Leon Speakers has been awarded an International Design Award (IDA) for the Aaros 10-inch Ultra-Thin Subwoofer.
The subwoofer took the Silver Award for Product Design in the TV, Video, and Audio Equipment category. The IDA recognizes and promotes the world’s most visionary designers and uncovers emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion design.
“We’re honored to have our work recognized globally and to receive such an important, internationally renowned award,” said Noah Kaplan, president of Leon Speakers. “As home theater moves upstairs into multipurpose living rooms, the need for refined, clean reproduction of low frequencies becomes increasingly important. The Aaros subwoofer offers extreme performance, craftsmanship and versatility, as it can be custom finished to complement any environment or simply hidden away. It was a formidable challenge to our design team, and to raw physics, to create a thin form factor subwoofer that is capable of reproducing a theater-grade experience. The success of this product in the luxury marketplace and this IDA award serve as a stamp of affirmation for our designers and craftsmen.”
At only 4.5-inches deep, Leon’s Aaros A10-UT can be converted to a forward-firing or down-firing position and placed in any room. With a solid aluminum baffle and a highly specialized driver, it also offers more tonal balance than traditional large subs, according to the company. To demonstrate the possibilities for customization, one of the subwoofers featured on the IDA website includes a black leather-wrapped baffle in a cabinet constructed out of solid African Wenge hardwood. Other custom options include a zebra wood cabinet and a brushed aluminum baffle.
To date, designers from over 76 countries (on six continents) have submitted their work for IDA consideration. The panel of jurors for 2011 included: Josh Rubin (founder, Cool Hunting), Hans Fonk (editor-in-chief, OBJEKT International) and Lise Coirier (editor-in-chief, TL), Aaron Kenedi (editor-in-chief, Print), William Menking (editor-in-chief, The Architect’s Newspaper), and Alice Blackwood (editor-in-chief, Design Quarterly).
For a complete list of 2011 IDA winners in the Product Design category, visit the IDA website.