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August 29, 2011

SPL App: Can Decibel Meter Apps Keep Up With Actual Decibel Meters?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: — Amie C @ 6:01 am
Can an SPL App keep up with the real thing?

Can an SPL App keep up with the real thing?

Like a lot of you audiophiles, from time to time Ian gets the urge to tweak his setup, and as he was doing so the other day, a visiting friend was checking out his vintage Lutron SPL meter in amazement. (Truthfully, the styling is . . . rather retro!)  For kicks, we asked her if there was an SPL App available for iPad and clickity-click, there was!

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August 24, 2011

Could High End Speakers Become Popular Again? A New Study Thinks So

Filed under: Question of the Month — Tags: , — Amie C @ 11:25 am

Will the quality of high-end audio finally trump the convenience of portability? Photo credit: Plusverde

Let’s face it: in the 70s and 80s, the bigger the speaker, the better.  Brown grilles, orange woofer detailing – if you were serious about audio, it showed!

And then came the minimalist 90s . . . everything became tiny and invisible and as to quality?  Well, it sounded better than your boom box or Walkman, right?

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August 19, 2011

Home Surround Sound vs Movie Surround Sound: What’s the Difference?

Home surround sound vs cinema surround soundWhat are the differences and the similarities between home surround sound and movie surround sound systems?

In the way both systems work, the goals of each are essentially identical—to provide a big stereo soundstage at the front, with a dedicated center channel speaker in the middle that anchors the actors’ dialogue at the movie screen or video display, and at least two or more surround speakers at the sides of the theater (or your room at home), with the option of two additional surrounds on the back wall. In both systems, an almighty subwoofer or two deliver the deep bass sounds of music and movie special effects.

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August 11, 2011

Choosing The Best Home Theater Speakers: Three Must-Know Tips

best home theater speakersChoosing the best home theater speakers can seem overwhelming – with hundreds of speakers on the market, how do you get the right ones for your room?

Relax, there are some simple tips that can help steer you in the right direction.  By looking at these three tips,  you’ll be armed with the information you need to buy the best home theater speakers that meet your requirements and budget:

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