. A method of making a loudspeaker having a bending wave panel mounted to an enclosure, a vibration exciter fixed to the panel for launching bending wave energy into the panel, a flexible surround suspension for the panel, and an acoustic absorber for filling the space between the panel and the enclosure, comprising the steps of:
applying a layer of adhesive to one face of the panel along the perimeter thereof;
placing a piece of uncompressed foam on said one face of the panel so as to cover said one face and contact the adhesive;
applying heat and pressure to the panel and the foam along the perimeter thereof to compress the foam and cure the adhesive so as to form a surround suspension that is bonded to the panel and is denser than the acoustic absorber foam bounded by the surround suspension;
removing the heat and pressure from the panel and the foam; and
assembling the panel, with integral surround suspension and acoustic absorber, to the enclosure.