HK.L // Sound System Concept

  • Starting from the Iconic Harman Kardon design language,
    HK.L explores a new sound narrative through the use of light.

  • The wireless speaker produces audio excellence, and accompanies the sound with beautiful
    patterns of light that are created in real time, synchronised with the music being played.
  • Arrays of individually addressable OLEDs are laid inside the upper core of the design,
    the patterns of emitted light are reflected onto the polished aluminium lower core.

  • An embedded micro-controller operates as the music visualiser. It is programmed to use real-time music
    properties (e.g. changes in the music amplitude, frequency, wavelength, etc. ) to control the light patterns.

  • All controls are located at the top for ease of use and accessibility.

  • Power the speaker and control the media via the central disc.
    Tap to play/pause, double-tap to skip, triple-tap to repeat.

  • The capacitive, touch-sensitive outer rim allows for simple
    volume control and syncing with your cloud devices.

  • Ports for battery charge, computational information transmission
    and headphone connectivity are located at the back.

  • The connection ports are easily identifiable through clear semiotics,
    these are subtly tilted towards the user.
  • A cover made of stretch fabric protects the upper drivers from dust and damage.
    It is simple to remove and replace for cleaning.

  • The speaker incorporates 6 x 1.5” mid and high range driver units laid out in a
    360° configuration in the upper section, and 1 x 4.5” sub-woofer driver facing down in
    the lower section. The casing is designed to be bass ported.

  • Designed for optimum audio performance, the central core maximises airflow through
    the speaker and creates an omni-directional sound experience.
  • For more insights on my design process: @gianniteruzzi