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LEFT: TV with three Amina invisible speakers mounted above the television, and Velodyne in-wall sub fi tted (small grille) on the right hand facing wall.


RIGHT: The SC-IW Velodyne in-wall subwoofer before fi tting. Available from Amina.


Story: Martin Morecroft of Redline – Specialist distributors of discrete audio systems


Home Entertainment has undergone enormous change in the last three decades. For many years it was defi ned by the simplistic image of a TV in the corner of the lounge, perhaps a stereo system and if you are old enough a Turntable! Any kind of audio or video entertainment in the home always involved a pile of large unsightly boxes with masses of cables. Home Entertainment while desirable, was very unattractive and consumed valuable living space. Despite this, it was acceptable – a way of life for a generation. The digital age has changed Home


Entertainment forever. Media surrounds us and almost defi nes us. It shapes expectation and has a huge impact in the 21st century home and the way we live in it. Today’s home is alive with technology.


The oversized TV in the corner has been replaced by the super thin screen. With this single action the structure of the living space has been changed. The TV is still a focal point but it is no longer confrontational – it blends in with ease into the environment. It is now that an age-old problem arises to upset this perfect integration – Loudspeakers! The modern multi-media experience is


based on sound as well as picture. Sound is a very powerful medium and plays an enormous roll in the enjoyment of types Home Entertainment. Numerous attempts have been made to reduce the size and the visual impact that speakers have in living spaces. All are compromises of size and performance. There is no doubt that progress has been made but now a defi ning solution offers the possibility of a cohesive discrete multi-media solution for the home.


The Products To make speakers invisible they need to be totally hidden. Using conventional pistonic cone technology would be impossible. The revolutionary solution provided by Amina


Technologies uses a new type of speaker design, based on a unique technology licensed from NXT. This harnesses the natural modes of


vibration in selected materials to reproduce sound. It works very much like an acoustic instrument. A guitar can play reasonably loud without any additional amplifi cation. When the strings are played they cause the body of the guitar to resonate – creating the sound. In simplistic terms this is how the Amina panel creates high quality audio. Amina realised that a vibrating panel


could be easily hidden. Over the past 10 years they have developed and refi ned their technology into a range of highly regarded ‘plaster in-wall’ speakers. Beautiful living spaces can now deploy the vast array of media that is an integral part of our lives – without compromising visual integrity or audio performance.


The Applications The installation applications for Amina’s invisible loudspeakers are vast. They are not just restricted to installation in plastered surfaces. They can be milled into a wide variety of materials. Wood is a particularly good acoustic partner. Amina panels are often used in listed buildings where alteration to visible structures such as wood panelling, is prohibited. Amina is easily installed without any visual disruption and provides a truly discrete and complimentary audio solution. Perhaps the most interesting application


for invisible loudspeakers is for Home Cinema. The spectacular advances in visual technology, especially with the advent of 3D- TV, will allow the scaled down ‘Cinema’ experience to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. To achieve the home cinema experience


you need at least 5 speakers (left, right, centre, left rear, right rear) and fi nally the


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very important 0.1 bass channel. Using conventional speaker technology would result in a clutter of unattractive grilles in the walls and ceilings. Placement of these speakers is critical to their performance and more often than not aesthetic considerations override technical requirements – a compromise that often leads to disappointing results. Invisible Loudspeakers are free from


such placement constraints allowing a completely uncompromised living space and stunning performance. The 0.1channel that provides low


frequency effects is essential to the performance of all home entertainment systems. Bass is the foundation of the multi-media experience adding weight and depth to sound for music, movies and gaming. Quality bass is almost tangible and not only energises our hearing sense, but also the ability of the human body to detect variations in air pressure. It is felt as much as heard. Invisible speakers need a complimentary


bass-solution to deliver the potential of the multi-media explosion. Low frequency sound can only be


re-produced by varying air pressure. To achieve this requires a specialist pistonic driver and until recently subwoofers were often housed in large and unattractive cabinets. In the last decade enormous advances in bass technology have given rise to smaller and more attractive products that are easier to place in living spaces. The ultimate goal of invisible bass has


yet to be realised. In-wall subwoofers provide the best and least compromised alternative. Amina partners with Velodyne subwoofers to provide the most discrete full bandwidth home entertainment speaker package. Technology is moving at an ever-


increasing pace. The volume, quality and quantity of media that is delivered to us, is driving a revolution of expectation. The seamless integration of new technology and ideas into the home will continue to challenge all of us.


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