Can it work? Stereolith promises rich high fidelity sound and cinema sound from a single box. Instead of complex electronics to bring physical finesse the living room with sound. Whether this really works, has Matthias Kremp tried.
“In nature there is no stereo.” Stereolith argues the Swiss company, which is why they could produce with their M 232 speaker surround sound better than the usual two speakers for stereo systems. The trick is to function as: In the box Stereolith two speakers radiate to the left and right respectively, and a third is his sound from the front. The result should be a more relaxed sound, which acts at each point in space in the room. For stereo sound, however there‘s only one optimal listening position.
In practice, one must get used to pretty much when you hear music with the Stereolith M 232nd Those who have become accustomed over the years working to make listening to music on a sofa, that’s exactly was the so-called sweet spot of the stereo sound image positioning, especially missing the strong stereo effect, making those on stereo recordings of the perceived positioning of individual instruments will be optimized. The spatial impression generated the relatively small box, is very different. He is more comparable with the one obtained when you are in the same room with the musicians. Stereolith it is connected to the conventional to a stereo amplifier.
Amazing is how much the sound changes when you placed the box at different points in space. Much more intense than in stereo systems, the geometry and material properties of the space has an influence on the sound.
In the test room with lots of different surfaces (windows, walls, bookshelves) resulted in the best sound when the M 232 was more or less centrally placed in the room. The attempt to box as a replacement for a surround system to run on TV, brought a surprising result. Placed in front of the TV and managed the Stereolith it to create a very nice round sound. Only in the bass range, he would have to use some more oomph.
Dear first trial hearing
The same applies to music. Classical music, especially chamber music concerts and the like, reproduced the box very pleasant and realistic. Epic rock music or bass-heavy hip-hop however, are not entirely their turf. A subwoofer for bass extension would be of tremendous advantage. The Stereolith subwoofer is on the manufacturer’s website but listed as sold out, so one would have to look around for alternative Tieftonhilfen.
Cheap Stereolith the M 232 with just under 1000 € is not. Compared with a similar pair of high-quality stereo speakers, but it can not be considered as expensive. He definitely is a tone generator for people who are not afraid to throw overboard a trained listening habits. Whether you own one of them, fortunately, you can try at home. For orders in Stereolith Online Store grants the manufacturer a period of four weeks to test hearing. The company said that the right of return but only one percent of buyers use.
Manufacturer: Stereolith (http://www.stereolith.com/)
Price: US$ 1341 (including shipping)