Improvements in sound technology are one thing. Changing the way we hear it altogether is another.


From removing the cone diaphragms found in traditional speakers to the use of 21st century bending wave modal technology, Tectonic leads the charge in ground-breaking audio innovation. Hear the difference in the crystal-clear voice intelligibility and wide directivity achieved in our Distributed Mode Loudspeakers (DML) and devices that utilize our Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drive units and exciters.

Our Story

Our technology story began with research conducted by the British Ministry of Defense that was quickly snapped up by a conglomerate of audio companies in the United Kingdom. Recognizing the potential in an early embodiment of the technology, NXT was formed to research, develop and commercialize the technology. In 2012, Tectonic began to further the research and development focused around solving the problems of intelligibility and coverage in public spaces.

Original DML Basecase Patent Filed


Patent described the core methodology required to turn a flat panel into a DML.

DML Research


For the five years following the basecase patent filing, extensive work was done by a team of physicists and mathematicians to understand bending wave modal technology for audio applications.

Core Balance Mode Radiator (BMR) Patent Filed


Core BMR patent was filed, with the rights later acquired by Tectonic. BMR provides similar intelligibility and coverage benefits as DML, but is better suited for smaller applications.

Tectonic Launches Professional Series Distributed mode Loud Speaker


Tectonic Audio Labs acquires the rights to DML for sound reinforcement and launches its first professional DML in market, the PL-12.

DML Patent Filed


Building upon the original DML basecase patent, Tectonic files the patent, Audio Transducer Stabilization System and Method, which delivers stability at high power levels, through defined placement of exciters on a panel.

Smart Home Integration


Tectonic Audio Labs completes their first smart home application utilizing a BMR in a voice enabled loudspeaker in the First Alert Onelink Safe and Sound Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm.

Work With Us

If you enjoy being on the cutting-edge of innovation, have a passion for audio technology and relish the chance to be part of a fast-growing startup, you may be a great fit for Tectonic Audio Labs. Our work environment at the Woodinville headquarters is fun and fast-paced. If your drive for success and skill set matches any of our open positions, we’d love to hear from you.

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Bending Wave Technology: An Audio Game Changer

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September 23, 2019

Tectonic Audio Labs’ Rapid Growth Results in Rank of No. 2556 on the 2019 Inc. 5000

WOODINVILLE, Wash., Sept. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Inc. magazine ranked Tectonic Audio Labs No. 2556 on its 38th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking […]

September 4, 2019

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