Tel Aviv, Israel) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia), will develop an innovative electrostatic speaker
using a nanoscale active membrane based on graphene, achieving significant energy savings.
Of course, there are negatives to using an electrostatic design; the most significant is that electrostatic speakers must be much larger than their dynamic counterparts to move the same amount of air.
The Claritys are mighty fine electrostatic speakers that seem to defy the laws previously assumed for this type of speaker.
The opportunity to audition a pair of electrostatic speakers in my listening room presented itself.
For the uninitiated (which included yours truly until now), the underlying theory of electrostatic speakers, according to Sound Labs, is actually quite simple.
Research and design from the Motion[R] Series, the upcoming ElectroMotion[TM] Series (available Spring 2011), and the company's ultimate performance ESL and Reserve ESL Series of electrostatic speakers
form the backbone of the new in-wall and in-ceiling offerings.
I listened on three systems--the big rig upstairs through large Sound Lab electrostatic speakers
, the smaller rig in the studio in the basement via two-way PSB speakers, and through my laptop computer with a pair of Grado SR60 headphones.
Of course I've heard electrostatic speakers
in showrooms and
The original Quad electrostatic speakers
are held in such high esteem even today that The $ensible Sound published an article by Roy Nakano within the past year on buying, maintaining, and restoring these marvels of decades past.