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STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
Top 5 Technologies
Trend #3
New Technologies Tackle
Invisible Sound
Latest transducers can be used to
generate invisible sound just about
anywhere in a home or resimercial
application, while new era of unique
speakers adds enticing ways to
conceal audio. By Robert Archer
TRANSDUCER TECHNOLOGIES have been around
for decades, and the concept of invisible sound
installed into homes has been around since the inception of
the earliest transducer and loudspeaker products. Outside
the home, transducers have been employed in the military
and other commercial industries such as medical, as well as
solutions for theme park entertainment, and professional
audio reproduction.
Today with a variety of transducer products available from
a growing list of manufacturers, integrators can design create
invisible audio and complete audio systems into a variety of
applications such as whole-house audio, home theater and
even " butt shaker " gaming and home entertainment.
More recently, companies are also developing speaker
products to offer dealers more choices beyond transducers
to integrate audio into spaces that are not desirable for
traditional speakers.
Possibilities Limitless with Transducers,
New-Age Designs
Because transducers apply to a wide variety of audio applications,
companies such as MSE Audio's SolidDrive brand offer
professional integrators seven models designed for sound
masking and its " Original SolidDrive " product line.
The MSE brand says that dealers can use its Original
SolidDrive line of products to transform rigid and semi-rigid
surfaces, including drywall, glass and wood to serve as audio
sources. Using transducer products like the SolidDrive products
enables integrators to transform acoustic energy into
just about any surface to create large sound fields.
Clark Synthesis, a manufacturer of transducer products,
defines tactile transducers as, " electromechanical devices
designed to drive large surfaces, such as seats and floors.
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(left) Harman's JBL brand recently introduced its Conceal
line to provide an aesthetically friendly and flexible loudspeaker
range. (right) Clark Synthesis offers transducers
that aid installers in many commercial markets as well as
all-weather and under-water applications.
These are powerful devices, intentionally installed and
calibrated to subtly add the tactile sense that is missing
from music and movie soundtracks. The result is nothing
short of engrossing. Anyone who has experienced tactile
sound will tell you that it adds another dimension to home
entertainment. "
Clark Synthesis' product line includes an all-weather transducer;
the Diluvio under-water transducer, a thumper for the
pro musician market, as well as its entry level, silver, gold and
platinum level transducers. The Diluvio Underwater Loudspeaker
was developed to deliver audio to pools, to allow
swimmers to enjoy sound while swimming.
The All-Weather Transducer is designed in invisible
installation into environments such as boats, hot spas, hot
tubs and outdoor decks. Clark Synthesis points out that
in these environments the transducer is typically installed
onto fiberglass surfaces. Once installed onto a surface, the
All-Weather Transducer is capable of producing a frequency
response of 10Hz to 17Hz when paired with an amplifier that
is stable at 4 ohms.
Complete Concealment Options Assist Installers
Taking a different approach to hidden sound, architectural
speaker specialist Sonance offers its Invisible Series. Sonance
explains this product line utilizes its Motion Flex technology
that features the company's Wave Flex Drive Unit, along
with its Air Flex Woofer, and Acoustically Isolated Baffle
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