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Interview With TARDIS Speaker Designer Karl Grimsey
By James W, Tuesday 4th November 2014
Karl GrimseyLast year, WhoSounds released their acclaimed TARDIS Speaker system, the world’s first ever TARDIS shaped speaker which produces amazing sound from an exact model of the Doctor’s time travelling machine.

With Horror Channel showing re-mastered Doctor Who adventures we decided to speak to one of the directors of WhoSounds, Karl Grimsey about this cracking piece of premium kit and how he got started in the speaker business.

To try and win a TARDIS Speaker click here and for more information about the speaker itself click here.

HC: How did you get started in the speaker business?

KG: By Accident! I had just launched the GPS camera location device for Cyclops and went to China’s Canton Fair to have a look around. Whilst there I saw that iPhone docking station speakers were popular. I teamed up with a factory owner and we made the iPig and iFootball – the rest is history!

HC: Are you a fan of Doctor Who and if so who is your favourite classic Doctor?

KG: I grew up on Doctor Who, Tom Baker was my favourite as a child but from the latest incarnations, Peter Capaldi is growing on me, I think he will become the most popular of all time.

HC: Where did the idea for the TARDIS Speaker come from?

KG: BBC asked me to make it so I set about making sure we made it to exact scale and detail. It is important to the Doctor Who fans that we make a real version with great quality and sound.

HC: Did it take long to design?

KG: From start to prototype it took 6 months. To make the 3D version of the outside was quite simple but the interior had to fit speakers and tweeters and still allow the air to flow freely – believe it or not this version is not bigger on the inside!

HC: What problems did its iconic shape create?

KG: Making sure we made everything to scale down to the door lock was time consuming, the shape is tall rather than wide so making sure the subwoofer and tweeters were allowed to breath and get surround sound out of the TARDIS windows meant for creative thinking.

HC: It’s a premium product, what do you think its best feature is?

KG: The landing sound when pairing is so cool – it still sends a shiver down my back each time it pairs up with a device.

HC: What do you listen to on your TARDIS Speaker?

KG: I have one on the office and have it set so that I can listen to the Radio all day whilst working on new products.

HC: So what are you working on at the moment?

KG: A few surprises that I think you all will like.

HC: Karl Grimsey, thank you very much


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