Celebrating 25 years of Panphonics
Imagine being able to direct sound to a specific area with unmatched precision. For instance, Panphonics speakers can focus speech even in noisy environments without increasing the overall ambient noise level. In a museum setting, you can create a confined audio zone in front of an art piece where the desired sound is heard. When you step out of the zone, the volume will decrease drastically. To further combat the issue of overpowering ambient noise, we have optimized our speakers to play frequencies most sensitive to the human ear.
Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Tampere, Finland, Panphonics has been delivering directional audio solutions globally for over two decades. Unlike most of our competitors, we don’t use ultrasound techonology in our speakers. Instead, by applying the electrostatic principle, we have been able to create speakers with lower coloration, better transient response, lower distortion and higher directivity in comparison to other techniques. The finished product is easy to install, has a light and unobtrusive design, and can withstand extensive use.
During COVID-19, hygiene has become of paramount importance. With our directional audio solutions, you have an alternative for headphones that otherwise require near-constant cleaning. It not only saves time, but also decreases unnecessary risk. What you get when you choose Panphonics is a clear, focused sound field that remains audible even over longer distances.
Niskanen & Salo – Murmurations (Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC 2020)
Note that unlike in this temporary sound installation, Panphonics speakers are for indoor use only.
Panphonics speakers as a part of Lexter’s (now called Efterklang, a brand within the AFRY group) soundscaping and sound masking solution for Swedbank.
Compact speakers are our most advanced mono directional speakers with the best directionality and sound quality. Available in 60×60, the Compact is made from natural fibers and has no frames. The look is ultrathin and the feel is unrealistically light. We can print any picture, logo or color to the surface.
Framed with an aluminum frame, Sound Shower mono loudspeakers are thin and light with great directionality. As our most popular speakers, Sound Showers have tens of thousands of installations worldwide.
MOOMIN ANIMATIONS - Thrills and Cuddles
Exhibition, National Children’s Museum, Washington D.C.
Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles highlights the rich history of Moomin animations, which are based on the Moomin books and comic strips created by Tove Jansson. The audience is able to enjoy Moomin animations from different eras and parts of the world, from the very first Moomin film to premiere on TV to the most recent, award-winning 3D animation series, Moominvalley. This exhibition is on loan from the world’s only Moomin Museum and features several Panphonics directional speakers. The exhibition is brought to the United States by the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.
National Children’s Museum is a nationally recognized cultural and educational institution that serves children and families through science, technology, engineering, art and math focused experiences. “National Children’s Museum is thrilled to host the international premiere of Moomin Animations – Thrills and Cuddles,” says President and CEO, Crystal R. Bowyer. ”As a Congressionally-designated institution in the nation’s capital, the Museum celebrates global cultural education, and the values that The Moomins represent.”
Courtesy of Moomin Museum
Photo credit: the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.
Swedbank is one of Sweden’s largest banks and it is of great importance that their customers can openly discuss private financial matters with the staff, without the risk of being overheard by others.
Lexter (now called Efterklang, a brand within the AFRY group) has created a unique soundscaping and sound masking solution in the most vulnerable waiting areas at the bank. Directional speakers (by Panphonics) and specially produced audio content reduce the intelligibility of speech, increase privacy and add a pleasant atmosphere. The speakers do not interfere with the visual expression. The solution is now implemented in more than 50 Swedbank offices around Sweden.
The conceptual sound design and sound masking created for Swedbank has been awarded the Better Sound award in three categories, along with the ISAbell Winner prize in the Universal Design category, in the International Sound Awards 2019.
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Via Xinc Technologies, the Panphonics directional speaker solutions are becoming the standard in the University ‘Superlab’ designs in Australia due to their ability to create focused sound zones.
The design of a Superlab enables many classes to be run at once while ensuring students feel part of an intimate class group.
These university cases include The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, James Cook University and UNSW Australia.
courtesy of Xinc Technologies
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The evolution of the myth / Exhibition, CaixaForum, Madrid
”At the beginning, the design of the exhibition already had 2 Panphonics 60×60 for a couple of pieces that were close by and we did not want them to acoustically contaminate each other. There were open audios with normal stereo speakers and several TVs with headphones, but then, the covid arrived and solutions must be found so that the exhibition does not have to sacrifice any work and the viewer continues to enjoy it as if nothing had happened. So a new design is made at the audiovisual level and Panphonics loudspeakers are incorporated in all the pieces, varying the 60×60 and 120×20. Leaving only two pieces with the audio open and all the others with the directional ones.”
courtesy of Zentralmedia
St. Petersburg, Russia
A total of twelve Panphonics directional sound speakers were installed. Four in the living room, three in the bedroom and the kitchen area, and two in the nursery. For convenience, the same passive Sound Shower models (SSHP120x20) along with AA160 Basic amplifiers, were used on all locations.
Courtesy of RIWA
Mood Stockholm is a unique shopping centre with carefully selected boutiques, beauty salons, cafés and restaurants, that opened in 2012, in the heart of Stockholm. Panphonics speakers are being used near the Mood escalators along with the art position and entrance areas.
The sound design created by Lexter (now called Efterklang) at Mood Stockholm has won several awards, including the ISAbell Winner award in the categories Audio Marketing and Soundscapes and Ambient Sound during the International Sound Awards 2018 in Hamburg.
THE JÓZEF PIŁSUDSKI MUSEUM
”We are pleased to present one of our latest sound system projects, implemented on the products of ECLER, REVOLUTION ACOUSTICS and PANPHONICS. Each museum is a new challenge, as each exhibition requires an individual project, providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.
The Józef Piłsudski Museum, due to the variety of elements of the exhibition, required multiple, specialized solutions. It combines classic solutions in the form of wall loudspeakers in the cinema, hanging speakers in the corridors, through ceiling loudspeakers and acoustic multiducers, hidden behind the elements of the exhibition – invisible to visitors, as well as directional loudspeakers enabling creating an intimate atmosphere in selected zones without disturbing the comfort of other visitors . The inductors and ceiling speakers in the walls allow the visitor to hear the sound coming from the exhibition facility, and not from the visible loudspeaker. His attention is not distracted by devices unrelated to the exhibition. Thanks to the use of various solutions, it was possible to create an exhibition that draws visitors into the world of Józef Piłsudski and enables the full experience of the history contained in it.”
Courtesy of Phono Media
Panphonics was founded in 1997 to develop audio elements intended to be used as components for audio applications across different industries. During its first five years of operation, the company focused only on R&D. The first commercial products were sold in early 2003, and during 2004 the company moved from trial marketing into commercialisation. Nowadays our main customer segments are museums, retail, banks, pharmacies, corporate video conferencing, airports, houses of worship, control rooms and universities.
Panphonics loudspeakers are based on the electrostatic princible and use an audio element invented by the renowned Finnish inventor, Kari Kirjavainen. The initial technology study was carried out in cooperation with the Technical Research Centre of Finland during the early 1990’s, with governmental funding from the Finnish National Technology Agency.
On top of our own line of directional speaker products, we are a technology licensor for industrial audio manufacturers and other audio solution providers, either directly or through resellers.