Despite looking like a single sheet of glass, ClearView claims the Clio can provide a true stereo image. Don't expect too much, though, as device itself is only a little over a foot long. Because of the way the Clio's speaker works, it also produces nearly as much sound from behind as it does from the front.
The acrylic driver doesn't do all the work. There's also a 2-inch woofer in the bottom that handles the low-end. (The stickers on the bottom are only there because this isn't a final sample; they won't be on shipping units.)
I had a chance to listen to the Clio for a few minutes during my briefing. I came in with low expectations based on the design, but the Clio certainly sounded better than I thought it would. On the other hand, it's tough to say more than that, since it was a controlled demo without any comparisons.
ClearView Audio is currently accepting preorders for the Clio and expects to start shipping units at the end of April. The big sticking point for many may be the price, at $349. That makes the Clio even more expensive than other excellent premium Bluetooth speakers, like the Sony SRS-BTX500 and Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker III.