The Roberts Reunion was an exercise in taking a lateral approach to achieve a truly fantastic performing and looking product. It has a superb tonal balance, achieves a huge SPL with low distortion and has some really fantastic features, including a broadcast mode, Bluetooth 5.3… and it’s waterproof too! Continue reading “Roberts Reunion – Turning it around!”
The Zen Plus concept was to create a small and attractive clock radio with some distinctive features: Continue reading “Roberts Zen Plus – Innovation in Bedside Radio”
It’s not often that I would get very excited about the rear panel of a new product, but launching today are the rather beautiful Roberts Zen and Zen Plus DAB / FM Bluetooth Sleep sound bedside radio products – the first units to feature a QR code based Handbook / User’s guides. Continue reading “QR Code based User’s Guides”
Head of Home & Sound, Jan 2022
I am honoured to have been given the role of head of Innovation and Development for the Glen Dimplex ‘Home’ and ‘Sound’ categories. This means I am working across both historic brands to deliver projects in diverse categories such as Garment Care, Small Kitchen Appliances, Breakfast and Coffee, Small Cooking Appliances; as well of course Sound.
The Roberts Play 10 had been in the range for over 10 years and needed a facelift. As well as bringing in the new Roberts Logo, the whole aesthetic needed improving to bring in a more minimal and tactile appearance – however crucially, without increasing the cost. The Play 11 has been a well received replacement with improvements in look, feel, sound and all without increasing the cost over the rather plasticky looking Play 10.
Hear an Airsound system and you immediately know that it plays stereo better than left/right speakers. If it’s so obvious in practice, why prove it? Actually, how do you prove it? It turns out to be a tricky one to capture objectively. Here is my experiment which compares the systems’ abilities at producing stereo.
Yes, you can buy a DAC for less than a round of drinks, but how do these super cheap audio devices perform when compared to professional equipment? In this test, I analyse the performance of a couple of devices bought from Amazon to try to answer if they are usable, and what for? Continue reading “Cheap vs Expensive Digital Analogue Converters (DAC)s – Are they any good?”
A 10-year retrospective
Here are some truths:
- In every product development, something unexpected happens
- No two product developments are the same
- There is no such thing as a fixed successful method of product development