If you're looking for good sound you can't see, then Adelaide speaker specialist VAF may have the answer for you with its new SoundWall and D-Sub 350 products.
VAF speakers are manufactured in Australia and sold from the company's retail store in Adelaide. If you're not in South Australia you can find them online at www.vaf.com.au.
How many speakers, and subwoofers, do you see in this picture?
A trick question, of course, as you can only see the two subs. But where are they?
The soundwall consists of three different panels: a speaker module that has a single driver with a concentric (centre-mounted) tweeter; an acoustic treatment module; and a bass module. The panels are screen printable and can be made to the customer's specifications. If you choose to, you could even use textile paint to do your own artwork. The panels are designed to be installed by a professional installer.
We've seen stereo home theatre racks before, like the Sony RHTG800, but we found the sound has been lacking. Instead of trying for an entire system, VAF has stripped it back and built a 4x10-inch subwoofer out of an equipment rack.
The D-Sub 350 is available in a range of finishes, including black ash and cherry, and is available individually (AU$1999) or as a twin pack (AU$2999) as seen in the image above. Based on the demo on a noisy show floor at this year's CEDIA, the set can really pump out some low-end energy!
Here you can see the underside of the D-Sub 350 and its four drivers. VAF says the sub is good down to 25Hz, but if the customer wants, the system can be tweaked to go even lower at the expense of some power.
On top of the subwoofer sits VAF's new high-end i90 cube system, which boasts identical drivers to the SoundWall. The speakers start at AU$999 each for a simple black or white finish. The speakers are designed to sit flat but can be mounted on stands made out of recycled PET bottles and sawdust.
The i90's are compact at 200x200x212mm, and can be available in whatever colour you choose.
Racing stripes FTW!