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January 28, 2011

Which surround sound speakers? Bookshelf or Tower Speakers?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , — Alan @ 3:33 pm

Q. My room is 19 ft. x 11 ft. x 8 ft. and I sit 8.5 ft. from the speakers. Should I use the QS4′s or QS8′s for my rears? My left/right separation for the front towers will be 5 or 6 feet. I like the M60′s, but should I go for the M22s? Thanks. — Phil L.

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January 22, 2011

An Update on the Restoration of the ’41 GMC Truck

Filed under: Fun around the factory — Amie C @ 10:05 am

Were you one of the many car aficionados at the Axiom Anniversary party who checked out the restoration of Ian’s Grandad’s ’41 GMC half-ton pick up truck? If so, this update is for you!

Steve Readman has been working hard getting all the parts sourced and the body parts cleaned up and painted. He’s restoring the truck to the original blue it was when Ian’s mother learned to drive on it.

Below are pictures of Steve with the truck yesterday, as well as the front grill, the engine, the dash and the steering column.

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January 21, 2011

What are “balanced connections” and the benefits of balanced cable?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , , , — Alan @ 3:22 pm

Q. Some expensive A/V preamp-processors and power amplifiers offer “balanced connections.” And the new Axiom EP600 and EP500 subs also have them. What are they, and are “unbalanced” connections inferior to balanced? What would I gain in performance using balanced cable? – J.C.

Balanced Connector

Balanced Connector

Used almost universally in the world of recording studios and professional broadcasters, balanced cable use a three-wire cable fitted with very secure and solid “XLR” connectors (sometimes called “Cannon” connectors). The three-wire balanced configuration is composed of an outer shield surrounding two out-of-phase inner wires that carry the positive and negative portions of the signal. This enables running very long cables–hundreds of feet if necessary– between amplifiers and preamps or between microphones and a mixing console without picking up hum or interference and without significant signal loss.

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January 14, 2011

A/V Receiver Power – Leave Off or On?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , — Alan @ 3:11 pm

Q. Should I turn my A/V receiver power off, or, like my computer, just leave it on all the time? Does it draw lots of power on startup causing undue strain over time? If I do leave it on, should I turn the volume to zero or is mute ok? Thanks. – I.Z.

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