As the world’s most experienced design professionals understand, it’s often the smallest discoveries that make for the most joyous and memorable experiences. Which is why the team at Peninsula London – a five-star flagship hotel development in London’s Belgravia – has selected as many as 496 Sonance invisible speakers for high-quality audio in bedrooms and communal areas. Concealed behind a thin layer of plaster, Sonance invisible speakers create the magical effect of music and speech having no obvious source.
The idea of invisible speakers is nothing new, but the design has hitherto suffered from muffled sound and poor intelligibility. However, a technological breakthrough from America’s leading architectural speaker maker has found a way to deliver the fidelity of a high-quality traditional speaker, from a completely invisible one. It’s taken two years of dedicated research and measurement to develop the new ‘Motion Flex’ invisible models.
Within conventional designs, there’s nothing to stop waves from the mid driver interfering with those from the bass driver on the same radiating diaphragm. For the Motion Flex models, Sonance has found a way to isolate these discrete wave patterns from each other, delivering significantly lower levels of distortion and colouration, and a new performance benchmark for invisible speaker design.
When clients associate sound with speakers, the magic of seemingly source-free full-range audio is another way for hotels, restaurants, galleries and other commercial spaces to showcase the exclusivity of their designed experiences.