Communal bonding and the entire concept of family get-together spirit that existed in the past Century somewhere seems to be subdued in today’s modern world of automation in technology and a wave in wireless devices. Whether it be listening to music or watching one those favorite chartbusters on television, we seem to have been surrounded by a new ocean of spectacular innovation and tech gaga that makes us blindfold ourselves from the original aesthetic feeling of togetherness. Often, at times, I hear from my grandparents in their mesmerizing voice tones, “Oh! How do you guys even live in a world of parties without a Gramophone?” Well, I preferred leaving that question unanswered until today when I discovered this new Kickstarter Campaign that calls itself “a marriage of vintage and modern aesthetics – producing a timeless piece that allows you to stream nostalgia” – Welcome this new time-machine of Sound, Gramovox!
A Home Entertainment Bluetooth Speaker with a Vintage Touch
Founded by two extremely talented individuals from Chicago, Pavan Bapu and Jeff Parrish, Gramovox is one of the coolest Classic Home Entertainment Bluetooth Speakers that you could ever come across. Inspired from the 1920s Magnavox R3 horn speaker for its bold design and vintage sound, it’s as you would call, those one-of-a-kind gadgets that reunites you once again with the roaring music feel of the ’20s, be it Paul Whiteman’s unique Jazz or Alfred Cortot’s romantic piano works. Only this time, it comes with a twist of the 21st Century music coupled with the organically mid-range, vintage sound of the gramophone. The same old resonant organic feel could take you down the lane and entice you with a spirit of unforgettable music like never before. Be it the S-curve horn which is a 3:4 scale reproduction of the 1920s R3 Magnavox or the minimalist yet chic wood base, the Gramovox has kept up to the mark of modernizing the magnificent and majestic style of the gramophones of yesterday.
Having already smashed their Kickstarter pledge of $100,000 with still nearly a fortnight left for the campaign to close, Gramovox has been quite a popular name on the news in the recent time. VentureBeat, on their article, has made an impressive comment saying, “Judging solely by its materials, it’s clear that Gramovox is intent on making the device a premium product, not a throwaway hunk of plastic. For one, the final forms of its horn will be made of steel and brass, materials most consumers never thought they’d see in a speaker.” So has DigitalTrends by saying that “the Gramovox lets you stream tunes via Bluetooth into a refashioned piece of Americana”. Having used stereolithography (SLA) to 3D print the horn and maintaining the curvature in accordance with the old gramophone, Gramovox is no doubt one of the coolest gadget being able to restore the glorious musicality of the past.
Passing Music from the Air Through a Magnificent Time-Machine!
Coming to the wood base and the electronic circuit embedded in it, the inside of the Gramovox comprises of a custom created circuit board with a bluetooth 3.0 chip and an audio driver which is acoustically optimized with horn. As Jeff rightly says, it’s like taking the music from the air and passing it into Gramovox through a little yet magnificently powerful time-machine! Regarding the wood base, its straight lines juxtaposes with the curves of the horn in a way that would give you a striking aesthetic feel of music. For the prototype, 12/4 walnut from a local lumber yard has been used with a satin-lacquer clear-coat. Gorgeous!
To add the final touch, Fort Frances has given the audio demo for the launch of Gramovox and what a mind blowing music piece it is. The very thought of having this masterpiece on your shelf today adds that feeling of togetherness and merry making that keeps families bonded with each other all the time. One round of music in the evenings could turn your get togethers into a magical experience, of course, with a modern touch of technology mixed with vintage sound – A nostalgic atmosphere for the 21st Century families. Let’s celebrate Gramovox today! Happy Gadgeting!