Technology and style combine for systems that look as good as they sound
Written by ELYSE WOOD
We can’t all be blessed with superman’s supersonic hearing. Luckily,
otherworldly new technologies continue to improve options for home
listening for merely mortal ears.
In another plus, these new sound
systems are styled to offer something for design fans as well
as audiophiles. From traditional to sleek to simply modern,
aesthetics need not be compromised for listening quality. In
fact, in many up-and-coming speakers and sound systems,
form follows function and the pleasing visual design is the
result of a superior audio design.
Steinway and Sons, long considered the world’s finest
piano maker, and Peter Lyngdorf, a leading digital music system technician, recently teamed up to create top-notch speakers with the completely digital Model D Music System. At a
staggering 7 feet tall, the speakers are hand-built in Hamburg,
Germany, and are encased in Steinway’s fine lacquer or wood
finishes, which ranges from smoked oak to mahogany.
Model D uses Lyngdorf’s Room Perfect technology (a
patent is pending), which creates a three-dimensional map of
a room’s sound field through a number of measurements. Soft
surfaces such as carpets and drapes and hard surfaces such
as tables and chairs are taken into consideration. The process takes about 20 minutes and can be done by a Steinway
Lyngdorf installer. The result is an unobstructed tone balance
between the system and the space.
After the measurements are completed, explains Henrik
Jensen, Steinway Lyngdorf’s vice president for North America, the speakers have what he calls room knowledge: “They
are made to play in that room from a ‘focus one’ position,”
that is, a sweet spot or a favorite chair. However, for entertaining or remodeling, the space can be programmed for so-called
global positioning, which creates great listening around the
room. The tall speaker stacks disperse sound from front to
back, casting it throughout the room.
Model D Music