The Importance of Smart Home Technology

Music streaming and reproduction in multiple areas of the home is now very easily possible without the need for wall mounted complex and costly control panels.

HARMAN and Quirky Partner to Power the Next Generation of Sound

Companies launch global Invention Challenge to imagine the headphones of tomorrow

Ebode Bluetooth Speaker and Universal Receiver

Looking for improved sound from your mobile device? Peter van Dam reviews a wireless Bluetooth speaker and a universal Bluetooth receiver

Introducing: The Erudite Audio Verbositor mkIV

I can assure you, dear reader, that the Erudite Audio Verbositor mkIV sports the most impressive display of buttons, knobs and blinky lights this Audiophile poser has ever had the privilege to drool over ;-)

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

Digital to Analog Audio Conversion

Computers use a binary counting method that allows them to work with very large numbers - and the size of this number depends on how many bits they have.  In the case of most recordings, 16 bits are used to count.  In the case of the PS DAC, 32 bits are possible.  So all that happens is the analog music signal goes into a digital counting device and the musical energy is converted to numbers - bigger numbers for higher levels and smaller numbers for lower levels of music.

The Sweet Spot

As an audiophile you want the best performance, and you probably aren't above spending money and trying tweaks of various sorts to help you get it. But there are real improvements that can be had without extra accessories or emptying your wallet.

Amplifying circuitry can be made better without more complexity and without more feedback. The best part of this for do-it-yourselfers is that these are things that can be done on your own bench, costing mostly just the time it takes to tweak the circuit and evaluate the results. Moreover, this approach is not seen on the factory floor - for most manufacturers it's simply too time consuming to do, and the rest probably never heard of it.

Audio Oddities: Solving Subwoofer Troubles

It's not uncommon for a new subwoofer owner to have problems getting the subwoofer to produce audible output. More often than not, it's usually a matter of choosing the right menu items in the AV receiver, but there are some simple tests you can make to ensure that the subwoofer itself is activating properly and producing output.

Secrets of Amplifier and Speaker Power Requirements Revealed

As audio/video hobbyists, most of us grew up thinking that if we have an amplifier with 50 watts of rated output power into 8-ohm speakers, and that combination produces reasonably clean and loud music, then by doubling the amplifier power to 100 watts per channel, the system would then play twice as loud. Many readers likely still believe that. Not so.

How the iPort is changing the face of Home Systems

No industry or brand has ever grown without extending its reach to more people. iPad is a bridge to a larger market. It is making more people aware of the choice for an automated home and at a fractional price for the interface.  That's important as it opens up more customers to the dealers.

Surround Sound Technology Training

As far back as 1940, with Walt Disney's production of "Fantasia", surround sound has been a concept that nearly everyone finds exciting. Consumer electronics tried to take advantage of surround for music in the early 1970s with various forms of quadraphonic sound. It never really became a mainstream success, however, due to limited recorded software and much more expensive phono cartridges or tape decks needed to play it back.

The First Watt B1 Buffer Preamp

So here we are in the New Millennium, and thanks to Tom Holman and THX we've got lots of gain in our electronics. More gain than some of us need or want. At least 10 db more. Think of it this way: If you are running your volume control down around 9 o'clock, you are actually throwing away signal level so that a subsequent gain stage can make it back up. Routinely DIYers opt to make themselves a "passive preamp" - just an input selector and a volume control. What could be better? Hardly any noise or distortion added by these simple passive parts. No feedback, no worrying about what type of capacitors - just musical perfection. And yet there are guys out there who don't care for the result. "It sucks the life out of the music", is a commonly heard refrain (really - I'm being serious here!). Maybe they are reacting psychologically to the need to turn the volume control up compared to an active preamp. I suppose if I had to floor the accelerator to drive 55 mph, maybe I'd think the life was being sucked out of my driving. Then again, maybe I like 55. Nice and safe, good gas mileage…

What's a Home Without Music!

Choosing a qualified A-V contractor and including a music and family room theater will help you grow your business and improve your bottom line.

Moving Beyond the Cineplex: Impactful Home Theater through Tactile Technology

Tactile technology promises to deliver personalised, realistic impact through aesthetically pleasing (hidden) design, and straightforward integration without jeopardising our family's hearing. When choosing between types of tactile device, customers should select products based on discerning need-to-performance analysis. Frequency range, flatness of frequency response and efficiency are all important considerations. Other factors include uniformity of motion, power requirements, gain and level control, interoperability with control systems, and cost.

How to Achieve Wireless Surround Sound Using Amphony's New 5.8 GHz Transmitter/Amplifier

Sometimes people flinch at the idea of "going wireless" with audio because they are afraid that the sound quality will suffer. Amphony took those worries to heart and their product will put any sound connoisseur's mind at ease.

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