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July 25, 2011

Outdoor Speakers: Two Factors That Make a Difference

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month — Tags: , — Alan @ 4:45 pm

With summer in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re getting more and more people with questions about outdoor speakers – which ones to use and how to get them to really sing in an outdoor installation.

outdoor speakers

You really have to choose true outdoor speakers. They have to be able to take the abuse of intense sun and heat in summer and cold weather during winter months, not to mention being waterproof. Axiom’s Algonquin outdoor speakers, for example, are built in Canada, and are tested to withstand the climate extremes of Northern Ontario (hot summers, bone-chilling winters).

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July 22, 2011

5.1 Surround Sound: Are You Getting It?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , — Alan @ 6:14 am

5.1 surround sound

The system of Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound found in movie theaters all over the world is now available to consumers in even the least expensive AV receivers. But new home theater customers are often unsure if they have everything set up correctly. How do you know if you’re actually listening to 5.1 surround sound?

If you don’t have a total of six speakers in your setup – three channels across the front (left front, center channel, right front) plus two surround speakers (one on each side of the room), and a subwoofer that provides the deep earthquake effects in blockbuster movies—then you won’t hear 5.1 surround sound. (The “5” in that phrase are the main speakers; the “.1” is the deep bass subwoofer.)

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July 20, 2011

3 Speaker Home Theater? Absolutely!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alan @ 9:14 pm

A 3 speaker home theater is a great way to start

To start your 3 speaker home theater, you’re going to need a matching stereo pair of speakers for the left and right front channels. A pair of compact affordable “bookshelf” speakers like the Axiom M2 v3’s or M3 v3s would be an excellent purchase and jumping off point. Those two speakers will handle lots of movie score music and sound effects, as well as serving as highly musical and neutral speakers for any type of music playback.

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Interesting Subwoofer Adaptor Question

Filed under: AV question — Alan @ 1:31 pm

I received an interesting question today that I thought other audio enthusiasts might be interested in:

Q.  Hello, I have a question for the EP500 subwoofer input phone, the stereo signal then summed to a mono signal, or only one channel is used, I would like to have a preamp and connect both channels on The Subwoofer,I could take a phone to rca adapter, would that work? thank you ever sincerely in advance for them.

with best greetings

Mario T

My response to Mario was as follows:

A.  Thanks for your question.

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