Originally Posted by Tim916
They look interesting, but it looks like they employ a single large panel to reproduce all frequencies and thus will probably have beamy highs and a very narrow sweet spot.
Tim, not at all! I was many times attracted to panel speakers, but they all have problems you described. There are some things that Magnepans, Sound Lab and a few others do better than anything else out there. I was just a few week ago listening to excellent set up of Magnepans, and they were so engaging while I was in a sweet spot.
But all panels have one problem, once you move even a few feet away, they are completely washed out, focus is lost.
Reports on Podium is that they can be placed anywhere, and they are not prone at all to sweet spot. Even that they are panel speakers they have nothing to do with other panel speakers technologies. This is a brand new technicasl thinking. It's sounds amazing and too good to be true. I'm not in position to travel at all at this point, but I have rearranged my schedule in a hurry to hear them, that's how excited I got.
As analogy, I'm thinking about buying Pioneer Kuro Elite PRO-150FD 60". I really didn't want to spend that much on display, but when I started reading all these reviews and some of them claimed they couldn't find any shortcomings at all, and one reviewer said that even jaded reviewer like him got thoroughly excited, it made me a believer. Similarly, this promises to be technology where reviewers claim to be near perfect, or as perfect as we can imagine at this point. But they all say that this is in a completely new league
compared to anything else ever made.
The difference is, unlike Pioneer which commands PREMIUM price for its supreme technology, these are relatively affordable.
The top model is priced at 10k Euros, which I believe is about $12-13k, but there are less expensive models. My current speakers are almost 3x as much.
So, yes, I'm excited. We'll see very soon!