz wifi + bluetooth low power (ble) connectivity
Cabin Mode - allows streaming via 3G / 4G phone signal - no need to connect speaker to home router or situations where no router exists - like your log cabin or beach hut etc

Design Challenge

re-created from original technical drawings, the 2014 version of OD-11 has the same dimensions, 10 liter volume, white cabinet with black grille, as when it was launched in 1974.
when it comes to the sound, the ortho directional speaker principle is more relevant than ever, delivering the same great sound as it did 40 years ago.
the genuine carlsson sound.
the new OD-11 has evolved from a 70's classic to a complete ultra modern music system with everything built-in to play wireless music from any device or platform.
Latency free true wireless wifi stereo when tow units paired.
Line IN and Optic Cable inputs - allowing wireless communication of stereo channel to second unit.
Designing an operating platform that DIDNT demand third party software to play your music (see our beautiful controller app; https://www.teenageengineering.com/products/orthoplay)


fully software upgradable for future music services and formats
carefully selected materials and high quality components selected to last a lifetime
ultra high efficiency patented design class-d amplification

This award celebrates creative and innovative design for either a component or overall product. Consideration given to aspects that relate to human usage, aesthetics, selection of components and materials, and the resolution of assembly, manufacturing and the overall function.
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