September 12, 2008 by Lisa Montgomery
The shape of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers has shifted from traditional round and rectangular forms to the perfect square. Make no mistake: round and rectangular speakers are still a popular choice and look great in any room; square simply affords trend-setting homeowners another stylish alternative.
“Architects and interior designers were starting to ask for square speakers,” says Buzz Delano, sales director at Sonance, a leading manufacturer of built-in speakers. The company offers several square models in two of its most popular lines: Visual Performance and Architectural Series. “The square speakers look particularly good in contemporary or craftsman-style homes,” adds Delano.
Square isn’t the only fashion-forward statement Sonance is making, though. The company has broadened its Architectural Series speaker line with several new models. Speakers in the ThinLine lineup, for example, nearly disappear into the wall or ceiling surface, as no bezel is needed around the grille. Three shapes are available: round, rectangular and square.
Even Sonance’s subwoofers have been given a makeover. The BPS-1 is designed to install directly into the ceiling. The only thing you see is either a circular or square grille that lets the bass out into the room. A hose that attaches to the subwoofer, pumps the bass through to the grille.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.
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