Name: Dayton DAEX25 Sound Exciter Pair
We here at Unplggd abhor wires and love to tell you about it. In our minds we live in an alternate reality where Nikola Tesla was embraced for the genius he was and his more advanced technologies had become commonplace and were allowed to mature over the last century. He most certainly would have approved of invisible speakers and today we take a look at a very interesting concept that is starting to take hold in the world of audio.
NXT is a company that has a technology they call sound exciters and they are exactly what they sounds like… ok, they need a lot more explanation… Sound exciters are essentially the core part of a speaker driver; magnet, coil, ancillary wiring, and basket, but no cone or any other physically recognizable part of a normal driver. They have double stick tape on them so you can mount them to any surface and use the surface itself as the rest of the speaker. By "any surface", we mean most any thin surface that can vibrate nicely when excited by the movement of the driver.
Dayton Audio (Parts Express) is one of our favorite speaker companies and is the most recent company to license this technology. They sell the same speakers you see here, but in black. We bought ours through a closeout that no longer exists. Price is still super low so break out your $16 and snag a pair. Oh, and they no longer have cardboard discs on the bottom of the speaker like you see in the pix, prolly to avoid sound absorption.
- Available in 4, 8, 16, 32 ohm options
- 5W RMS (meaningless) 10W max
- About 3.75" Dia, 1" deep
So, how do they sound? Who cares? They cost $16 American and you can turn a picture frame into a speaker. You can mount them to the underside of your desk, to the wall, to your little dog. Everything becomes a magical (copyright Apple Computers) speaker- just make sure you have some extra double sided tape on hand because they stick once. We tried them on a few surfaces and frankly, they sound quite above marginal. They eat a ton of power, meaning they are very inefficient and will have you turning your volume up higher than you usually do, but they sound better than you might think. We used our Dayton T-amp to power them- reviewed that amp here. The best surface to mount them to, we think, is thin plywood. Any wood seems to do something good, but especially thin ply. Take a look at these customer reviews on the Parts Express site. Pretty informative and a lot of them. Some even say you can get bass out of these- we couldn't.
We were looking for some low volume music in our sleeping area and mounting them to the underside of the floor turned out to be just the ticket. Even through the felt rug, the highs came through and surprised everyone who listened to them (me). Kind of like having a sound pillow but with no silly sound pillow.
We definitely recommend these because you will have a ton of fun moving them all around your home, hunting that perfect location and material to mount them to. Think of this as not only a pair of speakers, but also an activity to engage in. Really neat.