Ceramic Speakers, Careful Now

Our favorite teapot maker Joey Roth is at it again. His Ceramic Speakers made the internet rounds months ago but I had to point out how there’s still nothing like it on the market and if he is to be believed – audiophiles and design snobs alike will both be appeased.

The Ceramic Speakers are made from porcelain, cork, and Baltic birch. Each material is minimally finished, left to add its natural beauty to the design. The included amplifier is made from stainless steel sheet metal, with a cast iron base and paulownia volume slider. Aside from the electronic components, plastic is rarely used.

Typical speakers are designed to play even the most compressed or poorly recorded track. They gloss over the details that give high-resolution music its depth. The Ceramic Speakers’ custom-made drivers, porcelain and cork enclosures, and Tripath amplifier reveal every nuance. They will show the difference between lossless and mp3 files, and will unlock vinyl’s richness.

Binding posts, 1/8″ jacks, and banana plugs have been perfected through years of electronic design. It would be arrogant to replace these simple, effective standards with proprietary connectors. Due to their open design, the Ceramic Speakers work with nearly all high-quality components. The terminals also have a utilitarian beauty that the design emphasizes rather than hides.

If you like it then you shoulda put ring on it a.k.a Joey is taking pre-orders now. $495 plus free shipping. Mr. Roth, are you going to send us one?

Designer: Joey Roth (Buy it here)







  • Nokadota says:

    Yes, a mockup that actually gets mass-produced! Excellent.

  • MB says:

    i really like the speakers, but surely they need some sort of air hole in them to stop the air boucing to and from the skin of the speaker; on the inside of the ceramic container?

  • Jason says:

    Nope. It’s an acoustic suspension setup. Its cost might be slightly lower sensitivity/watt at the benefit of a crisper low end.

  • Joey says:

    Thanks for the post Long!

    Jason is right- the enclosure is a wave guide. The cork on the back is coated on the inside with natural wool, so it essentially “eats” the sound waves that would otherwise be reflected off of the flat back plane. The curved inner walls of the enclosure are designed to be predictably reflective. Th back-pressure on the driver allows the cone to return to its neutral position faster, which leads to more precise, less boomy bass.

    The amp is based on the Tripath 2024 chip, which you can read more about here: http://www.tnt-audio.com/ampli/tripath_amps_e.html

    We chose the Tripath because it adds minimal color to the signal and intensifies the speaker’s already optimized sound stage. It is also efficient and compact, allowing me more freedom with the amp’s small design.

    My overall goal with this system was to create the most simple path from source to ear, so that the details of high-resolution music (FLAC, vinyl, etc) could be enjoyed. I also worked to optimize the system’s size and physical beauty.

    If you have any other technical or more general questions, don’t hesitate to email me: joey@joeyroth.com

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