Living with Sound
Samsung VL3, VL5 Design Story
Instead of owning music, Millennials enjoy their tunes as a way of everyday life.
They are not confined to a particular time or space when listening to music,
and pursue a life that always flows with their favorite melodies in the background.
What kind of audio would be most appropriate for this generation?
The VL Audio Series proposes a new direction for audio design that incorporates
the lifestyles of the Millennial generation.
With the increased preference for open spaces, the method of listening to music has changed as well.
Once limited to a single space, music now permeates through our entire living spaces, and the various
experiences of sound in our everyday lives have become richer than ever before. As a result, audio
quality has never been more important, and the old fashioned expectation of where an audio device
should be placed has become obsolete.
The Samsung VL Audio Series grants users the possibility of relishing their preferred sound and music
in any space. With its simple exterior that naturally blends into any space or environment, the VL Audio
Series stays true to capturing ‘great sound quality,’ which is the essence of an audio.
Simple Exterior Form that
Focuses on the Essence of Sound
Sound is created when magnets in an audio move the vibration plates
with magnetic force. In order for vibration plates to move, there must
be spare space in between that consequently determines the thickness
of an audio’s exterior. The VL Audio Series has a slimmer magnet and
vibration plate to showcase a more slender design, at the same time
securing great sound quality through Anti-distortion technology*.
On top of that, sound control elements have been simplified and
unnecessary exterior decorations have been eliminated so that users
can wholly focus on the primary and essential function of ‘sound’. *Anti-distortion technology: Technological implementation that prevents
sound distortions or static noises.
Providing Ease of Installation
The posterior side of the VL Audio series has been designed to minimize leftover
space so that it can be hung Right close to the wall. The cable length has also been
extended to 4 meters from the previous 1.5~2 meter length in order for users
to freely install the audio without feeling hindered by the location of the outlet.
Design that Permeates
The cables of electric devices often become a cause
for distraction in an environment. Both the audio device
itself and the cables of the VL Audio Series comfortably
blend into the space of users. The soft fabric cables
that come in a mixture of white and light-gray can
harmonize with any interior regardless of where it is
placed, whether it is on the wall or on the floor.
Control Your Product
with the Jog Dial
The Jog Dial, which has been designed for those
who enjoy using analog audios, acts as a remote
that controls the audio in close proximity or
in far distance from the device. The Jog Dial
inherits the simple and slim design of the audio’s
exterior body, and fits in anywhere it is placed
while maintaining the look and feel of the audio.
Since the dial itself has magnetic properties,
users can place the Jog Dial on any magnetic
surface to their liking for comfortable use.
Space and Sound
The UX design of the VL Audio Series allows users to easily control the audio in environments
that limit communication methods. The clear-cut control interface that utilizes light, sound, and
touch introduces a way for users to act as a conductor of both music and the space it occupies.
LED Colors that
A product should immediately respond to the commands of its user. The VL Audio Series can communicate
the status of the audio to its users through the RGB colored LED lights that are emitted through the display.
When either the audio device of the Jog Dial requires independent attention, such as requiring a battery
recharge, the notifications will come in individual colors. However for notifications related to the interaction
of the audio and the dial, a single color will be on display to prevent any confusion on the user’s end.
Simple Features and
Most audio users tend to only use a selected few functions
of the device rather than using a wide array of functions.
Being mindful of this user analysis research, the VL Audio
Series features just the selected few major functions
of an audio, which are the play, pause, and skip functions.
This simplified group of functions is easily accessible
through the Jog Dial or on the metallic control panel
located on the top of the product.
A Dial that Response to
Touch and Sound
The Jog Dial is outfitted with just four functions that
are essential to users. A user’s intuitive interaction
with a device, such as pressing a button or turning
the dial, is paired with straightforward functions that
give users quick accessibility to their desired functions.
The Jog Dial also has voice recognition capability
through its embedded mic that users can speak into
and interact with the device through voice commands.
The VL Audio Series can connect to other smart devices,
and with the Jog Dial, users can adjust volume or skip
to the next track even while the audio is paired
with a smartphone.
- Play / Pause
- Volume Up / Down
- Double Click
- Long Press
- Voice Interaction
Sound may be invisible, but it takes on many appearances
and spreads through every direction. The VL Audio Series
showcases a concise design, function, and interaction that are
unhindered by unnecessary clutter or waste. This design is
the culmination of Samsung’s desire to fill our users’ spaces
with only the pure richness of great sound.