Interview with Ceramic Speaker Designer Joey Roth at Digital Trends offices

Interview with Ceramic Speaker Designer Joey Roth at Digital Trends offices

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.