As Stuart Yaniger writes: The Vanatoo Transparent Zero wireless speaker is an exemplar of the old saying, “Good engineering costs no more than poor engineering." The Transparent Zeros are a two-way system with a 4.5” bass-midrange cone driver, a similarly sized passive radiator, and a 1” soft dome tweeter, all housed in an enclosure smaller than a lunchbox. The enclosure is oddly shaped in a roughly trapezoidal manner, and includes a plastic frame member that doubles as a prop for the speakers when they’re used on stands to allow the passive radiator to do its thing unimpeded. They are set up to be used on a desktop for computer sound, next to TV sets for home theater sound, and on stands as free-standing mini-monitors, depending on the orientation and the DSP settings. On a desktop, the passive radiator points up, and the plastic prop can be used as a handle — or removed if the esthetics bother you. For mounting on stands, the passive radiator points down, with the prop giving it space to emit. There’s a ton of features and flexibility packed in here, so I hope you’re sitting down and comfortable before reading through this.
This article was originally published in audioXpress, January 2018.