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November 14, 2011

Dual Subwoofers: Tweaky Audiophile Thing or The Secret To Smooth Sound?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,AV Tip of the Month,Home Theater — Tags: , — Amie C @ 7:49 am

Dual subwoofers at Raven Manor

Dual subwoofers: the concept may seem like something only tweaky audiophiles would do, but in reality, it may be just what your home theater needs to get the smoothest subsonic sound on the block.

It’s About the Increasing The Output: New home design in the last couple of decades has produced a lot of rooms that have soaring high ceilings, and these rooms have huge air mass.  Here’s the part where we get a little technical: it requires significant sound pressure levels (SPL) to fill a room this big, and a single subwoofer may not be enough to do so, depending on the size of your room.

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October 18, 2011

A Matter of Scale: What Is the “Correct” Speaker Volume?

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month — Tags: , — Alan @ 11:41 am

'Crank it to eleven'? What is the correct speaker volume?

“Has anyone noticed that when playing back music, every source has a “correct” volume? By that I mean the sweet spot.

“Increase the volume just 1 more and it becomes too loud and blaring, decrease it 1 less (than the sweet spot) and you can’t quite achieve lift-off. Not enough “grunt factor” to rock out (or jazz out or symphony out or country out or…)

“It seems that each source has a perfect volume that varies. Or is this just me?” — Audiosavant

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September 28, 2011

Center Speaker Placement: Crystal Clear Dialog At Last!

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month,How-To — Tags: , — Amie C @ 3:40 pm

Getting center speaker placement right is key.

You’ve finally got 5.1 surround sound in your house and you’re all settled in with a big bowl of popcorn and your favorite movie – you know the one – that will really show off your new system.

But . . . something’s lacking.  The dialog isn’t as clear as you were expecting.  What gives?

There are a few hard-and-fast rules to center speaker placement that can really make a difference in whether your system sounds like it was professionally set up.

First:  Check Your Receiver Settings

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August 9, 2011

Home Theater Subwoofer Placement: A How-To and Poll

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month,Home Theater — Tags: — Alan @ 5:17 pm

Home theater subwoofer placementMost of us understand that the subwoofer in a home theater system takes over the job of producing much of the deep bass energy from the other speakers in the system. “Deep bass energy” is defined as the deepest bass from 100 Hz down to almost subterranean frequencies of 20 Hz or lower.

But to be able to hear and thrill to those powerful bass frequencies depends a lot on the home theater subwoofer placement in the room. This occurs because the subwoofer interacts with the actual dimensions of any given room, creating zones of very powerful bass contrasted with areas where you’ll hear little or no bass. You may have noticed this if you walk around the room while deep bass is playing.

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