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August 13, 2012

Can You Mix Old and New Speakers in a Home Theater Audio System?

Filed under: AV question,AV Tip of the Month — Amie C @ 5:01 pm

It’s a question we hear a lot: can you mix old and new speakers in a home theater audio system? Good news – you absolutely can! Whether you’re upgrading a home-theater-in-a-box you bought at the local big-box store, or if you’re just starting out with some speakers you found in the garage, here’s the right path to take if you would like to ease into a new home theater system.

If you’ve been listening to the same stereo speakers you got in high school, trust me – times have changed and sound has improved. Start with upgrading these first.

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December 16, 2011

Post Party Blues: The Blown Speaker Test

Ooops!  Did your kid blow your speaker?

Did somebody's hand slip on the volume knob? Better find out how to test for a blown speaker.

It’s almost inevitable. You’ve got the neighborhood / the office / the baseball team / the PTA in for some holiday cheer, and the sounds of the season are so good on your Axiom speakers that your guests (or your kids!) keep turning it up . . . and up . . . and up . . . until they crank it a notch too far. How can you tell if damage has been done?  Do you need to do the Blown Speaker test?

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August 29, 2011

SPL App: Can Decibel Meter Apps Keep Up With Actual Decibel Meters?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: — Amie C @ 6:01 am
Can an SPL App keep up with the real thing?

Can an SPL App keep up with the real thing?

Like a lot of you audiophiles, from time to time Ian gets the urge to tweak his setup, and as he was doing so the other day, a visiting friend was checking out his vintage Lutron SPL meter in amazement. (Truthfully, the styling is . . . rather retro!)  For kicks, we asked her if there was an SPL App available for iPad and clickity-click, there was!

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July 20, 2011

Interesting Subwoofer Adaptor Question

Filed under: AV question — Alan @ 1:31 pm

I received an interesting question today that I thought other audio enthusiasts might be interested in:

Q.  Hello, I have a question for the EP500 subwoofer input phone, the stereo signal then summed to a mono signal, or only one channel is used, I would like to have a preamp and connect both channels on The Subwoofer,I could take a phone to rca adapter, would that work? thank you ever sincerely in advance for them.

with best greetings

Mario T

My response to Mario was as follows:

A.  Thanks for your question.

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