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August 8, 2009

Blu-ray – How do you find the sound quality ?

Filed under: Home Theater — JC @ 6:10 pm

Hi,

       Are you satisifed from the sound information and quality which you are getting from the new and recent  movies on Blu-ray . . . Dolby TrueHD – DTS masterHD ?

Frankly, I think that the studios and their sound engineer have quite a long way to travel before they fill my hope and explore the possibilities of high end surround sound system.

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August 1, 2009

Audio Oddities: Solving Subwoofer Troubles

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month — Tags: , , — Alan @ 11:01 pm

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.

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Drivers and the Myth of Tweeter Dome Materials

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , , , — Alan @ 12:38 pm

One recent morning, I put on a new CD I’d received from Amazon, an orchestral work—California Suite – plus several piano concertos, by an obscure and overlooked 20th Century American composer, Hubert Headley, and relaxed with my second mug of coffee.

As I listened to a percussion and timpani passage, there was the metallic “ping” of the tiny triangle deep at the rear of the soundstage, and I thought, “Isn’t it amazing I’m hearing a triangle reproduced so lifelike that it reminds me of how the triangle sounded at the rear of the Carnegie Hall stage at a recent concert.” (The recording, quite nicely done, was actually made in Moscow in 2006 for the Naxos American Classics series, with the Russian Philharmonic conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky and Anna Bogolyubova, piano.)

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