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June 9, 2005

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June 10, 2005 In keeping with Gizmag’s quest to keep readers informed on how to make technology ubiquitous and invisible, meet the ELAC Imago picture panels with DML technology (Distributed Mode Loudspeaker Technology).

They hang on the wall and look like normal pictures but they are hi-fi loudspeakers and the bonus is that you decide what they will look like – a Monet, a Duret, a Lombarte, or a Van Gogh.

For stereo listening, all you have to do is connect two ELAC flat panel speakers and the matching subwoofer to your hi-fi. For home theatre systems, two, three or four of the five speakers can be easily integrated into every living-room environment.

Inside each picture frame are two ELAC NXT exciters which produce sound by exciting large surfaces (panels) as membranes with their special transducers. Compared to conventional loudspeakers, the panel speakers are claimed to radiate sound at a wider angle, thus enlarging the optimum listening area. ELAC Imago picture panels come in two sizes: 50 x 40 cm and 70 x 50 cm.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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