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Developers Discuss The Science Behind The Swankiest Speakers

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The New York Audio Show is Midtown is displaying cutting-edge, new technologies for consumers who want to spend serious bucks to listen to the perfect tune. NY1's Technology reporter Adam Balkin filed the following report.

The high-end audiophile who likes to savor and feel every note and every sound can find their dream equipment at the second annual New York Audio Show in Midtown. It barely phases any visitor to see a set of $7,000 speakers, made entirely of glass. Incidentally, representatives for the Waterfall Acoustics Victoria EVO speakers insist that glass not only makes the speakers look pretty, but also sound better than most others out there.

"Think about it. If something is resonating, which all loudspeakers do, you're going to hear tonality, which is based on the material," says Dave Lalin of AudioDoctor.com. "So if the cabinet is incredibly inert, meaning it doesn't vibrate, all you hear is the music and the notes themselves, so these speakers sound cleaner and clearer."

The same kind of theory is at work with the Quad Float QA headphones. For $3,000, these headphones are two speakers "floating" next to listeners' ears but not touching them like other headphones.

"Most headphones close your ears and when you try to close your ears, you recognize some change. And that's the reason we have two small speakers placed close to the ears but not on the ear," says Manfred Stein of QUAD Musikwiedergabe.

Then there are Acoustic Energizers, which developers say are designed to clean the air so that sound can move more freely through the air. Developers from Very Impressive Products could not be at the show, but a local representative says there is some solid science behind these devices.

"Right now, molecules are bombarding each other and these products allow the molecules to move more freely that way. When you have sound waves coming through, they just move more freely," says Robert Visintainer of Rhapsody Music & Cinema. "They don't make something bad sound good, but it's going to take something that sounds good and embellish it a little bit."

Developers say they work within about a five-meter radius, so depending on the size of a room, two or three of these $1,000 devices should do the trick.

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