Best Surround Sound Systems Speakers Design for Modern Living Room
With some loudspeaker manufacturers recognising the changing tastes of interior design-conscious homeowners, modern speaker designs and home theater are elegant and beautiful, evolving into living room showpieces rather than household eyesores.
When Martin Logan, the world’s leader in electrostatic speakers, first released its Monolith speaker in 1983, the world’s audiophileswere astounded by the acoustic clarity and performance; however, their wives were horrified at the 1 .83-metre-tall frame they were presented in.
Loudspeaker manufacturers were, and still are.always faced with a battle between the visual and the audible. Today, the developments in loudspeaker technology and acoustic engineering have made it possible for manufacturers to bring that balance even closer.
The current ranges of beautiful, great-sounding loudspeakers that are on the market are creditable to the advancements in material engineering and manufacturing techniques. Such is the trend that some loudspeaker companies are consulting with modern design artists and interior decorators to help them create a product that will not only appeal to the audiophiles of the world, but their partners too.
MARTIN LOGAN MONTIS SPEAKERS
When most people see electrostatic speakers for the first time, they say, So … how does it work?” Without wanting to get too technical, conventional speaker driver designs rely on a cone-shaped lightweight diaphragm connected to a coil of wire, surrounded by a magnet. When a current is run through the wire, it creates its own magnetic field which interacts with the surrounding magnet’s field to move the diaphragm backwards and forwards (just remember those magnetic toy cars we used to play with). If the diaphragm moves back and forth quickly, this produces sound.
Fine-tune the movement of the diaphragm a bit, and you get music.Electrostatic panels work on a similar theory, except in their case the moving diaphragm is an ultra-light charged plastic film. Instead of a heavy magnet, thin-charged plates are used to move the plastic film.
The advantage of this design is it produces a more precise sound and better frequency response than conventional drivers. The major disadvantage is that such panels can lack bass performance. To combat this, MartinLogan has paired the electrostatic panel with a conventional subwoofer and encased it in an elegant cabinet.
Visually, MartinLogan electrostatic speakers are less imposing than conventional speakers. Their general design makes them very wife-friendly; the panels are almost see-through and MartinLogan has put a great deal of effort into ensuring the subwoofer enclosure on the bottom of the loudspeaker is finished beautifully in a range of wood veneers.
The Montis is their first speaker to feature the finish they are calling Thand-rubbed high-gloss black cherrywood an elegant glossy finish that changes to reflect the surrounding light ambience: in a well-lit room, the cabinet appears as a deep cherry; in low light, it appears almost black. It’s truly one of the most beautiful finishes ever to grace the market.
MartinLogan speakers perform at a much higher level than their price might suggest. The electrostatic design reproduces music and movies with astonishing clarity while the curvilinear design creates a focused sound, eliminating undesirable wall and ceiling reflections. MartinLogan speakers are the ideal choice for homeowners with limited floor space or rooms with tiles and glass panels, not just in terms of acoustics, but aesthetically too. The Montis is available in a range of custom finishes.
KEF BLADE SPEAKERS
First unveiled at the Munich High End Hi-Fi show in 2009. the Blade actually started its life as the Concept Blade. It was constructed from carbon fibre and featured the best technology KEF could offer. The loudspeaker was so expensive, so unique, that KEF said it would never put it into production.
However, the public were not satisfied with a mere glimpse at such a revolutionary loudspeaker and demanded more. Thus, KEF’s brilliant engineers spent the next two years refining and honing the Concept Blade, releasing it into the worldwide market in 2011.
Even before one has heard the Blade, the elegant, slim proportions of the loudspeaker are breathtaking. Continuous contours carve out seamless strokes along and around the Blade, tapering gracefully from top to bottom.
Your eyes are inevitably drawn to the lustrous tweeter driver, the intriguing concave silver cone that KEF has trademarked the tangerine Even the speaker terminals are something of beauty — sparkling metallic posts that remind you that while the Blade is a sculpture in its own right, it is a brilliant specimen of elegant form meeting acoustic function. The KEF Blade is available in a wide variety of colours including Diamond High Gloss Black and Ferrari Red.