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November 1, 2009

A/V Question of the Month: Power for Bass Notes

Q. I would like a technical explanation as to why it requires more power to recreate a bass note. Also, I find several references about crossovers dividing frequencies. I would like an explanation as to how the crossover diverts the majority of the power from the input signal to the woofer when using a single amplifier. — Bryan

A. Thanks for your e-mail and interesting questions.

All audible sounds have wavelengths. Bass sounds that are reproduced by a woofer have long wavelengths. Think of big ocean waves. The wavelength is the distance between the peak of one big wave to the peak of the next.

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Chasing the Big Picture: Seven Tips to Getting a Big Screen TV

Filed under: Home Theater — Tags: , , — Amie C @ 1:12 pm

We all want bigger screens for increased impact because larger TV screens, like high-quality 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround sound systems, pull us into the movie action or TV show’s story line just the way big movie theater screens and sound systems do. But a too-large TV can really overpower a room. To get the right big-screen TV for your needs, you’ll need to consider screen size, the display technology, your budget, seating distance and viewing preferences.

1. Choose the Right Screen Size for your Room

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