FAQ: How Do Our Transducers Differ?

One frequent question we get asked at Clark Synthesis is “what’s the main difference between your three transducers?”  It’s a valid question considering their price range and variability of application, and even though the answer is important, it’s still pretty simple.  We want all our customers to be confident they’re buying the right product for their needs, so here’s a quick rundown of the answer.

Simply put, the difference between our transducers is one of power.  The make, quality, and durability are all the same but the impact you both feel and hear with each transducer is on a continuum from softer to stronger.  Think of it like the difference between a lawn mower engine, a V-8 engine, and a jet engine.  All three work very well in the application for which they were designed, but the power levels are very different.  The stronger the transducer, the more capable it is to handle more powerful applications.

The TST239 Silver Transducer is the least powerful of the three.  It needs to be installed in furniture with thin cushions in order to be felt, as the impact would get lost in thicker padding and cushions.  It is perfect for light furniture and game chairs, which makes it the best choice for anyone wanting to add another level of reality to their gaming. (Keep in mind that even though the Silver transducer is the least powerful in the Clark Synthesis line, it is still more powerful than most other transducers on the market.)

The TST329 Gold transducer, our mid-level, has approximately double the output of the Silver and can be easily felt through thick furniture and strong materials.  Because the Gold is approximately twice as strong as the Silver, the sound and the vibrations are twice as intense.  Likewise, the Platinum transducer is approximately twice as strong as the Gold, which makes it the most powerful transducer in the Clark Synthesis line.  The TST429 Platinum puts out the strongest and most intense vibrations of the three and is strong enough to vibrate very plush furniture, large platforms, and even whole concert stages.  Because of their strength of output, our Gold and Platinum transducers are frequently used in military training simulators.

Well, that’s the basic idea.  Hopefully this helps distinguish the difference between our transducers and helps you determine which level is best for you.  No matter what, you’ll be getting an amazing product that is sure to enhance movie-watching, music-playing, or gaming.  Or maybe you can think of another great way to use them!

Check out our Just For Fun page to see some fun ways that others have used our transducers.

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Looking Forward to 2013

Over the last year, Clark Synthesis product lines went through a few changes. To name a few, the Aquasonic® Underwater Speaker got re-named to the Diluvio™, we added fully weatherproof speakers (the Aguaceiro™ and the Torden™) to our outdoor living product line, and then we made Aquasonic® the brand name for the whole line of outdoor living speakers. Finally, when the cost of neodymium (a rare earth metal used in our transducers and underwater speakers) stabilized after a huge cost increase, we were able to bring down prices on most products and pass the savings onto our dedicated customers. Now that it’s 2013, the changes are still rolling in.

As the New Year begins, we’re still adjusting to moving manufacturing back to the US, a process that will be complete sometime in the spring. We also have plans to make the current Diluvio™ Underwater Speaker available in four different configurations. It will be the same amazing underwater speaker that we’ve always produced, but will soon be able to fit into just about any type of pool.  Specifically, the new configurations will allow for much easier retrofitting.

We’re so thankful for everyone who sells and uses our products, and we’re really excited to be providing even more innovation in the coming year. As we look ahead, we welcome both the fun and challenging times it will bring.

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Moving Manufacturing Back To USA

Even though the holiday season is famously known (or perhaps infamously known) for its harried busyness, Clark Synthesis has even more hustle and bustle than normal.  Why all the frazzle this year?  Well, unfortunately for my sweet-tooth, it isn’t because of the cookie baking and candy making (although our office manager does have an amazing knack for the culinary arts).  It is, however, something we’re all really excited about.  Clark Synthesis is happy and proud to announce that in the coming year, we will be moving most manufacturing operations back to the United States.

Yep, that’s right.  Clark Synthesis products are soon going to be manufactured right here in the US.  The last few months have seen a lot of preparation work and as details are being finalized, we’re really excited to begin thinking of all the positive changes this will mean for both our customers and for us as a company.

Among many other benefits, having our manufacturing done stateside will allow us more flexibility and freedom with product design and development.  In fact, Bill is already brainstorming different ways to tailor our products to meet even more of our customer’s needs!  And this is just the beginning.

As we head into the coming year, we’re excited to watch these new beginnings unfold and discover new ways they will benefit our present and future customers.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


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Helping The Deaf Experience Sound

Transducers being installed in the floor of deaf school in Norway.

Clark Synthesis transducers are best known for adding that fourth dimension – the sense of feeling – to movies, video games, and music.  But that’s not all they can do.  Clark transducers can actually help people with certain types of deafness to hear.

Yes, you read that correctly…

Clark Synthesis transducers are being used to help the deaf experience sound in ways they never thought possible.  How, you might ask?  Well, the answer can get a bit technical, but here’s the basic idea.

Clark transducers reproduce the full range of sound with high-fidelity vibrations that can be felt through the body, which is what we call tactile stimulation.  And tactile stimulation bypasses the typical way people hear sound, which is through their ears.  What this means is that certain hearing impaired individuals will actually experience sound with the use of our transducers.

Tactile sound technology is not yet widely used for this purpose, but it is gaining popularity among some deaf communities.  One church in Brentwood, TN included Clark transducers in their 257 seat Deaf Chapel to activate the floor and provide a tactile experience for worshipers.  Tactile Sound Transducers are also being used in a similar way for students at a deaf school in Norway.

Although our transducers are most popular for their entertainment value in movies, video games, and music (which, if you haven’t experienced it yet, is totally awesome…), they also have the capacity to help those who otherwise couldn’t experience the beauty of sound.

To read more about the Tennessee and Norway projects, click the links below.

Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church

School for the Deaf in Norway

For a more in-depth look at tactile sound, click here.

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