Originally Posted by sivadselim
Yes. For when you will only be using one single speaker to reproduce 2 channels of info.
How is it a "marketing gimmick"? They are pretty up-front and clear about what it is for and what it does.
Sound propogates out from where it is produced much like rings expand from where a rock is thrown into the water. Stereo sound stage is created between two stereo speakers, the left speaker and the right speaker, with the sound stage size determined by the seperation of the two speakers. If you have two tweeters seperated by an inch then your sound stage will only be an inch at it's widest. It does not matter if the two speakers are pointed slightly away from each other as that does very little to expand the effective sound stage. Lets say it doubled the sound stage, which I would say is quite generous, then you would be purchasing this speaker to create a sound stage about two inches wide. That seperation is so small that it may as well not exist. So, this is more of a gimmic than a true benefit. The only benefit I can see to using one of these would be for a little background music in a small area. I would not expect this speaker to suddenly turn the whole room into a sweet spot with great stereo imaging anywhere you go in the room. I would be surprised if even a single location got ok stereo imaging from these speakers. Also, in wall speakers are poorer performers than traditional speakers. To expect a 6" cone woofer to go deep for bass is also really exagerating the performance of a speaker like this.
This is not to say this speaker will not sound good. Polk makes some good speakers, just what they are stating it does is likely more talking the talk than walking the walk. Just don't expect deep bass with good seperation from a dual voice coil 6" woofer and good stereo seperation of the highs from the tweeters being pointed in slightly different directions.
Ok everybody who read about this speaker, submit a vote. Yes, it's marketting talk and should be taken with a grain of salt or No, these things are the real deal holy grail of speaker design?Edited by darenwh - 7/17/13 at 9:08am