Tube Amplifier by Case-Real for Elekit
Japanese designer Koichi Futatsumata, founder of Case-Real studio, has designed a vacuum tube amplifier for electronics manufacturer Elekit. Elekit traditionally manufacture affordable, high-end audio equipment in kit form. Fatsumata was commissioned to design an amplifier that would be sold ready-assembled to appeal to a younger generation. The prototype shown largely follows the established typology of tube amplifiers but the circuitry and mechanical parts that are usually left exposed to aid cooling are hidden inside the steel casing. Instead, the aluminium top from which the vacuum tubes protrude acts as a heat-sink to dissipate heat from the components.
All the controls have been integrated into two front-mounted aluminium dials. ELEKIT TUBE AMPLIFIERby Koichi Futatsumata / CASE-REAL. Design of a new generation vacuum tube amplifier for EK Japan Co., Ltd.(Fukuoka, Japan) who develops numerous electronic kits/ gadgets targeted at both children and adults. Traditionally, the types of assembly audio kits EK JAPAN has developed have been largely for audio or mechanical maniacs, for an affordable price, thereby serving their quality of life by way of spending time to assemble and then to enjoy the audio from what they have made. The direction of a project commissioned to us this time was completely different and was to design a compact, stylish vacuum tube audio consonant with the life style of young generations novice about vacuum tube but are naively interested in the charm and atmosphere created from/ via a vacuum tube amplifier.
The prototype, as shown in the photo, is an embodiment of the concept which symbolically gives an accent on vacuum tubes on the top, supported by aluminum dials on the front integrating all controls thereinto and by the sides made of cast steel. So that a vacuum tube light stands out, the mechanical structure and parts are kept inside and the top aluminum plate functions as a heat sink instead.The circuitry a hybrid configuration, and, on the right side is a mini- jack for portable music players like iPod.
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Speedcast strikes US$135M buyout of US-based infrastructure provider
Speedcast International has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based remote communications and multi-network infrastructure provider for US$135 million. The Australian-listed satellite telecommunications service provider told shareholders on 28 August the acquisition is set to strengthen Speedcast’s global competitive position in government, maritime and enterprise sectors. Speedcast will acquire the business from affiliates of HPS Investment Partners, LLC Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and certain other members of Globecomm. Globecomm Systems is present in 100 countries, and estimates US$15 million in annual cost synergies within 18 months after the acquisition. Specifically, the acquisition will be funded by a fully underwritten US$175 million add-onto Speedcast’s existing seven‐year senior secured credit facility from the US institutional term loan market, which will also be used to repay a portion of Speedcast’s revolving credit facility and thus enhance Speedcast’s liquidity position.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018, subject to the completion of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Ray Wholohan, Coordinator, Griffith Regional Art Gallery :: MGNSW
Another in our series of interviews with regional and public gallery directors. Ray Wholohan was trained on the job as Curatorial Assistant at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from 2004 until 2008 while studying Fine Arts. In 2008, Ray was awarded a Curatorial Mentorship from Museums & Galleries of NSW and was sent to the Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery & Arts Centre for an insightful two weeks. In 2009, Ray, like many others found himself wandering the country to establish a career and found himself in Victoria curating an exhibition for the Next Wave Festival and briefly working for the La Trobe Regional Art Gallery. Ray commenced work at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, working with the Memorial’s vast art collection.
In 2013, after relishing his time at the Australian War Memorial, Ray returned home to Wagga Wagga to undertake his PhD research into regional art galleries in the Riverina/Murray region. Ray and his young family now call Griffith home after Ray was appointed Regional Gallery Coordinator in January 2015. Ray works with a small but enthusiastic team in the heart of the fertile Riverina.