Building a kick-ass home theatre requires lots of money and lots of space for speakers, amps, and other equipment. But THX wants to replace all of that with their new Steerable Line Array speaker system that can discreetly hide under your massive TV.
As the name implies, the system uses an array of 92 speakers in total: 30 low, 30 mid-range, and 32 high-end tweeters that blast sound through a 1.4-inch tall gap. The system allows the sound to be directed more precisely, creating eight individual sweet spots that can be targeted directly via a wireless app running on a smartphone or tablet during setup.
Furthermore, to accomodate the large number of speakers THX also had to develop a new 100-watt amplifier that connects to each driver and only runs when the speaker is needed. This results in a smaller power draw, and in turn less heat minimizing the need for cooling hardware and reducing the overall size of the system.
Pricing and availability for the new home theatre technology hasn't been announced yet, but THX has been developing it for a few years now, so what's a few more months to make sure they've worked out all the kinks? [Popular Science]