Oscar Olsson came up with this brilliant idea of combining analog and digital technology, and when displayed on a wall, it appears to be both futuristic and stylish. Despite the fact that the vinyl appears to be floating in mid-air, it would actually spin ever so smoothly beneath the needle, producing the classic vinyl sound that we are all so familiar with.
Who doesn’t enjoy the sound of a good old-fashioned vinyl record? Because of the powerful impression that this charismatic audio leaves on listeners, the sales of vinyl players have increased dramatically over the past few decades. In the United States, according to reports, vinyl records have surpassed sales of compact discs (CDs) for the first time since the 1980s. Several record players, both retro-modern and vertical in orientation, have sprouted up in response to the revival of this audio technology. A designer has taken the concept off the drawing board and mounted it on the wall, along with some mobile connectivity to go along with it.
The record players have evolved over time and in response to the increased demand in recent years. Olsson, on the other hand, claims that despite the fact that “technology has advanced tremendously,” not much has changed in the area of record player space utilization and technological application. This is why the TT–90 System (a turntable that has been flipped 90 degrees) was conceived, which is the result of careful consideration, research, and the designer’s design ability as well as his 3D modeling skills, among other things.
There are two major issues with the conventional record player that the TT-90 System – which comes in three colors: black, orange, and white – essentially resolves. In the first place, it eliminates the clunky, cabinet-like appearance and replaces it with an aesthetically pleasing wall-mountable, sleek design. A second improvement is that the previously rudimentary player can now be controlled either through onboard controls or by connecting the vinyl player to a smartphone for mobile control.
However, while the concept of mounting the record player on the wall is fantastic – it looks playful, blends well with the surroundings, and sparks interesting discussions – the reality is that it presents problems with stability and convenience. To address this, Olsson has implemented the use of rubber packs against the wall to reduce vibration, as well as the use of a threaded knob to hold the vinyl disk tightly in place while it is spinning vertically. We are impressed with the concept, and we hope that the TT-90 System will be fine-tuned and ready to cater to our vinyl listening experience as soon as possible.
Designer: Oscar Olsson