This concept Hi-Fi system elevates music listening into a visual art form
As more and more content is going digital today, most of our consumption happens through our smartphones. We stream music from the cloud and even force ourselves to enjoy videos with subtitles on screens not much bigger than our hands. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this lifestyle, especially for people on the go, it takes away some of the elements that make these activities special on their own. For example, you will sometimes miss out on the visual and tangible aspects of owning products designed specifically to make these activities enjoyable and memorable, making listening to music almost mechanical and rote. This conceptual design of a beautiful Hi-Fi system attempts to bring back some of that joy and is inspired by some of the best creative minds in the industry.
Designer: Hans Baerholm
Bang & Olufsen is not only famous for its audio expertise which now pervades many audio systems, including those in cars and phones. The brand has been known for decades for its keen sense of design, skillfully integrating audio systems into beautiful forms that have stood the test of time and fashion. The Beogram 4000 turntable and the Beomaster 6000 4-channel receiver, for example, feature a classic design that embodies the minimalist aesthetic and principles that have become fashionable today. Unsurprisingly, these two elements served as the basis for a reimagining of this product line, aptly called Beogram Remaster.
More than a simple piece of equipment, the Beogram Remaster is in fact a set that completes an entire audio system designed to restore the pleasure of listening to music that is not due to a small pocket computer. More than just separate pieces of hardware, however, the B&O-inspired “Remaster” has a seamless visual identity that builds on B&O’s DNA but also tweaks it a bit for more modern tastes.
The mainplate, for example, sports the same distinctive slots that radiate from the middle as the original Beogram 4000. This time, however, the plate is more discreet and blends in almost perfectly with the rest of the deck’s surface. The tonearm is a simpler but larger rectangular block that belies its special flair. It is driven by a linear motor, allowing the turntable to be mounted vertically on a wall. In fact, almost any piece in the Beogram Remaster collection could be mounted in the same way, creating wall art that is also functional at the same time.
The receiver also hides its modern nature under its classic appearance. Unlike the original, it can integrate more than radio and DAB stations. It can also receive streams and podcasts from the internet and most likely from your phone as well. It’s a versatile receiver that handles anything and everything available today, all wrapped up in a design that equally blends past and present.
More than just a nod to past designs, the Beogram Remaster is a call to enjoy the act of listening in its pure form. One that does not involve a smartphone or at least does not put the smartphone on charge. The Remaster stays true to the design language that made Bang & Olufsen famous while offering the conveniences of modern living. It’s, in essence, a testament to the timelessness of good design, whether playing traditional radio music or a Spotify playlist.