September 13, 2011 by Lisa Montgomery
All over the show floor at the recent CEDIA Expo Indianapolis, speaker manufacturers were touting their “frameless, bezel-less, trim-less” designs for in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.
Monitor Audio took a completely different approach, making the frame of its SoundFrame speakers a big, noticeable part of its speaker designs. Take note, though, this isn’t any old ordinary frame. The eponymous black or white piano lacquer frames are beautiful. They are also available in white primed versions so that they can be painted. What’s more, the speaker grille can be printed, turning the speaker into honest-to-goodness piece of artwork. At the CEDIA Expo, the grilles of the Monitor line were printed with live black-and-white concert shots of Van Halen—super cool and perfect for a listening room or home theater.
Although the SoundFrame series has been around for awhile, they never fail to impress, and at this year’s Expo Monitor introduced a new addition to the line: SoundFrame3, a compact two-way satellite speaker intended to be used as a rear speaker. The speaker’s Inverted Dual Concentric module is able to pivot in all directions so that the sound can be aimed toward the listening area. The SoundFrame3 speakers retail for $399 each.
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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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