Music and home theater are increasingly part of contemporary lifestyles.
Until now, the visually pleasing architectural integration of sound into our home environments
has meant accepting serious sonic compromises.
Placing a loudspeaker on the wall, for example, creates back reflections that destroy the time
domain purity and timbral accuracy of the signal. Soundstage cues are lost and the frequency
response is skewed.
If the loudspeaker is mounted in custom cabinets or sits on a bookshelf, diffraction comes into
play. Early reflections from the adjacent surfaces compromise high frequencies, again wreaking
havoc in the time domain and introducing grain and hash. Once again, the soundstage collapses
into a flat, two dimensional image.