Go retro with this HTC One amplifier

The Gramohorn II for HTC One. (HTC/Justin Wolter)

The Gramohorn II for HTC One. (HTC/Justin Wolter)

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The Gramohorn II is the first natural, electronics-free amplifier ever built for an Android device. Created by British designer Justin Wolter, it works exclusively with the HTC One, One Mini or One Max and can naturally boost the volume of music playback by 50% while giving your home a decidedly steampunk look.

And as well as overall amplification, the Gramohorn II's shape means that bass frequencies also get a much needed boost -- a necessity for all smartphone handsets with built-in speakers. There are no cables to connect, no drivers to download, the device simply improves on the sound the phone already produces through its built-in sound system.

Commissioned by HTC UK as part of its "Here's to creativity" campaign -- which supports young artists in the UK -- the Gramohorn II is so called because it's the second that Wolter has created. The first was built exclusively for the iPhone.

But, as the HTC One is often described as the iPhone of the Android world, it seems rather fitting that it's the first device of its kind to get Wolter's artistic attention.

The Gramohorn II is built to order from plaster resin -- thanks to 3D printing techniques -- and can be hand-painted in any colour, priced at £999 ($1,673). Or for those that want something a bit more exclusive, Wolter is offering a limited edition, individually-numbered stainless steel version for £4,999 ($8,372).

Wolter also promises that to ensure exclusivity of both the resin and stainless steel versions, that all 3D modelling and printing files will be destroyed after the limited production run is complete, just like artists used to destroy plates once a run of prints was complete.


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