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August 9, 2011

Home Theater Subwoofer Placement: A How-To and Poll

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month,Home Theater — Tags: — Alan @ 5:17 pm

Home theater subwoofer placementMost of us understand that the subwoofer in a home theater system takes over the job of producing much of the deep bass energy from the other speakers in the system. “Deep bass energy” is defined as the deepest bass from 100 Hz down to almost subterranean frequencies of 20 Hz or lower.

But to be able to hear and thrill to those powerful bass frequencies depends a lot on the home theater subwoofer placement in the room. This occurs because the subwoofer interacts with the actual dimensions of any given room, creating zones of very powerful bass contrasted with areas where you’ll hear little or no bass. You may have noticed this if you walk around the room while deep bass is playing.

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August 5, 2011

Speakers for Home Theater: The Facts and Fallacies

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Looking for the best speakers for home theater? First, ignore the myth often perpetuated on the internet that there are speakers that are “best for music” and others that are “best for home theater.” The best speakers for home theater are the ones that are great with music; that is, they’re transparent and natural-sounding.

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August 4, 2011

The Quest For The Best Home Speakers: What Should You Look For?

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month — Tags: , , — Alan @ 2:53 pm

Silverwood Theater with The Best Home Speakers Small speakers are best suited to smaller rooms; large open rooms and “great rooms” will need much larger speakers to recreate music at natural, loud, undistorted listening levels.

However, in a phrase, the best home speakers are those that “disappear” into the music. In effect they deliver the truest high fidelity to all instruments and vocals so that they are like an open window into the music, neither exaggerating nor diminishing any part of the musical range we all hear. Singers should sound as if they’re in the room. Vocals shouldn’t be harsh or piercing; they should be smooth and natural.

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