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d&b D80 amp scoops Red Dot design award

The amplifier, which will now be featured in a permanent museum exhibition, was recognised for its user-friendliness by a jury of 40.

The Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia, in Essen, Germany, has bestowed a Red Dot Design Award for product design on d&b audiotechnik’s flagship D80 amplifier.

According to the 40-strong jury, the D80 – a four-channel amp with colour touchscreen (detail pictured) and integrated digital signal processing – was recognised for its user-friendliness. “All functions can easily be set via the touchscreen and the rotary knob,” explained a Red Dot juror.

“From the very first concept board, the d&b development team had extraordinary partners at their side: BTism Mediendesign in Cologne, and Botta-Design from Taunusstein, west of Frankfurt,” says a statement from d&b.

“Drawing on their partners’ input and the results of their own research, the d&b design team – Christoph Kluck, responsible for software; Fritz W. Wurster, responsible for design; and Claus Renftle, responsible for electronics – ensured every single detail was just the way it should be.”

An exhibition of award winners (other categories are best design concept and communication design) opened on 7 July as part of the traditional Red Dot Gala in the Red Dot Design Museum, Essen. The award-winning D80 will be on display to the general public for four weeks before it moves to the permanent exhibition at the museum.

The Red Dot Product Design Awards were founded in 1954, and in 2014 saw over 400 experts evaluate 4,815 submissions from 53 countries. Previous winners include Harman, Bose and Yamaha – the latter for its foray into hybrid audio/lighting with its LSX-700.