With summer in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re getting more and more people with questions about outdoor speakers – which ones to use and how to get them to really sing in an outdoor installation.
You really have to choose true outdoor speakers. They have to be able to take the abuse of intense sun and heat in summer and cold weather during winter months, not to mention being waterproof. Axiom’s Algonquin outdoor speakers, for example, are built in Canada, and are tested to withstand the climate extremes of Northern Ontario (hot summers, bone-chilling winters). Log in
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Axiom's best surround speakers for medium to large rooms, the QS8s, in Maple with a Nutmeg stain.
Wherever you are, just stop and listen for a moment. Be alert to all the sounds you’re hearing. If you’re outside in a city, or in the country, there’ll likely be a multitude of sounds impinging on your ears from every direction. Even if you’re in an office, you’ll notice the familiar ambient sounds—the background whir of the air-circulation system, the tapping of keys on computer keyboards, distant muffled city sounds (unless the windows are open), and so on. Log in
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Virtually all but perhaps the most tech-obsessive geeks (and I count myself among that group) hate the hassle of wiring up a 5.1-channel (or 7.1-channel) home theater system—stringing those speaker cables under rugs or along the walls to each of five different speakers and a subwoofer, or “fishing” them through the walls to an outlet where the speaker is located. Consequently, the audio-video panacea of so-called “wireless” speaker systems holds enormous appeal, and various manufacturers have rushed in to fill the void.
Articles online and in audio-video magazines as well as ads have been positively gushing over the wonders of “wireless” speakers. Log in
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Shopping for a new home theater system this holiday season? Or perhaps you’re considering upgrading existing stereo speakers into a full-blown home theater? Maybe you’re relegating the old home-theater-in-a-box to the basement with the old TV, and getting a great new home theater to keep up with your new flat-screen high-definition display.
Before you head out the door, here are three tips to keep in mind when you compare home theater systems: Log in
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