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I can't say I was familiar with 'NXT' technology, apparently the technique that made all those slick-looking but poor-sounding flat-panel speakers possible a few years back. It seems the technology itself can actually be used to make some pretty decent sounds—sound that can be heard from a variety of listening positions, instead of right in front of the speakers. Mission is using NXT in their new M-Cube 5.1 home theater system and as reviewing get pretty high marks, spreading sound throughout rooms in a way that "needs to be heard to be believed," according to the reviewer. They are pricey, though, at £1,200—nearly $2,250.

MISSION M-CUBE [MirrorUK via Tech-Digest]