Clio

Invisible Speaker

Revolutionary Arc

Audiophiles, say hello to the first new loudspeaker technology in more than 80 years. Introducing Clio by Clearview Audio.

A team of seasoned industry pros—who spent their careers with big-name speaker brands—collaborated to develop this groundbreaking device. Makers Allan Evelyn, Gene D'Ovidio, and Stefan Bokamper took years to
perfect and produce it, ensuring every element would be right.

Clio pairs the purest audio quality with stunning, intentional design. The patented architecture borrows a principle from aerospace technology, using piezoelectric actuators to stimulate both sides of the acrylic arc. Music radiates up the sides, then cascades outwards to create full, clear panoramic sound.

Nearly invisible from a distance, the clear curve is as strikingly beautiful as it is innovative. The minimalist portrait compliments any aesthetic environment. To round out their thoughtful design, the team made Clio intuitive to use. Directly connect a device or effortlessly pair one via Bluetooth.

Incredible sound, elegant form, and a facile interface. All summed up in a word: Clio.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Allan
    Allan

    Hello Grommeteers,

    We are proud to bring Clio to you, the consumer. The technology behind Clio has been years in the making. We hope you will use this innovative speaker to not only share music in your homes but as an expression of style and taste. We stand by for your questions and comments.

  • Mari
    Mari
    12/8/2014 12:13 PM

    Will this work with Apple Air Play? I'm not good at making tech work together except for that.

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 12:37 PM

    @Mari Apple Air play is a wi-fi wireless scheme. We selected Bluetooth (R) because every smartphone, PC, Mac computer, iPad (and many other devices) now made is equipped with Bluetooth streaming capability. We wanted everyone to enjoy Clio!

  • Robert
    Robert
    12/8/2014 12:18 PM

    Is stereo achieved by getting two speakers, or do you claim that this single speaker offers a stereo sound?

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 12:41 PM

    @Robert Clio is a complete, stereo system, complete with its own amplification, delivering panoramic stereo image throughout your listening area. Some people do want to use a pair of Clios, and it can be accomplished by wiring your music device so that the output is split into Left and Right audio. Its not something most people will do, but it is possible.

  • Charles
    Charles
    12/8/2014 12:33 PM

    Looks as of it is just a standard sound bar that widens it dynamic range via distribution across a pastic membrane. This would lend itself, I imagine, to vibration interference. It looks beautiful but to dole out $349 without the benefit of a better demonstration is quite the leap of faith. Wouldn't you agree?

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 12:48 PM

    @Charles - The technology behind Clio is really amazing, although it is really not intended or designed to be used as a sound bar, per se, but a personal stereo system. Sending two channels of audio information through Edge Motion (TM) means that we have the first transducer that plays two channels discretely. This is accomplished by clamping the center section of the acrylic glass creating a null, and eliminating cross-talk between the two channels.

  • Janice
    Janice
    12/8/2014 12:37 PM

    Hi. Will the sound be interrupted if something is placed in front of the device? Like a vase, or other similar type items?

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 12:50 PM

    @Janice Clio emanates sound equally from the front and back of her acrylic surface, creating a wide stereo image. While most would place something behind Clio because you don't lose sight of the object, you will still hear Clio if a vase of similar item is placed in front of her.

  • Philip
    Philip
    12/8/2014 1:18 PM

    @Allan

    Is this technology similar to that of "Mageplanar" of 35 years ago. They too used acrylic. The highs and mid-range were fantastic, but the lows were substandard, and they needed the assist of a sub-woffer.

    BTW, what are the demensions and is it offered in different sizes?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/8/2014 1:25 PM

    Hi Philip, the dimensions are: 9.25" X 12.75" X 3.75" and the transducer thickness: 0.04." Those and all other details can be found by clicking the orange "buy" button. Currently, The Grommet is selling the one size I mentioned. Thanks for your questions!

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 1:58 PM

    @Philip You may be surprised, but there are still speakers being made which are in the category of the Magnaplanar, i.e. "electrostatic". We share the "planar" aspect with those speakers, but the way our sound is created is quite different, in fact it is the basis for the numerous patents which the company holds. Simply said we send energy via tiny actuators to the edge of the panel. Electrostatic speakers have their actuators embedded inside or against the panel. BTW, 0.04 inch is = 1 mm.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    12/8/2014 12:39 PM

    What kind of bass response power does it offer? I can't imagine there weren't necessary compromises in this regard.

    Without a cabinet or cones to protect, will it reproduce <5Hz frequencies, even if only very faintly (just out of curiosity, as an audiophile-lite)?

  • Jay
    Jay
    12/8/2014 12:58 PM

    @Nathan I heard it. You're not going to like it. Just about everything else out there - Jambox, the Bose Soundlink, heck even the Audio POP crushes it.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/8/2014 1:23 PM

    Hi guys, Mike from The Grommet team here. Thanks very much for your inquiries. We understand that everyone has their own audio preferences, but we feel that the innovative design and sound quality make this a unique product.

    Nathan, to ensure that you are getting the most accurate information, we will have Allan provide answers to your technical questions. Stay tuned!

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 1:27 PM

    @Nathan We simply refer to Clio as "full range", as the response - as all speakers do - varies from actual placement within a room. We voiced Clio in live room, not in an anechoic chamber. Our goal was to deliver the most natural, uncolored, cleanest sound possible. Speakers with large woofers, will produce bass sounds with higher amplitude, but Clio stands up to a musical genres with crystal clear reproduction, certainly enough for most living spaces.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    12/8/2014 6:10 PM

    @Allan I see in your reply to Brenda there is some bass out of the base, which I'm glad to note; bass is omni-directional so hews to your claim of more immersive soundscape.

    Can you hedge a comparison to SoundSticks from Harmon Kardon in terms of raw output power and sound volume?

  • Libby
    Libby
    12/8/2014 12:42 PM

    Can this replace wired speakers for a stereo that doesn't have bluetooth?

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 1:31 PM

    @Libby Clio has its own built-in amplification, so simply disconnection a wired speaker wouldn't be possible; however, Clio has a direct input so any audio generating device (iPod, CD player, etc.) can be connected by a cable.

  • Brenda
    Brenda
    12/8/2014 1:18 PM

    So many questions! There are a number of good ones here that have already been asked, and have not been answered. That alone gives me pause.

    In the video you say you want to eliminate black boxes from people's homes. Sound bars have done that to a great extent. You have not replaced the sound bar with something else, you have instead added something to a sound bar. I think it looks beautiful, but I would have to hear a comparison of it with other sound bars to know whether the clear panel actually adds anything significant to the sound.

    You said people can't tell where the sound is coming from. It has to be coming from the sound bar, and is possibly somehow enhanced by the curved panel, but a better explanation of how that works would be helpful.

    Charles, who posted an unanswered question, said he thought the panel might be subject to vibration interference. I would like to hear the answer to that. I also wonder how the panel can be cleaned, of dust, fingerprints and other marks. It seems like it might be require delicate care, and being clear, would only look good as long as it stays clear.

    How many blue tooth devices can be connected at once? How many can be directly connected - and how. Can it dock an iPod, tablet or other device, or do they have to be connected with blue tooth or cables? You said there's no on/off button. Is there a pause? Like I said - so many questions.

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 1:50 PM

    @Brenda First, I didn't mean to imply that we were adding to a sound bar, nor that it is a replacement for a sound bar. What Clio provides is an alternative to a number of audio devices, since we are living in the wireless era. Multi-media speakers which clutter one's desk and work area, or the table radio, or shelf system - Clio is a great alternative to all of these devices, providing great sound, as well as giving one back the "visual area" around her.

    The sound emanates from the clear acrylic panel, in fact over 90% of the sound on most audio material. Only the deepest base comes from Clio's base. Because the image is panoramic and comes off both the front and back of the glass, it is difficult to precisely pin-point the source.

    If you are asking if other sources of energy (vibration) cause some type of interference with Clio, the answer is no. The clear panel is welded into the aluminum base and the system is isolated by soft, but sturdy feet.

    We provide a microfibre cleaning cloth with each Clio and dirt, smudges, finger prints, etc. are cleaned away by simply moistening the cloth with water. The acrylic glass, by the way, is an automotive grade product, and this same formulation is found in front of the instrument cluster of many automobiles. We would not ascribe to the concept of "delicate care."

    Finally, Clio will store up to 16 Bluetooth devices, and when the 17th is paired, it drops the oldest. There is no dock, it was designed to receive an audio source through either Bluetooth or direct input. Since it does not incorporate a "player", functions like pause would be available from the source of the audio, not Clio.

    I hope I have answered all of you questions, Brenda. You've asked some good ones.

  • christopher
    christopher
    12/8/2014 2:25 PM

    @Allan awesome unit, WAY TO EXPENSIVE!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/8/2014 3:26 PM

    @christopher Thanks for the input. I can certainly understand that declaring a product to be too expensive is a very personal one. Sometimes our desires exceed our budget. Mostly, though, we allocate our budget to what we most value. No one can tell you want to value, and how much.

    But, as a sidebar, I know I have never seen a single comment on this board about a Grommet being "too affordable." One of the funny oddities of life.

  • Skip
    Skip
    12/8/2014 2:51 PM

    Where can I see and hear one in person?

  • Ron
    Ron
    12/8/2014 3:32 PM

    @Skip Yes, a live demo is necessary for a costly buy like this. All this talk about sound is like discussing paintings on the radio. Where on the West Coast can we audition Clio?

    Ron Wright

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 4:36 PM

    @Ron In learning about The Grommet, they seem to all about discovery. It is the main reason that they selected our product and the main reason we wanted to be here. I agree that auditioning something before you purchase can be a wise thing, but ClearView and Clio are brand new to the world as of December 2014, and discovery is what we're about. We hope that there a some Lewis and Clarks out there.

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie
    12/8/2014 5:52 PM

    Wow! I'm amazed by all the nitpicking, these must all be guys, and I guess you can take it as a compliment that you stirred up such curiosity amongst the techies. To anyone who values aesthetics and hates clutter, this would be a Godsend. As to price, anyone ever heard of the iPhone, etc.? Innovation dictates value. Beautiful idea.Well done guys.

  • Allan
    Allan – Special Guest
    12/8/2014 7:48 PM

    @Bonnie Thank you for your comments. Clio has been in the works for a long time, and bringing her to life so that discerning folks like you could enjoy music in an entirely new way is the first step in changing the world of speakers. We can make them disappear, we can make them paper thin, and we have made our initial entry beautiful, as you have observed. For so many years, I have heard "I like the sound, but do I have to look at them?" Now, friends, you don't...

  • Mike
    Mike
    12/8/2014 8:52 PM

    @Allan

    I have read the complete post line. While it is important that we all ask clarifying questions, I am somewhat surprised of the skeptics and those who find your product too expensive. What is expected when one is an early adopter? Didn't the first flat screen cost a tidy King's ransom, how about the first DVD player, heck, the first calculator at about $120.00 that is now found in the checkout aisle for $4.99 or less, how about the first of just about anything.

    Too much, "glass is half empty".

    I find this emerging sound source to be a potential cure for montrous speakers that I "sort of" call works of art (or form follows function, if you'd like) and even better sound reproducers, my wife calls them plain eyesores. She wonders why the darned things have to be so dominating in the room. ..maybe it does not have to be that way. Even if one likes hefty deep bass, get a subwoofer, since at these frequencies all is omnidirectional, put the thing in some discrete location to complement your unit.

    Nice work. I envision a TV screen/sound system, all in one panel sometime in the not too distant future.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    12/8/2014 9:21 PM

    Hi there!! It is a beautiful speaker.

    My confusion is concerning the power input - I see that an AC adapter is included (though in the video there are no wires visible), but in the specs it also lists:

    "Can use 3.5mm stereo input or wireless Bluetooth (2.1 or 4.0); DC power input".

    Can this speaker run off DC power or is it AC only?

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    12/8/2014 9:27 PM

    From Lisa ~ Nevermind - I'm only slightly blind....

    I see the wires now.... sorry.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/8/2014 10:04 PM

    @Lisa :)

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