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What Does ‘Invisible’ Sound Like?

February 7, 2011 By Mark Elson - Senior Editor

Invisible speakers have been around for a while. Although the new generation has far surpassed the original, the design principle and labor-intensive installation remain the same - a rectangular sandwich panel is mounted between wood frame studs and ‘mudded' into walls or ceilings. The speakers can be installed prior to the dry-wall phase during new construction or cut into existing walls. After the speaker is painted over during the wall finish stage, it cannot be detected. But you and your installer must remember where they are located, otherwise you might end up nailing a framed photo onto the surface!


The better invisible speakers offer larger panels, an expanded sound with a wider soundfield and greater front-to-back depth. We'd offer you a picture of an invisible speaker, but you wouldn't be able to see it. So you'll have to use your imagination. And remember, you have to really want invisible speakers - did we merntion multi-phase labor-intensive installation?

The photos included here are from Katsuya Restaurant located in Brentwood, CA. The requirement for invisibility was by architect, Phillippe Starck. The AV system design was performed by yours truly (a project of high-end custom installer Sound Solutions, inc.).

Read the "Home of the Future" case study included here to explore the sound of invisible:


To learn more about a various brands if invisible speakers, click here:  and here:
Photos courtesy of Mark Elson 


Katsuya Restaurant invisible speakers 

 Katsuya restaurant invisible speakers








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