CES 2014: ClearView Audio Shows Off 'Clio' Clear Glass Wireless Speaker

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    ClearView Audio showed off its Clio Bluetooth wireless speaker at CES 2014, which boasts a unique "invisible" design consisting of an ultra-thin, curved acrylic glass transducer. The speaker's design allows for it to output sound in multiple directions, with volume up/down, mute, and Bluetooth buttons on its side.

    ClearView Audio is also touting its patented "Edge Motion" audio system in the speaker, which pushes sound through the side of the device instead of the rear like traditional cone speakers:
    The Clio is available for pre-order at $349 from Clearview Audio's website, and is expected to ship in late March.

    Article Link: CES 2014: ClearView Audio Shows Off 'Clio' Clear Glass Wireless Speaker
  2. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 9, 2011
    southerner trapped 'up north' (UK)
    Very sleek and sexy - wonder what the sound would be like?

    I wonder if this would allow for remote access, i.e. using an app on my iPhone during workout/chillouts?

    Think this would look excellent with my mac pro setup! :D
  3. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    All that work into making the "invisible" design and the base still looks bad. I really hope it gets a touch up before it ships.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Dec 18, 2007
    NY State of mind
    To heck with wireless Bluetooth.....I'd love a pair even if they're wired to be the front side channels (maybe a third for center channel) for my HT. Since I haven't researched - maybe they already exist....I'm sure someone here will point that out if they do.
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
  7. macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
    Don't expect much, unless that base unit has a cone driver for the low end
  8. macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2003
    London / Stockholm / Under your bed
    Another wireless speaker without AirPlay... sigh...
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    They're claiming "full range" but with flat panel speakers like these the bass is usually subdued. Apparently, the speaker produces 2.1 stereo sound from a single unit. That itself is impressive. And the sound is supposedly "room filling". I'd want to hear one before I'd consider buying it.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    The kids these days think that the iPhone speaker is adequate and YouTube is the best way to listen to music. (Bandwidth management be damned, but I digress.)

    I'm sure it has a place but if I'm going to spend a bunch of money for a small radio, I'm going to buy a Tripath amp and a decent set of small speakers. Much less money and better sound I'm sure.

    To each his/her own, I suppose.
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    I'm not electronics expert, but this is clearly witchcraft :p
  12. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    with all that glass just sitting there, I am surprised that they did not put some LEDs to create a light show to go with the sound :D

    This is interesting and you could see how this could eventually end up on a screen -- using the screen itself as a very large speaker -- TV, Phone, Tablet, or computer screen. My guess is that this is just a start and the technology can be developed further and in positive ways.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I wonder if the same technology can be used to make the glass on an iPhone the speaker?
  14. jayducharme, Jan 7, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    It's possible. But every time you touched the screen, it would alter the vibrations and muffle the sound.

    EDIT: Evidently, it's already been tried. From Clio's site: "2006 -- Emo Labs creates an LCD display with an invisible speaker system."

    I can see this being used in monitors or TVs, though. The current speakers on those are usually pathetic.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    I'm not sure why you think the base looks bad. It looks innocuous, which I think is the idea.
  16. macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    It's sort of like the Bose Sounddock speaker system, except the big grille bit is now glass. Looks nice; I think my Mrs would approve of it as it's unobtrusive.

    But it would definitely need a listen - can't see how the glass panel could have a decent dynamic range. Particularly for the price...
  17. macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2005
    I wonder if this is a similar technology to Martin Logan's electrostatic speakers?
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2014
    I think it's exactly the same. I have a pair of ML's with electrostatic membrane and the listening area is very narrow. You have focus the speaker very precisely.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    looks like a sound bar with a piece of glass attached to it. cool technology but don't call it "invisible". a standard sound bar is more "invisible" than this thing.
  20. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    finally heading in the right direction. Can't wait for my first clear iPhone?
  21. macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Oh man don't get me started. I have a $2500 headphone setup on my desk and my friend who claims he's an audiophile tried it out by listening to YouTube music. Much sadness...

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