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October 25, 2013

Positioning Omnidirectional Speakers

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: — Amie C @ 1:01 pm

Andrew Welker: In this video we’re going to discuss positioning our LFR1100 omnidirectional speakers – both placement and how to wire them up; in particular, some of the settings on the DSP unit.

 As many of you know the LFR1100 is omnidirectional, and that just means it radiates sound in 360 degrees – in all directions. To achieve that, there is a complement of drive units – two midranges and two tweeters – on the back. Because of that, the relative placement of the LFR1100 to the back wall, and the angle at which you’ve got it to the back wall, influences the soundstage, and the way that the sound is going to blend at the listening position.

So one of the things that we recommend – if at all possible – is to allow a couple of feet from the rear of the speaker to the back wall. In this setup here, it’s about 2 feet. If however you need to get the speaker closer than that, there is a boundary compensation switch on the back of the unit.

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September 25, 2013

Subwoofer Amplifiers: Sourcing and Building a Robust Amp

Subwoofer amplifiers vary in weight, size, and length of warranty. What should you look for in a subwoofer amp? In this video, we tell you how we source our amp parts, according to what pieces make a difference.

Andrew Welker: Previously we’ve done a video showing you different adjustments and connections that are available on our subwoofer amplifiers. We decided today to shoot a video in the Axiom Electronic Prototyping Lab (you can see all the components behind us in the small containers).

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August 15, 2013

Building a Tweeter

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,Research — Tags: , — Amie C @ 8:54 am

Following up on our pieces about building a woofer, we thought we’d tell you a little bit about designing and building an Axiom Tweeter. Axiom Founder and President shows you how our current tweeters are built and some design features exclusive to Axiom Audio.

Ian Colquhoun: Today I thought we’d talk about tweeter manufacturing and driver manufacturing. It was really brought about by a post on our forums by regular Socketman, who asked if we build our own drivers, particularly the tweeter, and where we made the tweeter. So I thought I’d clarify that a bit.

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July 15, 2013

The Family of Curves

One thing you may have wondered about Axiom’s research is what is actually being researched from day to day. Ian Colquhoun and Andrew Welker explain the basis of that research and what they use the anechoic chamber for on a daily basis in the following video, the family of curves.

Ian Colquhoun: Today we want to talk about the ‘family of curves’, a topic we feel is not discussed often enough. It’s a topic which is extremely important to the sound of a loudspeaker – it is about what you’re actually going to hear in a room and how we determine that. As for why it’s not talked about enough, I think there are two reasons:

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