5 Trends for Home Media Equipment

by | Jul 15, 2022 | Product design

September 23, 2020Watching movies, tv shows, or playing video games on our phones has never been better until today, and despite the slow but steady introduction of virtual reality, there is still charm in just sitting back on the couch and watching our favorite shows the traditional way. Improvements are being made since the cathode ray tube screens have officially left the living room. We went from LCD to LED, now OLED displays. Each generation and display type promises an improvement to the visual quality. Accompanying the visuals is of course the audio, surround sound speakers are great for bringing dynamic sound quality and allows viewers to experience audio in 3D space.

So, what kinds of home media equipment should we be looking into bringing into our homes? Let’s look at this list of the best product designs awarded and recognized by European Product Design Awards to see which is the best for adapting into these new sources of entertainment.

1. A Harmonious Union of Craftsmanship and Technology. – Ionic Sound System Deeptime

Prizes: Winner in Media and Home Electronics/TV, Video and Audio Equipment
Company: PROTOTYPUM, Czech Republic
Lead Designer: Ondřej Chotovinsky

Compact with excellent sound performance, the Ionic Sound System Deeptime looks beautiful as it sounds. With a frequency range from 40HZ to 20kHz, it has a hi-res DAC and ultra-low distortion and with the latest Bluetooth module that fits perfectly as a desktop or shelf audio setup. The powerful speaker is powered with a Thunderstone subwoofer that’s just perfect for a TV sound surround system.

The audio set is the first ever 3D printed speaker. Printed with composite sandstone material that creates a low resonance coefficient which means you’ll get accurate speaker performance.

Nature inspired spirula speakers are eye-catching as the subwoofer that can be great accent items.

2. Minimalist – LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R

Prizes: Top Design Winner in Media and Home Electronics/TV, Video and Audio Equipment
Company: Foster + Partners, United Kingdom
Lead Designer: Foster + Partners Industrial Design

Where less is more, this innovative smart TV is a sneak peak on the future of smart televisions. A sleek 0.2-millimeter-thick screen means you’ll have more room and flexibility in your interiors. The thin screen can be discreetly hidden away using a rectangular aluminum volume which comes with an integrated speaker covered with a beautiful tonal fabric.

3. Science Fiction into Reality – Hachi Infinite

Prizes: Winner in Media and Home Electronics/Consumer electronics and cameras
Company: Hachi (Beijing Puppy Robotics Co., Ltd.), China
Lead Designer :Song Tang, VP of Technology and Lead of AIoT

If you’ve seen Minority Report 18 years ago and wondered how cool it could be to have a hologram that you can touch and control with a touch of a finger, then you’re in some treat. The Hachi Infinite turns any flat surface into a touchscreen integrated with voice control systems and a powerful Qualcomm chip and Android OS 9.0.

With a range of 600 to 100 inches ANSI lumens HD display it delivers high resolution picture display making it compatible to any videos with 1080p 4K resolutions.

It is the perfect tool for entertainment, work and learning as its high precision sensors enable users for an immersive experience. It offers AI capabilities, endless apps and can be easily paired to a smart device.

4. Modular Design – WALKABOUT

Prizes: Bronze in Media and Home Electronics/TV, Video and Audio Equipment
Company: Vestel Electronic Company, Turkey
Lead Designer: ECE SARIKAYA

Innovation always seeks flexible solutions striving for that overall experience. With WALKABOUT speakers, you’ll get an array of possibilities thanks to its ingenious design that comes with modules that can be rearranged and positioned in a way to accommodate the surface of space. Either you want it below your smart TV or have it by your bedside table, the compact, portable and beautifully designed geometric form can be a stand-alone accent by itself.

5. Flexible and Fun – IN & OUT player

Prizes: Winner in Media and Home Electronics/TV, Video and Audio Equipment
Lead Designer: Hu Miaodi

There are three ways to enjoy this creatively designed Bluetooth headphones and speakers. One you can use on your head as like an ordinary headphone. Two you can take off the headphones and rotate into a triangular module and three through its magnetic connection can be transformed into a Desktop speaker. The clever design is sustainable as you can buy one product that offers three features.

Credit Source: European Product Design Awards