Teufel x Rosenthal Porcelain Speaker Announced

Won't make a cuppa.

by Andy Bassett Mar 14, 2019 at 8:59 AM

  • German speaker manufacturer Teufel has joined forces with Rosenthal, renowned German porcelain specialists, to create what they claim is the world’s first wireless, porcelain speaker.
    Soundwaves and bone china - it feels like a recipe for disaster doesn’t it? Not so, according to Robert Suk, Head of Creative Centre at Rosenthal GmbH, “Porcelain is a versatile and widely usable material which, thanks to its silky matt surfaces and high material density, combines maximum aesthetics with perfect sound."

    This collaboration has resulted in a 2.0 audio system that not only sports a clearly original design aesthetic but manages to house high-end coaxial drivers, supports numerous streaming services, has Bluetooth connectivity to support streaming from any source and can connect to other Teufel or Raumfeld speakers for multi-room functionality.
    The speakers are coupled with an included 160W, class D amplifier housed in a white porcelain casing which hosts on/off, volume and additional freely assignable touch-sensitive keys. There is also an alarm clock, sleep timer, energy saving function and line-in input for a CD player or turntable to be connected. Operation is also possible via the Teufel smart app and the speakers are connected to the amp via 3m, fabric covered cables.

    The coaxial drivers have been designed to ensure balanced, reliable playback with accurate sound stage representation and according to Teufel, the design of the loudspeaker casing has acoustic characteristics from the teardrop shape, which reduces distortion.

    Network connectivity via Bluetooth allows connection to sources such as servers, tablets and smartphones while Spotify Connect, via the Teufel app, enables transmission of music from the integrated streaming services TIDAL, Napster, SoundCloud and TuneIn.

    The construction process required to create the drop-shaped speaker with its internal bass reflex tube requires a high level of craftsmanship. The process involves a one-piece mould, creating the apertures for the supporting frame attachment and installation of technical components, and finally a 16 hour kiln blast at 1,400°C

    The speaker set (speaker pair, amplifier and cables) is available in a limited edition run of 500 at a price of €3990 (RRP) at Teufel’s website and selected Teufel and Rosenthal retailers.

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