Proclaim Audioworks' Dan Herrington had a revelation one day while sitting in the smallest room of his house. "I was reading old JAES papers," he said, "when I read a measured analysis of speaker radiation patterns based on cabinet construction. A sphere was extraordinarily close to the perfect form, but then you had to deal with using multiple drivers."
Multiple spheres. He also came up with a nifty "stand" mechanism that allows the consumer to adjust the position of the three drivers relative to their listening position and the room in which the speakers sit. Oh yeah, and an external crossover.
The DMT-100 (that stands for Driver Manipulation Technology) sells for $25,000/pair.
I thought they had promising transient response and were getting extremely good low-end response, given the size of the room. I also thought they sounded a tad hard and bright, which very well may have been because Herrington was using a 1990-era 25Wpc receiver to drive 'em. "To show they can sound good in the real world," he explained.
Fair enough, but given their striking looks—which people will either love or hate—and price tag, I wondered about his definition of that term.
But if you live there, Proclaim can bring their demo room to you.