Since the dawn of the speaker, people have been trying to hide them. Some folks simply won’t stand for speakers (weird, right?) within view, but want to hear music anyway. Revolution Acoustics aims to solve this conundrum with its so-called Multiducer technology, which promises to turn nearly any surface into a speaker. Problem is, we’ve been down this road before, and it’s always been a dead end.
Over the past few years, we’ve gotten our hands on a variety of devices that made similar promises. From tiny transducers you tape to a movie poster, to commercial-grade bass shakers, we’ve seen ’em all, and were disappointed every time. So when Revolution Acoustics approached us with its creation — a “revolutionary” new kind of transducer-based system that could turn any surface into a “hi-fi” system — we were skeptical to say the least. But the company swore up and down its product could do what no other had before: deliver midrange and treble clarity that made music sound like … well, music. Reluctantly, we accepted a demo kit. And we’ve been having a riot ever since.
The company’s claims aren’t totally on-base — to describe the sound you get from this system as “hi-fi” is both inaccurate and misleading. That there is no other product like it out there, however, is a completely fair assertion. Revolution Acoustics delivers on its promise to deliver something revolutionary. Custom installers everywhere are going to love pitching, selling and installing this system, if for no other reason, the looks on the faces of their customers when music seemingly comes from everywhere at once, with no physical evidence giving away how it’s done.
Don’t expect miracles with this system; it’s no substitute for the real thing when high-quality sound is your goal. But if you want to serve up invisible audio, Revolution Acoustics’ solution appears to be the best one out there.