Ordinarily, if you want to get the 3D surround sound experience, you have to carefully set up several speakers within a room. Even then, there's one specific "sweet spot" where the effect is most pronounced. According to California-based electronics company Acemile, however, that's not the case with its new Theater Box portable wireless speaker. Just one of the speakers is reportedly capable of filling a 2,000 sq ft (186 sq m) room with 360-degree 3D surround sound, that sounds equally good from any location.
According to Acemile, no internet access or apps are required to use the speaker. It simply receives audio data via Bluetooth 4.0 from a linked iOS/Android/Linux mobile device, computer or TV within a 30-ft (9-m) range. It can also be hard-wired, receiving an audio signal through its 3.5-mm aux-in port.
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The 3.3-lb (1.5-kg) Theater Box itself features four 2-inch full range drivers and one 3-inch active bass driver, capacitive touch controls, a frequency range of 20Hz~20KHz and a maximum output of 125 watts. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery is said to be good for up to 20 hours of playback.
As for its every-spot-is-the-sweet-spot capability, Acemile explains:
"Theater Box utilizes Q3D Holophony, a new technology that uses a proprietary algorithm based on sound wave field synthesis, which gauges the audio environment [using a built-in mic] and delivers continuous, layered sound waves. All layers of these sound wave 'bubbles' are synthesized with the 360-degree 3D audio effect, and as the bubbles reach the listener’s ears, he or she is immersed in 360-degree 3D surround sound."
The speaker can be ordered now via the link below, in the buyer's choice of four colors, for US$299. Shipping is scheduled to begin this month.