The purest form of design seamlessly blends form and function: For audio specialist Sennheiser, this philosophy is at the heart of designing exceptional products – four of which have now been awarded iF Labels for product design. At the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017, Sennheiser’s GSX 1000 and GSX 1200 PRO audio amplifiers for gaming and the audio specialist’s HD 2 and HD 4 headphone series received the prestigious iF Labels for design excellence.
The products were selected in the face of intense competition after impressing a 58-member international jury of independent experts. In 2017, over 5,500 entries were submitted from 59 countries in hopes of receiving the coveted iF Label seal of quality.
Sennheiser’s GSX 1000 and GSX 1200 PRO audio amplifiers for gaming and HD 2 and HD 4 headphone series received the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD for excellent product design.
“Sennheiser is commited to shaping the future of audio – a vision that drives our innovations in technology and that finds a literal expression in our commitment to design. We aim to create products that stand out for their exceptional aesthetics, build quality and responsiveness to the needs of the customer,” explained Oliver Berger, Head of Global Design Management at Sennheiser. “To receive four iF Labels is an incredible recognition of our continuous efforts to bring all these aspects together seamlessly.”
Designed in collaboration with Berlin’s STROSCHEIN DESIGN, the GSX 1000 and GSX 1200 PRO audio amplifiers are made for competitive gamers seeking to advance to the next level in audio performance. At their launch in August 2016, they introduced a groundbreaking, advanced 7.1 algorithm from Sennheiser that was developed specifically with the needs of gamers in mind. Thanks to Sennheiser’s new Binaural Rendering Engine, they create exceptionally immersive Surround Sound, with incredibly precise spatial awareness for the most thrilling immersive experience.
As well as the game-changing technology inside, every aspect of the new audio amplifiers’ physical design was created to reflect the needs of the fast-paced gaming experience and to ensure total focus on the game.
Angled for easy visibility when gaming by an integrated kickstand, the LED-lit displays of the GSX 1000 and GSX 1200 PRO take inspiration from the instrumentation on performance cars – giving fast immediate information and allowing players to rapidly adjust sound on the fly using durable physical controls. They feature red on black LED-lit touch panel displays surrounded by an aluminum volume wheel – an interface that ensures total focus on the gaming experience and split-second adjustments to gaming and communication sound. The display even dims down when not in use to reduce distractions and brightens the instant it senses your hand is near.
“As eSports becomes more competitive, the GSX series reflects Sennheiser’s full expertise in professional audio, ergonomics and design to give gamers a competitive edge when playing at the limit,” said Oliver Berger. “It is a real honor to receive the iF Label for the GSX 1000 and GSX 1200 PRO as it reflects the fundamental importance that design and ergonomics have to commited gamers.”
Sennheiser’s two new ranges of portable headphones, the on-ear HD 2 models and the around-ear HD 4 series, were also awarded iF Labels in the product design category. Created in collaboration with Nextofkin Creatives, a Singapore-based design agency, the two ranges bring a blend of clean, minimalist design and exacting build quality to products designed for everyday listening.
Both ranges offer great comfort and portability. The headphones feature strong yet lightweight materials and foldable headbands, while their closed design and extra soft earpads help insulate the listener from background noise for enjoying music on the go. In addition to three wired variants, the HD 4 series also comprises the Bluetooth models HD 4.50BTNC and HD 4.40BT which combine high-quality Sennheiser sound and a robust design with the freedom of wireless listening.
“We are particularly excited to have received the iF Label for the HD 2 and HD 4 ranges, as they introduced a fresh new design identity as well as enhancements in sound and build quality over previous generations,” said Oliver Berger.
About the iF DESIGN AWARD
Over a 60-year history, the iF DESIGN AWARD, organized by Germany’s oldest independent design organization, the Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, has been known as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is recognized worldwide for outstanding design services, and the annual iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concepts. All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, in the iF design app and are displayed at the iF design exhibition Hamburg.
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