I remember the old Electrostatic speakers that looked like oriental room dividers. I also helped a guy install pistons under a guys floor one time back in the 70's as super sub woofers. I just read a thing about another guy attaching transducers to his sofa, so I get the idea. I don't think it's so far fetched. I saw the Onsia display in Lowes yesterday afternoon and was looking around to see if I could learn more about them. There is a certain amount of sales hype in their ads. I am a violinist and many violinists have trouble with their hearing, so their statement about it not hurting the player is not true. I get the idea though. I want to try these speakers or go hear them installed some where before I'd bash them totally or buy them. They seem like a terrific Idea and solution for many applications, but I hate not being able to hear them first before I start chopping into my walls to try them out.
One other thing I'd like to mention. I'm a musician and I've been fooling around with sound and speakers and home theatres for probably 35 years now. Since the days when a home theatre had real Movie projectors and projection booths! Every set of speakers and every amp has a Magic level. A just right volume where the system and speakers will sound pretty good. When you go above or below that level, you start to hear the blemishes. For each set of speakers and amps, that magfic area is going to be different. For something like these Onsia speakers, I would think you are going to have a similar Magic Zone or Magic Volume. So it's really going to depend on what kind of music, or what kind of movies you'll be watching with them. Sometimes I find traditional speakers are too directional and the over all sound field in a home theatre just doesn't sound like real life. These Onsia speakers could solve that to a certain degree by spreading the sound out more like it really is in real life. We've tended in the past few years to be trying to match perfectly what the film makers intended. Theoretically that should be right, but in real life, when say you are out on your front lawn and a car goes by, the sound is reflecting off buildings, trees, street poles and equipment, all sorts of material, and it's not going to sound anything like it does in a movie. The best we can hope for is a simulation of reality. These speakers may not place a sound exactly where the Movie Director intended, but it's going to be some where in the ball park and a little more spread out like in real life. At least that's my theory. I'm hoping now I can find this place in King of Prussia on Monday and go see for myself.