Barring a few notable exceptions, most wireless audio speakers are better only heard than seen. Taking that idea to its eventual conclusion is Soundwall, a Wi-Fi connected speaker disguised behind the surface of an pleasing work of art, photograph, chalkboard, or even a blank canvas to customize to your heart’s content.
One might assume upon being informed about the audio capabilities of this product that there are several speakers hidden underneath. On the contrary, the Soundwall’s entire surface operates as a speaker, using DML (Distributed Mode Loading) technology; 4 electro-acoustic exciters and 2 tweeters vibrate the flat panel and transform the visual into an auditory experience. The solution is desirable in two-fold: 1) the flat+wall-mounted form factor makes the Soundwall a decor and space optimized audio solution, and 2) the DML audio technology will trump almost, if not all, smaller wireless audio speakers.
Soundwall has partnered with artists like Bisco Smith, Will Day, Amelia Caruso, and Spencer Rogers to offer a catalog of works to appeal to a range of artistic tastes, whether it be street art or colorful abstract works. Those with their own creative streak can upload their own photo to be printed into a 24″x36″, 36″x36″, or 36″x48″ print; chalkboard or blank canvases are also an option for those seeking to personalize their speaker+wall art at their leisure.
A 100 Watts Class D Digital Amplifier handles the 2 channels rated for 50 Watts RMS each, while users can control the sound using an iOS or OS X Airplay compatible device, or Android phone/tablet via BubbleUPnP. The whole system is powered by a Raspberry Pi 2 computer stashed inside each canvas.
Soundwall’s complete product line is available online at their website, with prices starting at $599 for a blank canvas model.