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At Ideaworks we thrive on opportunities to create bespoke products for our Clients; this time we thought we would create one for ourselves. Herd, a custom built JBL speaker, is a testament to the diverse craftsmen we regularly work with. A collaboration of ideas, skills and materials expertly blended to create a truly unique speaker.

“Most of our Clients want their speakers to be invisible, however, occasionally we get a request for something really special” says Kevin Andrews, Founder of Ideaworks. “We have conducted numerous blind listening tests with Clients and the JBL M2 comes out top every time; it has become our favourite speaker too” adds Kevin.

After many years of collaborative working with Harman, Ideaworks were permitted to custom engineer M2’s waveguides for a Client; firstly with a polished 10 micron 24 carat gold finish. “It challenged us,” says Kevin “it also got us thinking about how else we could make these incredible speakers even more unique.”

The appeal of the M2 speakers is that they sound very natural, we decided to mimic this by creating a bespoke finish that was natural and organic. As JBL is a quintessentially US brand, it made perfect sense to wrap them in cowhide.

Come see Herd at ISE in Amsterdam between the 7th-10th February (JBL Professional’s Booth 1-F6).


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Chris Jones
Managing Director at Ideaworks
Since joining Ideaworks from university in 1999, Chris has been involved with the design and delivery of connected technologies within high end homes around the world. Over the past decade, he has played an integral role in shaping the company as well as leading major projects.
Chris has held various positions during his career at Ideaworks which are indicative of his diverse skillset. Product Designer, Project Manager, Quality Manager, Operation Director…to name a few. He is passionate about simplifying the complicated and refining processes to better serve clients. Chris is happiest when he knows his team are happy. He remains committed to creating a positive working environment where everyone can achieve their potential.

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