Two Technologies Reinventing How We Hear Sound

Most companies in the audio technology sector strive to improve the quality of sound that comes out of speakers and other auditory devices.

But two companies in the space are revolutionizing audio technology in bold new ways.

You see, instead of quality, they’re changing the way we hear sound altogether!

It’s a radical idea, I know. But the effects are startling.

In fact, one company’s device is so powerful, it’s been known to cause temporary hearing loss for anyone in its range.

Audio Tech #1: “Invisible” Sound

You know the old saying, “Children should be seen and not heard”? Well, there’s a similar saying in the world of audio technology. It goes like this…

“Speakers should be heard and not seen.

That’s according to Massachusetts firm, ClearView Audio – creators of “Edge Motion” sound technology.

What’s Edge Motion?

It’s the patented technology behind ClearView’s revolutionary audio product – CLIO. And it’s breaking new ground in the audio industry.

CLIO is an “invisible speaker” that fills any room with rich, panoramic sound.

To achieve this, the company has completely reinvented the traditional model of sound production.

Think of a conventional sound system as a foreign translator. But instead of translating language, speakers take electrical signals from whatever source they’re connected to, and translate them into audible sound.

They do that by using a specific arrangement of magnets, cones, and metal coils to create a magnetic field. This is the key ingredient for capturing and translating electronic pulses. These pulses are forced from the back of the speaker through a cone, where it’s amplified and driven into your ears.

But many audio engineers believe this process is archaic. And although companies like Bose have made significant advancements in cone speaker technology over the years, there are still obvious flaws in the sound quality produced, and the flexibility with which sound can travel.

But ClearView’s Edge Motion technology fixes these problems.

How?

By scrapping traditional cones and magnets.

Rather than forcing vibrations forward from the back of a speaker through a cone, ClearView uses piezoelectric actuators to force vibrations laterally across the edges of a tiny, thin, slightly curved membrane of acrylic glass.

There are no speakers involved. Instead, the glass is the centerpiece of the system – and almost invisible, too. The Edge Motion technology translates the electrical signals and evenly distributes the vibrations across the entire strip of glass.

As a result, listeners hear the same superb sound quality – both side-to-side and top-to-bottom – regardless of whether they’re standing in front of the sound source or behind it.

On the other hand, traditional cone-based speakers only distribute sound in the direction where the cone/speaker is pointing. Outside of that spectrum, the sound becomes muffled, or even non-existent. But because Edge Motion removes cones from the equation, sound literally radiates off of the speaker in all directions.

Here’s a look at CLIO in action…

ClearView Audio is a privately held firm, so you can’t invest in it. But you can place a trade on this next company…

Audio Tech #2: “Laser Beam” Sound

Founded in 1975, Turtle Beach (HEAR) has a long history of sound technology innovation, and is one of the leading developers of headphones.

But by far the most exciting aspect is Turtle Beach’s HyperSound technology.

The company added HyperSound to its arsenal earlier this year when it finalized the acquisition of Parametric Sound – the company that developed the technology.

We’ve followed the technology’s progress here for years – and I’ve personally heard how this extraordinary innovation works.

The easiest way to explain it is by comparing it to a light bulb…

A standard light bulb emits light in every direction. Over the years, however, we’ve developed better ways of focusing light on specific areas. For example, with flashlights, or by using laser-based light.

HyperSound essentially applies this technology to audio by funneling sound towards certain areas.

In fact, it can even filter specific sound to individual people in the same room – even if they’re only a few feet from each other.

So imagine that you’re sitting in the living room with your partner. You want to watch the football game, but she couldn’t care less and wants to read a book in peace. No problem. HyperSound beams the game sounds directly to you, while she hears nothing.

As I said, I’ve experienced this technology for myself. Take a look at the interview I conducted with Turtle Beach CEO, Juergen Stark, and the company’s Director of Corporate Communications, David Lowey.

HyperSound is the definition of disruptive technology. And combined with Turtle Beach’s marketing and sales expertise, it’s game over for other companies in this space.

Your eyes in the Pipeline,

Marty Biancuzzo

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Most companies in the audio technology sector strive to improve the quality of sound that comes out of speakers and other auditory devices. But two companies in the space are revolutionizing audio technology in bold new ways. You see, instead of quality, they’re changing the way we hear sound altogether! It’s a radical idea, I...

Marty Biancuzzo

, Technology Analyst

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