MATRIXSYNTH: Teenage Engineering Introduces the OB–4 Magic Radio

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Teenage Engineering Introduces the OB–4 Magic Radio


teenage engineering

Not a synth, but a tool. Kind of interesting. Also available in red.


via Teenage Engineering

introducing OB–4, the portable high fidelity loudspeaker with two 4'' bass drivers and a pair of neodymium tweeters that deliver crystal clear, open natural sound with 38 watts per channel — that's around 100 decibels
of incredible sounding stereo. listen using line input, bluetooth, FM radio and disk. the interface is minimal, with only the things you really need. yet if you look below the surface, there's a lot more than meets the eye.

batch 2 ships nov 2020.

what's all the
hocus pocus about?
have you ever wished you could instantly rewind when listening to
the radio, to hear the title of the
song just played? OB–4 continuously memorises everything you listen
to on an endless looping tape*.
rewind, time-stretch and loop at the flick of your fingertips. on purpose or by accident. instant rewind on radio
is just one of the OB-4's magic tricks.

natural sound

four tailor-engineered speaker elements deliver pure quality sound and a stereo field that fills the entire room. a flow-optimised bass reflex duct delivers deep natural bass.
72 hrs listening

how about normal radio listening for a week without charging? the high capacity lipo battery delivers about
8 hours of noise at max volume, or an average of 40 hours on a single charge.
the wireless part

the OB–4 hardware platform is designed to support both high-definition bluetooth classic and the new ble audio standard. support for wireless audio with OP-Z coming soon.
smart antenna

we've spent years fiddling with the antenna so you won't have to. and for those tricky listening places, we've included a fine-tuned smart spiral antenna that neatly integrates in the handle.

motorized user interface.

use your fingers to grab, spin and interact with the sound. digital-motion controlled volume knob and tape reel. we call it the next level
of user experience.

turn your mind on with disk mode.
if you skip the traditional inputs like line in, bluetooth and FM radio, you end up in disk mode. this is where
we will continuously develop new experimental features for the OB–4. it's our public research space,
where we allow ourselves to explore and prototype everything that this media-instrument, as we call it, can become. for now, there are three functions on the disk; ambient, karma and metronome.

the handle-stand
designed to be played outdoors, in public spaces and at high volume; carried on one shoulder with speaker elements facing the head. note: it is assumed that passers-by share the same musical taste.
or why not give it a home in your kitchen? with any luck, the iconic handle makes it a breeze to carry anywhere, and can even be used
as a stand for a more relaxed
listening position.

bill amberg edition.
made in london by our friends at bill amberg studio. the OB–4 leather bag is the elegant protection you need when you walk the street in that high fashion district in a metropolitan city somewhere. or, when you just want to round off the edges of OB–4 and feel the soft touch of genuine leather.
ultra durable cow hide is hand stitched along four edges for a perfectly tailored and acoustically transparent fit. the detachable strap can be adjusted to several lengths. each of these first edition bags are unique and hand marked with an edition number.

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