Speaker Impedance, Your Amplifier And You.

In the audio world, simple spec numbers rarely adequately describe real-world performance. When a speaker is specified as being "8-Ohms," that is really an oversimplification of a complex issue. A speaker's impedance is different at different frequencies!

Interview - Procella Audio

Procella came into the marketplace with a high-performance speaker system created not in a garage but as a solution for the European headquarters of one of the top audio companies in the world. Taking basic designs that come from a pro audio perspective that includes a strong cinema background, and seasoning them with studio/audiophile sensibilities, these speakers take a 'top down' approach to home theater, bringing the best performance characteristics of reference cinema systems into the home. Procella's scalable concept enables enthusiasts to create systems capable of reproducing the full dynamic range of 96/24 recordings in any room size from a living room to a 40 seat cinema.

Rescue Audio - Part 2 - Once you've found something worth taking home

As you read this, chances are that someone is abandoning a classic audio component-maybe something you always wanted-at a thrift store near you.  Here's how to rescue and enjoy it. This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. Here is Part 1 - Finding the Gems Stay tuned for: Part 3 - Cleaning and touch-up

If One Sub is Good, Are Two Better?

My colleagues and friends who have large vaulted-ceiling rooms all run dual subs. Taste plays a role as well. If you like your music or soundtracks really loud and deep, go for two subs. If you have a huge room and you want really loud sound and deep bass, then look at physically larger subwoofers with bigger amplifiers.

Interview - 3D Sound

3D sound is a unique audio technology developed by sonic emotion in Switzerland and sold on an audio chip . 3D sound technology provides consumer audio and home entertainment devices with the ability to create a virtual 3D soundfield in any listening area, immersing listeners in their favourite music, movies and games in previously unheard dimensions.

Three Home Theater Sound Enhancers You Can Try This Weekend

Home theater fans, audiophiles, and newcomers alike all have one goal in mind: to make their home theater or reproduced music sound better. It's the engine driving most of our loudspeaker and equipment purchases, which is hardly surprising. After all, it's an amazing era we live in where a savvy consumer can assemble some good loudspeakers, an amplifier and CD/DVD or Blu-ray player and achieve sound reproduction or home theater that can often rival or surpass the real thing, and do it in the comfort of your own home.

Invisible In-Wall Speakers

Stealth Acoustics has released the LinearResponsetm (LR) Series of invisible in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. The new models include the LR3, LR6, LR8 and SLR8. They maintain the same basic model alignments of the previous FX and AX lines, only with dramatically enhanced sonic performance.

Outdoor Speaker Installation and Performance

The demand for outdoor entertaining has become increasingly popular, and justifiably so because who doesn't want to enjoy their favorite music poolside on a hot summer day? But to truly get the same experience you get in the living room outdoors, it takes a bit more than toting a battery-powered iPod accessory out to the patio for your next cookout. To help you get a better understanding of outdoor audio, we turned to Stephanie Scola, marketing manager at KEF America, for a few tips.

Definitive Technology Home Theater Speakers

When you set up a home theater system what is the most important component? This is one fact that has not changed since the days of old --- ITSS (It's The Speakers Stupid).

Paradigm CS-60R-30 Ceiling Speakers

Ceiling speakers for home theaters and multi-room systems have caught on in ways I'm sure make hard core audiophiles cringe. Who would have thought that anyone would even consider getting theater quality sound from a drywall ceiling? After all, weren't they invented for airport PA systems --- and we all know that you can't make out anything that is said over those things.

Paradigm Stylus 370 Oudoor Speakers

Summer is on the way so it's time to start thinking about taking your entertainment outside. Outdoor speakers are a special case and of course can cause special problems when it comes to weathering the storm. They not only need to sound good up close, but they also need to project that sound into a void.

Wall Of Sound

We at McIntosh Labs were pretty impressed with ourselves when we realized the McIntosh 2K reference system weighed in at close to one full ton. It never even occurred to us to imagine what kind of McIntosh system might weigh 75 tons. As it turns out, our imagination was not required. Nearly 32 years earlier, Owsley 'Bear' Stanley, Dan Healy and Mark Raizene of the Grateful Dead sound crew and Ron Wickersham and Rick Turner of Alembic Sound dared to dream of such a system.

High Fidelity and Utility for Stuctural Loudspeakers

The Ideal Structural Loudspeaker (ISL) will open up a world of possibilities for this important application. This ISL will produce no acoustic energy in the ceiling structure and greatly reduce vibration while increasing dynamics and dispersion.

OutCast Wireless Outdoor Speaker System

I pulled it out of the box and in about 10 minutes had a new and very full bodied speaker out on the patio playing music from my ipod.

Whole House Speakers: Flat or Phat?

We are now enjoying digital media on the go and throughout our homes in environments and listening situations that were unheard of in the last century.

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