Nothing to See Hear
Stealth Acoustics has a problem. They don’t want you to see their speakers, especially their newest models called the LinearResponse Series. Although I couldn’t see him, Stealth Acoustics’ representative says the new speakers are an improvement over the previous generation using similar custom carbon-fiber motor and cone-woofer technologies. But the really big enhancement is the use of a new face-panel material that provides a flatter front surface area, which means installers won’t need to pre-plaster or otherwise pre-treat the front face-panel before installation. The new design can be installed and painted or wallpapered over immediately. That’s a huge time-saver, and – as with anything as labor-intensive as custom install projects are – a big money-saver, too.
The passive B22 invisible subwoofer is also new. It uses an eight-inch woofer driver mounted in a 22-inch frame. Frequency response is said to go all the way down to 25 Hz (“tooth-rattling capability” they claim). Stealth Acoustics also has a new 8-channel amplifier (model 8400) that includes DSP-based optimization for Stealth’s invisible speakers. It’s a sneaky way of saying they want you to put Stealth speakers in every room of your house.
I haven’t had the chance to hear them yet. Hopefully the demo at the booth will live up to the hoopla.