AT A GLANCE
Highly compact steel sphere enclosures
Transparent sound quality
Big soundstage with no restrictive sweet spot
On-wall or near-wall placement well advised
Tricky subwoofer mating
Likes a lot of power
A sub/sat system whose great strengths are its midrange clarity, wide dispersion, and décor-friendly form factor.
The interaction between speaker manufacturers and the public they serve has changed markedly since the days when I was a longhaired college kid buying my first speakers. Back then, design ideas flowed in one direction, from the top down, from the drawing board to the sales floor—and if you bought a speaker, you nearly always bought a box speaker. Now speaker-design imperatives flow in both directions. With a greater variety of beckoning form factors, speaker buyers influence the design process simply by choosing the products that fit into our lives.