Budding industrial designer Joey Roth captured the admiration of tea drinkers with his futuristic Sorapot — which looks a bit like a cryogenic tube for steeping tea. Now, he’s turned his eye towards consumer electronics with a pair simple, elegant ceramic speakers. These speakers are just as off-the-wall as his teapot. We got a chance to sit down with Roth on a recent trip through Portalnd to hear his speakers for ourselves and a bit about the thinking that went into them.
Roth talks about how the speakers began as a quest to build simple, desktop-sized speakers that would mate perfectly with a computer. He also explains how audiophile forums and a preference for simple materials — like ceramic, cork and birch — helped shape the final product.
Aesthetics get special attention here due to Roth’s expertise as an industrial designer but sound quality never too a back seat during the design process. Roth lets us in on some of the electronic decisions that went into building his speakers. Decisions like the use of a Tripath amp and Tannoy drivers. Also, the choice to omit a crossover for the absolute simplest path from speaker to computer.
This won’t be Roth’s only foray into consumer electronics. The tech-attuned designer leaves a few hints for upcoming projects.