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Big Sound Equals Big Bucks with These Speakers

Category: Hardware Published on Tuesday, 01 April 2014

There may be some truth in the old axiom "you get what you pay for," especially when it comes to buying a speaker system or portable speakers.

We've been playing with speakers from Opalum, SoundMatters (FoxL) and Korus and were, truthfully, blown away by their versatility, compatibility and sound quality. But, what actually made us do a double-take was the price tag for the Opalum speaker system.

Coming in at a hefty (and wallet busting) $2,700, the Opalum Flow 1010 speaker system is, by far, one of the best and most technologically advanced systems we have ever used. In fact, the manufacturer - - - Opalum of Scandinavia - - - may have to pry it out of my dead, dry hands when it's time to return it.

The system includes two futuristic-looking wall-mounted speakers and a control hub, which is basically the heart of the system. Unlike other wall-mounted speakers, these units lie flat against the wall, measuring a mere 1.5 inches thick and are self powered, which means they can be used without being hooked up to receivers or TV sets, etc.

Each unit contains ten tw0-inch drives. One is used as a tweeter and the others are used as woofers in groups of three. There are also four dedicated closed-loop amplifiers in each unit, providing a total of 160 watts.

Add a Bluetooth device to the mix and you get a wall of sound without wires. But the key to using this with an existing sound system or TV, etc. lies with the Control Hub II that comes with the speakers. The hub connects to your devices using standard left and right speaker cables and uses Bluetooth to communicate with the speakers.

The hub has two optical digital inputs, a coaxial digital input and a standard analog stereo input, which allows it to be connected to almost any device


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