My personal 2011 Award for the most innovative audio product goes to the design team en&is’ Megaphone loudspeaker. It’s a loudspeaker and a passive amplifier for an iPhone, and it’s made of ceramic. As always, it too has some past role models.
The form is designed to amplify and optimize the “best” sound output a la the best gramophones. The amplifier is based on a thin wooden frame that allows the object to float off the table. This in order to increase the vibration of the object and thus to optimize the emission of sound!
Megaphone provides the owners of the iPhone with a marvelous alternative to listen to music without headphones, and in conversations to hear the person on the phone as live voice. Amazing!