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October 18, 2011

A Matter of Scale: What Is the “Correct” Speaker Volume?

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month — Tags: , — Alan @ 11:41 am

'Crank it to eleven'? What is the correct speaker volume?

“Has anyone noticed that when playing back music, every source has a “correct” volume? By that I mean the sweet spot.

“Increase the volume just 1 more and it becomes too loud and blaring, decrease it 1 less (than the sweet spot) and you can’t quite achieve lift-off. Not enough “grunt factor” to rock out (or jazz out or symphony out or country out or…)

“It seems that each source has a perfect volume that varies. Or is this just me?” — Audiosavant

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October 11, 2011

7.1 Surround Speakers: How Many Channels Are Necessary for Faithful Recreation?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , — Alan @ 1:51 pm

In the multi-channel world of Dolby Digital 7.1 surround speakers and surround sound, we don’t often stop to question what is it exactly that we’re looking for (or more accurately, listening for) when we judge how good a surround sound speaker system sounds as it plays back our favorite movies and music.

Are we looking for a “faithful re-creation” of a musical event by our home stereo or surround systems, as if we were hearing it in the very concert hall or club or studio where it was recorded? Or are we looking for a plausible illusion of musicians in our living room?

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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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