That was true a decade ago.
Invisible speakers — for many years — have been a weak link in the audio chain. Invisible speakers showed up in the early '90's and were favored by designers and architects, much to the chagrin of AV Integrators. Early technologies were, to put it kindly, lacking. With limited high frequency, sloppy bass, and low-impact midrange, Integrators reluctantly installed these speakers with the caveat 'they present a sonic compromise.'
A decade later performance improved somewhat, and yet, Integrators still saw invisible speakers as a 'problem solver,' not an everyday solution.
Not until the advent of the NXT and Live-Wall patents did invisible speakers come into their own, handily outperforming lesser traditional architectural speakers in bass response, inner detail, extension, and coverage.
Unfortunately, thousands of customers over the past 25 years have had a poor sonic experience with invisible speakers, and this long, slow ramp-up period has colored the views of some Integrators who have not yet experienced the performance of a high-end invisible speaker. High-end Integrators have begun the switch to invisibles as an everyday solution, with many Integrators in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami only specifying invisible speakers in their projects.
Our LW1220 Al outperforms most traditional in-wall speakers — competing more favorably with better quality boxed speakers. First-time listeners to our invisible speakers are typically amazed at the bass performance, inner detail, and high frequency extension we achieve, calling the products 'magical.'
We are confident that in the coming years, high-performance invisible speakers will be de regueur in better homes.