Minimalism is back in fashion, which means that built-in appliances are taking off and are not going to disappear anywhere. Still: it not only helps to save space (which is very important for owners of small apartments), but also allows you to visually improve the room. Give it spatial depth, relieve the feeling of tightness. And aesthetically, it is much more pleasant to look at the neat door of a washing machine in the wall than at its entire unsightly iron body.
But acoustic systems are not washing machines, and it is not so easy to integrate them into the interior. Many do not need this: some speakers themselves look like luxury items and can easily take their rightful place in a tastefully furnished room. But there are those who value form less than functionality, and such people have to make compromises. The speaker cannot be completely walled up in the wall - it simply will not sound, one way or another the speakers will have to protrude somewhat. What? Want to embed a 5.1 system? Allow me to punch six additional holes in the wall specifically for the shape and body of the selected speakers and one more - larger - for the subwoofer.
That is why no one does such things. But what if you go the other way? Not trying at all costs to cram the speaker into a surface that is not intended for this, but to make it a speaker itself?
So the Germans from Ceratec came up with the Cerasonar line.
A small room with yellow painted walls. One of them has a 4K LCD panel. An armchair in the center, and a couple of vases with artificial flowers - that's the whole entourage. The Ceratec test room is not homey, but it’s even better, more honest. So the impression is stronger. After all, at home, the speakers can be neatly "scattered" on the shelves with books, hidden under the table, stylized as a picture on the wall, thrown with clothes - in general, they can be made almost invisible in a thousand "dishonest" ways. Here - everything is in sight. More precisely, just the opposite: there are seven invisible speakers in the room at once (a pair of speakers on the left and right, one, main, in the center, two in the ceiling and two in the rear wall, plus two subwoofers in the front wall) - this is a complete system 5.2.2 made for the immersive DolbyAtmos, DTS: X and Auro 3D formats. But understandwhere exactly what is from it, you can only by sound - or if you clearly know what and where to look. But even in the latter case, you will have to approach the wall at close range - then, perhaps, it will be possible to make out the barely noticeable speaker case.
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The "invisible" properties of Cerasonar are due to the design. Instead of traditional round "tweeters" and "woofers" there is only one solid flat surface, and besides, it is rough. In general, imagine that someone very carefully cut a rectangular piece from a white drywall wall, and then somehow made it play sound - something like it looks from the outside. To integrate an audio system into a room, it is enough to install speakers in the walls and ceiling. Then they can be safely covered with a layer of plaster or paint of the desired tone with a layer of up to two millimeters. The only thing is that you can't hide the subwoofer from your eyes at all without a trace: several small slots will be visible in the wall, similar to electrical outlets from afar. In another way, unfortunately, low frequencies cannot be delivered to your ears.
Considering the concept, you don't expect much from the sound - but you are surprised again. I will say right away: you still cannot compare with expensive traditional Cerasonar home theater systems - this is not IMAX and the laws of physics have not been canceled. But for its design, the development of Ceratec sounds very worthy: pleasant purity of sound, good detail (you will definitely turn your head to see what kind of bird suddenly sang over your right shoulder), and, most importantly, a decent volume (I was worried about it the most) … The subwoofer here, although invisible, is felt by the whole body during operation and is able to make the chair and you vibrate with it.
In general, as some fans of ultra-low frequencies say, he “bangs”, be healthy! If you start to find fault, then the sound can be called somewhat flat, but for watching a movie it is more than enough: I have never wanted to urgently reconfigure something or go into the equalizer to pull out “dead” frequencies. And for "hardcore" listening to music, you need to take something else - this is not an audiophile development and no one positions it as such. But listening to music in the background with its help is a pleasure.
The only noticeable disadvantage of Ceratec Caresonar is the price. The kit that I was able to test will cost about 700 thousand rubles. A simpler system, 5.1, can be assembled for about 300 thousand - and many will consider such a waste of money unjustified. But it should be understood that Caresonar is not so much an audio technique as a concept, and it has not too many analogs. This is a unique product that can surprise, if not the audiophile inside you, then the esthete - honestly.>