My wonderful Klipsch speakers blew out yesterday and although I wasn’t searching for a new pair I came across these bad boys on the Popular Mechanics site. I don’t know about the sound quality, but for a home theater system these would really kick some ass.
When they say flat, they really do mean flat, but of course flat does not come without its downfalls.
Because the radiation of sound waves from an NXT panel is so diffuse, the speakers don’t create a sweet spot–that perfect listening position between the speakers where imaging and sound stage are defined in the conventional speaker world. For that reason, flat-panel speakers will probably never make it in audiophile circles. But there are plenty of applications where the diffuse soundfield makes sense, both in and outside of the home. Since there’s no beaming of sound from a single point source, you can easily walk around a room where flat-panel speakers are playing and not hear a variation in volume or timbre. That could play well in multiroom audio and home theater systems, and the possibilities in large public spaces are endless. Imagine a ceiling-tile speaker that could cover a much broader area and deliver much better intelligibility than a conventional speaker.
Okay so maybe I won’t install them for a home theater in the living room, but for a bedroom set there is nothing wrong with having imperfect sound. In the living room though I need that bass-thumping, theater-quality sound that my neighbors enjoy so much.