- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 12, 2003

SHAKEN AND STIRRED

For years we've read articles in various magazines that described how you could to turn your walls, coffee table or kitty pan into some sort phenomenal speaker system.

After numerous attempts at building these sorts of systems (the kitty pan was BAD idea) we pretty much gave up and let the nice folks at Bose do the engineering. So here we have some wonderful surround sound system (not Bose, $349.00) and we are thinking about just how much stomping and explosions we hear over that one-foot cube called a sub-woofer. Hmmm? What if somebody actually did make a device that turned some part of furniture or your house into a speaker?

Turns out somebody has. If you swing by smarthome.com, take a peek at a Clark Synthesis Tactile Sound Transducer.

Good heavens, don't even call it a speaker. The crux of this little goodie is that you can bolt it up to your floor from underneath and, yes, turn the floor into a huge sub-woofer. The transducer uses a huge 20 oz. neodymium magnet structure, which is far easier to use than pronounce, to produce a whopping 2.8 pounds of force per watt. At the input limit of 135 watts RMS each transducer is capable of exerting over 370 lbs. of force on the bottom of your floor.

The word transducer is sort of an elaborate word to describe any device that changes electrical energy into mechanical motion or visa-versa.

Heck, a good sub-woofer sound track might even enhance your housecleaning by dislodging all the little dirt particles on the floor and making them easier to vacuum.

That might not be such a good idea in the kids' rooms, though.

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