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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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February 25, 2014

Our Newest Flagship Model: The M100

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,Stereo,What's New — Andrew Welker @ 10:54 am

In today’s post, Ian Colquhoun and Andrew Welker explain the evolution of the newest Axiom speaker, the M100 floorstanding speaker, recently released from beta.

Ian Colquhoun:  The M100 is quite large and contains three 6.5-inch high powered drivers.  The whole goal behind this product came from the return to stereo out there.   We’re finding with a lot of our customers are looking for very high-powered, natural-sounding stereo pairs of speakers with large soundstages.

The M100 has been in development for four or five years now. Over that period of time, Andrew has developed a new woofer and a new tweeter, which were both a part of this project. We’ve found that people are returning to two-channel systems and sometimes using just two speakers in a very large space. We wanted to make sure that people could play these loudspeakers loud and clean, use big amplification, and have no compression happening in the bass whatsoever.

Andrew Welker: We started with what was then our flagship the M80, which has been around since the mid 90s. That’s not a speaker we ever looked at as having any sort of limitation. It has good frequency response, good extension, sounds great, can play loud . . . there really weren’t any major identifiable issues. But in most applications, our customers were using M80s in the context of a home theater system with a subwoofer.

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