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Classic 1974 OD-11 Speaker Gets a 100-Watt Upgrade

Teenage Engineering, the Stockholm-based design studio and audio wunderkinds behind the critically-lauded OP-1 portable synthesizer (below) and Styrofoam turntable, hit a career high at the recent CES 2013, when they unveiled their latest project, an update on the classic OD-11 speaker originally designed in 1974 by renowned Swedish engineer, Stig Carlsson.

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By developing a powerful, low cost hi-fi speaker for the consumer market, Carlsson's original OD-11 challenged an audio industry that was primarily designing devices for "perfectly damped rooms," not real homes. Despite the fact that the OD-11 was only available in Sweden, it sold over 100,000 units, conferring upon it a cult status among audiophiles.

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Instead of reinventing the wheel, Teenage Engineering worked closely with the Stig Carlsson Foundation to bring the OD-11 up to date, creating the world's first Cloud Speaker with a 100-watt amplifier (compare that to the 5.2-watt Jawbone Jambox and the 12-watt Beats by Dre Pill).

The OD-11 maintains a minimal profile—no buttons, LEDs or knobs to distract from the unit's primary function. For volume and track control, it has an external remote with a built-in magnet; you could even stick it on the front of your fridge if you wanted to.

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OD-11 ($800), available this Summer.

—See more by Jack Archer on Airows.com

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