Joey Roth's Ceramic Speakers became instantly iconic from their debut in 2009, a rare instance where an audio component became a desirable objet d'art amongst the design set. It's been three years in the making, and now he's followed up with a hefty two-piece companion to fill in the low end void inbetween with the announcement of the tubular Ceramic Subwoofer...The appeal of Joey Roth's original Ceramic Speakers was in no small part related to the materials used. Pristine white porcelain, cork, and Baltic birch...all beckoned the finger to touch the speaker before even turning it on, a subtle tactile temptation precluding the sounds pushed out by the custom-made drivers and Tripath amplifier.
The Ceramic Speakers subwoofer follows the same material path, a gleaming white porcelain tube evoking the image of a modernist house planter turned to its side. Again, Roth turned to the smooth porcelain, warm Baltic birch plywood, and stainless steel for a delicate visual balance between fragility and significant weight, a physical parallel to the characteristics of music itself.
Once connected, the subwoofer can fill in audio down to the 40 Hz realm with the aid of a paired 50 watt Class D. It's an honest design, with two drivers on each end, no proprietary connections, and completely analog, making it compatible with the majority of audio source, new and old. It took three years, but those two speakers now have a big brother to finally complete a perfect 2.1 living room system for analog and digital source lovers, aesthetes and audiophiles alike.
Shipping in December 2012 for $695, preorders are open.