The km5 CP1 Invites a Nostalgic Return to Displaying Album Art
One of the design objects I most regret giving away years ago was the original MUJI CD Player designed by Naoto Fukasawa. Its sparse simplicity in form and function (tug the wall-mounted power cord to play/stop) still resonates as the epitome of minimalism done thoughtfully right. Sure, the sound was tinny and more suited for creating aural ambiance rather than an immersive experience, but Fukasawa’s design has only earned more appreciation with time (the heart does grow fonder with absence).
One could make the argument its progeny is the similarly simple, yet intriguing km-5 Instant Disk Audio-CP1.
Even though the CP1 CD player shares a similar shape, size, and offers the option to be wall mounted likes its predecessor, unlike the bare bones MUJI CD player and its mono speaker, the CP1 is equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and is meant to be paired with wireless headphones or connected to larger wireless speakers for a more sonically fulfilling experience.
In this sense km-5’s CD player is more like a Sony Discman of yore: a portable player equipped with a lithium-ion battery (powered by USB-C) intended to bring music wherever desired.
An optional wall mount (which in our opinion should be included with the $149 player rather than require an additional cost of $8+) invites one additional feature that does align with the aforementioned MUJI’s artful display. The CP1’s dimensions are intentionally made to frame CD cover booklets within the visual context of instant film dimensions, allowing the listener to proudly display their CD album art like miniature art pieces.
To purchase, visit km5.co.jp.