Vintage sound: Analog. Warm. Soulful.
Modern sound: Digital. Cold. Weirdly obsessed with Taylor Swift.
Here to bring you yesteryear’s resonance: BlueTube Audio speakers and amps, available now for pre-order.
Started by a pair of designer brothers who love “functioning art” (see their prior creation, the steampunk-y ClockOs), BlueTube offers a refined line of vacuum tube amplifiers, titanium cone speakers and subwoofers.
Why vacuum tubes? While the century-old tech has its drawbacks (less energy efficient, needs to warm up), they produce a more defined, richer sound.
And, as the young-ish designers note, they look “freaking awesome.”
And they do look as sharp as they sound. The cherry wood case is rubbed with linseed oil and hand-crafted from locally sourced lumber. The volume dial has weight. And when in use, the exposed tubes glow warmly.
Not that it’s all ‘55 in there. The amps include a Bluetooth receiver with voice command and a USB charging port.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the speakers and amps are available for pre-order now, for shipment in April.
So yesteryear’s sound, this year.