Sony BDV-IT1000ES Bravia Theater System
This audio rig replaces giant speakers with thin bars you can hang on the wall. Using a new design, it generates full sound from 22-inch-long sticks measuring about half an inch wide by one inch deep. Traditional speakers create sound by vibrating a bulbous cone that is attached to a large electromagnet. Sony engineers replaced the big cone with a narrow, oval-shaped diaphragm. To make it vibrate, they ditched the thick iron post in standard electromagnets and instead attached a copper coil to the side of a thin metal plate. A Blu-ray-equipped receiver drives the front speakers, a center channel and (via a wireless link) two rear speaker sticks, plus a subwoofer. $2,000; sonystyle.com
Very nice,looks great & coming up with new ways to make big sound out of little components, What about the as always big bulky sub-woofer? They come up with ways to make the mid and highs less noticable or to not be such an eye sore, but than you got to hide the big woofer.Is there not a way to to get that punching,rumbling bass without the big speaker?
Hey 2DCore, a big ol' cone is still the best way to produce thundering bass, although there is a smaller alternative in this very same issue of PopSci -- the Acoustic Research FPS 10 woofer, only 4 1/2 inches thick. There is also the Buttkicker, with is an LFO that you attach to your couch leg so you can feel the bass without hearing it. Never used one but I've heard good things.
Sony bravia systems are wonderful pieces of equipment, I own one myself and I'm very satisfied. The features and the clarity of sound are outstanding, although home theater systems in a box are not the best way to go. Marty from http://www.home-theatre-systems.net/