Shape of things to come
Now you can have a speaker that suits your look with good sound
THERE is a sa ying link ed t o the fir st massproduced v ehicle, the M odel T Ford. It has been said of the car , that you could have any colour you wanted, so long as it w as black.
While this was not true of the car — other colours were available — it could well have applied t o the c olour choice of speak ers o ver the y ears. T he black boxes had a way of clashing with everything in the r oom.
Gratefully, with the ad vent of the portable speaker dock, the use of novel shapes has helped manuf acturers at tract a new generation of buyers to their brands.
As the popularity of leifstyle products grow, r egular speakers ar e also t aking to a mor e per sonalised look. V arious colours and shape s allo w a wider appeal. T his means the childr en of the grand old black speak er box ha ve become cute enough to be allowed to stay inside the house. W hile gr anddad’s speaker may have long ago been relegated to the garage or store room, the offspring can be oundf in all sorts of prominent plac es. P olished c ounter t ops, alongside slender HD TV scr eens and sleek floating shelves, are the new playgrounds f or them t o sho w off their young mould and beautiful look s.
The size, or more accurately the volumetric space of the enclosure that houses a loudspeaker, is still of importance to the overall sound.The smaller the enclosure, the le ss low bass is pr oduced. If the enclosur e material is fle xible, it will vibrate and add a distortion of the original sound fr om the loudspeak er.
The ph ysics ha ve pushed manuf acturers to develop bass loudspeakers that are able to work well in small enclosures. Careful moulding of plastics with internal br acing has allo wed the se light weight mat erials t o be used with decreasing sound dis tortion. All of that means if round, oval, tubular or a combination of shapes appeals to you, there is now likely a speak er that suit s your look with g ood sound.
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You c an tr eat your subwoofer (above) t o a tailored jack et (left) t o compliment the r oom’s colour s cheme and dec or.