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July 7, 2012

Audio Troubleshooting: Subwoofers

EP500 Subwoofer in Maple With Natural StainA question on our Youtube channel this week inspired a little post to help you with audio troubleshooting subwoofers.  No sound?  No idea why?  Here are 5.1 (naturally) tests you can try at home to see what the culprit may be.

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  1.  Is it the coaxial cable itself?  Test this by connecting your subwoofer in what’s called the  ‘high level’ way:  use speaker wire to make the connection. If it makes sound, then it’s the coaxial cable that is at fault and you need to replace the cable.
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June 18, 2012

Hot Home Speaker Setups: Five Tips For Superior Sound In Your Home

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month — Tags: , , — Amie C @ 5:10 pm

Remember the first time you heard a hot home speaker setup – the kind that had you actually flinching as special surround sound effects went off beside and behind you?  The thrill, the excitement of a superior surround setup – that’s why we all got into this hobby, right?  If it’s been a while since you felt that excitement, here are five tips for getting the magic back. . .

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June 8, 2012

Placing On Wall Speakers

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month — Tags: , — Amie C @ 1:26 pm
On Wall M3 Speakers in Natural Rosewood

On Wall M3 Speakers pictured in our Real Wood Rosewood Finish

If you’re considering on wall speakers to go with your flat-screen plasma or LCD display, you may be wondering if there are any special placement considerations you need to take into account, or if they can go just about anywhere.

I spoke to Audio Expert Brent Tombari to find out what he recommends.

“Many people pair on wall speakers with large 40 or 60-inch displays.  My recommendation is to mount the speakers as closely as possible to the edges of the screen in order to fill the screen area with sound.”

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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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