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August 15, 2014

Axiom’s Newest Speaker: The In-Ceiling M3

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew Welker @ 4:28 pm

Axiom’s newest product is the M3 in-ceiling speaker.  It’s a dual solution-oriented product: you can use it anywhere in your home where only an in-ceiling speaker is going to work with your decor, or you can prepare yourself for the most exciting development in home theater in years: the imminent release of Dolby Atmos, which requires in-ceiling speakers to add height channels to your surround sound experience.  The M3 in-ceiling is perfect for both applications:  it has high power handling, balanced linear performance, and good bass so a subwoofer is not required.  It’s an audiophile’s dream in-ceiling speaker.

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July 22, 2014

Outdoor Speaker Placement

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,How-To,Stereo,Uncategorized — Tags: — Andrew Welker @ 3:51 pm

Today’s topic is Outdoor Speaker placement.  There are a variety of options available for placing them, and some things you need to keep in mind when you are positioning and mounting them, because outdoor speakers, depending on the environment,  may not work the same way as a pair of speakers in your living room or home theater.

Let’s take a screened-in outdoor room as an example.  This is an environment that is as close as you’re going to get to an actual enclosed room.  You’ve got boundaries: you’ve got a rear wall, you’ve got side walls.  You’re going to get reasonable sound reinforcement from those boundaries.  This helps with bass, as well as sensitivity and efficiency (or the perceived level of the speaker for a given amplifier power.)

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May 1, 2014

Speaker Placement: Unusual Room Layouts and Elevating Speakers

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Andrew Welker @ 10:31 am

Today we’re going to be doing our last video in this series that talks about the basics of loudspeaker placement. We’ll come back to it again if we get some more questions that we didn’t cover. But today we’re going wrap it up by talking about different sized rooms and different layouts, and things that you can try when setting up your speakers.

We’ve already covered the basic floorstanding positioning, toe-in, bookshelf speakers – whether they’re mounted on stands or bookshelves – center channels, subwoofers and so on. Today we’re going to talk about what happens if you have a very large room, a very small room, a rectangular room or a square room: what should you do in those environments.

Rectangular Rooms:  We’ll start with what is most typical: a rectangular-shaped room where you’ll have a long wall and a short wall. There is some argument as to where you should ideally position your system: whether you should put them on the short wall firing down the length of the room, or whether you should be in the near field and on the long wall. That’s going to give you a little bit different perspective. Placing the speakers on the short wall on the narrow dimension of a rectangular room is going to limit the width and the overall soundstage size to a certain extent. But it can also result in more room-filling sound for a smaller seating area.

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April 11, 2014

Positioning Floorstanding Speakers

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,AV Tip of the Month,How-To,Stereo — Andrew Welker @ 5:23 am

Today we’re going to continue our series of discussions on the basics of loudspeaker setup and positioning. We’ve already covered center channels, bookshelf speakers, port plugs, mounting on mounting brackets, and more, and today we’re going to get to floorstanding or tower speakers.

We’ve got an M80 High-Powered floorstanding speaker here in the video so you can get some ideas of what goes on in the room – how it interacts with the loudspeaker – and some simple tips that you can use when you’re first setting up your speakers to try and get the best out of them.

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