Yamaha Design “Synapses” S2000 series
Continuing our legacy of natural sound, this high fidelity audio system offers faithful sound reproduction.
The NP-S2000 (released in 2010) is an advanced network audio player with a natural material finish. Intended to harmonize with the design of other products in the S2000 series, the layout of the NP-S2000 emphasizes space, with the shape of the knobs expressing their functions.
The embodiment of Yamaha's philosophy for HiFi audio; "Hi Fidelity=natural sound." This is captured in a ubiquitous design that stays true to its core values without being swayed by passing fads.
The minimal controls are laid out asymmetrically on the panel, making good use of the space between them to achieve an air of quiet tension. This design has inherited the DNA of Yamaha Hi fi design while also bringing new elements of refinement into play.
The switch-type levels on the control panel have slightly tapered tips, while the larger knobs feature a reverse taper to a slightly wider end. The controls all offer a large contact surface with a pleasant, mildly adhesive texture.
The subtle hairline finish of the panel and natural birch side panels give this product line an air of quality. This mix of materials gives the product superb resistance to vibration, and helps to improve its sound.
- Kenshiro Tanaka
- Design Holon Inc.