Today, Cambridge Audio announced the receipt of two Red Dot Awards for Product Design 2022, picking up one each for their Evo all-in-one system (Evo 75 and Evo 150) and Melomania 1+ true wireless headphones. The Red Dot Design Award is a huge worldwide design competition that evaluates the best design concepts in a particular year.
The winning Cambridge Audio products will be published in the Red Dot Design Yearbook and honored at the Red Dot award ceremony on June 20th, 2022. In addition, they will be displayed at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, until May 2023.
Here at Hifitrends, we got a chance to look at the Evo 150 Streaming Amplifier and the first Melomania 1, and we were taken aback by the deep functionality and innovative designs. The ability to swap trims on the Evo 150 via Magnetic Panels was next level.
For more info on the Evo All-In-One amplifier and Melomania 1+, check out our review and the press release below.
The following press release is courtesy of Cambridge Audio:
Evo all-in-one music system and Melomania 1+ true wireless earbuds both win in the Product Design category
British audio brand Cambridge Audio is the recipient of two Red Dot Design Awards 2022, for its Evo all-in-one system and Melomania 1+ true wireless headphones.
Both products received a Red Dot Award for Product Design 2022. The Red Dot Design Award is one of the largest design competitions worldwide and appraises the best products, brands, communication works and design concepts of every year.
Speaking of the winners, Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, said: “In this year of the competition, I have been particularly struck by the exceptional creativity shown by the award-winning products. It is really impressive and praiseworthy that there are still designs out there that can surprise us with their form and functionality. This makes it clear that design cannot be restricted or brought to a standstill by unfavorable circumstances. On the contrary: more and more new ideas and creations emerge, and futuristic techniques are developed. The fact that the quality of these products equals their level of innovation makes them well-deserved winners in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2022.”
The Evo all-in-one music player (which comprises Evo 75 and Evo 150 models) combines Cambridge Audio’s 50+ years of hi-fi expertise with cutting-edge technology, streaming smarts, and incredible audio performance in one beautifully designed box.
Designed in Cambridge Audio’s London studio, Evo’s timeless and minimal aesthetic was the focus of lead designer Ged Martin, who used industrial design principles to create a product that champions simplicity and will endure for many years. Taking inspiration from the iconic P40, Cambridge Audio’s first-ever amplifier from 1968, Evo has beautiful walnut wood side panels which can be switched out for textured black panels made from innovative and sustainable material Richlite.
Ged says: “I’m so pleased. Winning a Red Dot is a really proud moment for me. I’m delighted at the reception that Evo has had in its first year from hi-fi listeners around the world as well as the Red Dot judging panel.”
The popular Melomania 1+ true wireless headphones are designed to offer an outstanding audio experience at a competitive price, using Class A/B amplification – seen in Cambridge Audio’s hi-fi products – and custom-designed 5.8mm Graphene-enhanced drivers to provide an outstandingly detailed reproduction of music.
The discreet, super lightweight bullet-shaped earbuds eliminate pressure points for a comfortable fit and are designed to create a perfect seal that effectively minimizes background noise and optimizes audio quality. As well as being available via cambridgeaudio.com and Amazon, they are also sold via the MoMA Design Store.
James Johnson-Flint, CEO of Cambridge Audio, says of Melomania 1+: “This Red Dot Award is warmly received and brings with it thrilling recognition of the product’s iconic design. The bullet shape is different to pretty much every other earbud out there and it’s fantastic to be bestowed a highly sought after Red Dot seal of approval.”
The winning Cambridge Audio products will be published in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, as well as honored at the Red Dot award ceremony on 20 June 2022 and displayed at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany until May 2023.
About Cambridge Audio
Based in the heart of London, Cambridge Audio has pursued one simple objective since its inception in 1968: to produce audio equipment that faithfully creates a pure and natural sound. Cambridge Audio is dedicated to bringing unfiltered, unadulterated ‘Great British Sound’ into your home. From the iconic P40 amplifier to the award-winning Evo all-in-one music system and globally acclaimed Melomania true wireless earphones, Cambridge Audio designs each product from the ground up to deliver the purest and most faithful reproduction of your music. This approach has been instrumental in creating generations of award-winning products. Cambridge Audio products are consistently recognized for their performance, innovation and value.
About Red Dot Design Award
In order to appropriately assess the great diversity of products and projects in the area of design, the Red Dot Design Award is divided into three disciplines – Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. With roughly 20,000 submissions, the Red Dot Award is one of the biggest design competitions in the world. 1955 marked the first year that a jury came together to evaluate the best designs of that era. In the 1990s, Red Dot’s CEO Prof. Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the prestigious distinction “Red Dot” has been a seal of outstanding design that is highly regarded internationally. The award-winners are presented in Red Dot’s yearbooks and museums as well as on the Red Dot website. Additional information can be found at www.red-dot.org
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