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

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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:
ClearView Audio's patented Edge Motion audio systems use a differentiating mechanical principal to generate sound. Instead of pushing from behind, like a traditional cone speaker does, Edge Motion-driven speakers actuate a thin membrane along the side in a manner that creates an extremely efficient, piston-like motion in front. The resultant speaker system is thin and lightweight with the ability to produce a rich, full sound across the audio range.
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
 

fhall1

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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.
 

jayducharme

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I wonder what the low end would be like.
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.
 

powerstrokin

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

jayducharme

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I wonder if the same technology can be used to make the glass on an iPhone the speaker?
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.
 
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Deedlez

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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...
 

kenzbud

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I wonder if this is a similar technology to Martin Logan's electrostatic speakers?
 

Hene

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I wonder if this is a similar technology to Martin Logan's electrostatic speakers?
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.
 

illicit2k1

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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.
 

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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.
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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