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The Cloak of Invisibility

One of the amazing things about loudspeakers is the incredible variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and finishes. For the audiophile or merely the person who has an interest in the technology itself, this a beautiful thing. There are other folks, though, for whom speakers are a necessary nuisance – at best considered an annoying piece of furniture that inevitably mucks up the ergonomics or décor-onomics (not a real word, but it gets the point across) of any room they’re located in. And that’s before accounting for the speaker cables and/or power cords running across the floor.

One solution is to use architectural speakers that are installed either in-wall or in-ceiling. This type of speaker not only offers the advantages of eliminating unwieldy or inconvenient boxes from the room, but it also gets rid of those ugly cables and wires that are so easy to trip over. It does not, however, eliminate the visual presence of speakers in the room, as nearly all architectural speakers utilize round, square, or rectangular perforated grilles. Sure, such grilles can usually be painted to match the color of the wall, but they remain a visible distraction from what might otherwise be a beautifully designed décor. Furthermore, if the room’s layout or wall/ceiling construction prevents installing the speakers in a symmetrical or similar eye-pleasing pattern, one or more of those grilles will stick out like a painted sore thumb.

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