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December 23, 2010

Subwoofer Phase Switch

Filed under: AV question — Tags: — Alan @ 2:57 pm

Q. What does the “Phase” switch on my subwoofer do? Do I set it to 0 or 180?

A. It synchronizes the in-and-out movement of your sub’s woofer with the woofers in the rest of your system so that when the subwoofer cone is “pushing” air out, the other woofer diaphragms are also moving outward. If your subwoofer is on the same plane as your front speakers then set the subwoofer phase switch to 0. If your subwoofer is located anywhere else then try the phase switch in both positions and set it to the position that produces the strongest bass at your listening position. Given the vagaries of bass standing waves that result in all rooms, you may notice no difference at all, in which case set the switch to 0.

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December 20, 2010

Three Things Not to Forget When You Compare Home Theater Systems

Axiom's Epic Midi Home Theater System is a natural winner when you compare home theater systemsShopping for a new home theater system this holiday season? Or perhaps you’re considering upgrading existing stereo speakers into a full-blown home theater? Maybe you’re relegating the old home-theater-in-a-box to the basement with the old TV, and getting a great new home theater to keep up with your new flat-screen high-definition display.

Before you head out the door, here are three tips to keep in mind when you compare home theater systems:

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December 16, 2010

Teach Your Kids A Life Lesson This Holiday Season: Three Simple Steps to The Head of the (Audiophile) Class

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,AV question — Tags: , , — Alan @ 3:14 pm

If you’re of a certain age, you probably remember him: the guy with the dorm room all tricked out with the latest hi-fi system: a vinyl collection to rival a radio station, enormous wooden speakers with brown grilles, and of course, the massive record player, possibly even hanging from the ceiling on chains to avoid any needle-jumping when the party really got started.

Today’s generation of MP3-based music users don’t have that experience. Somehow, docking their highly-compressed music in a $29.99 all-in-one player doesn’t give the same feel of something mystical and magical happening. The music coming out of those players is frequently distorted and almost always altered in unmusical ways.

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December 14, 2010

How to Connect Subwoofer to Receiver? Subwoofer Connection Questions

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , , — Alan @ 2:51 pm

Q. How do I connect the subwoofer to my A/V receiver? I have one cable. Do I plug it into the subwoofer’s left or right input, or both?

A. Use either the left or right line-level RCA jack on the subwoofer. You don’t need to connect it to both, because the inputs are “summed” to mono inside the sub. Connect the remaining RCA male plug at the other end of the shielded coaxial cable to the single “Subwoofer Output” jack on your receiver. It might also be labeled “LFE Out” (Low Frequency Effects) or “Sub Out.” ┬áThat’s it! ┬áSubwoofer connection made easy!

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