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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 27, 2012

Where To Hide a Home Speaker System? In Plain Sight!

Filed under: Home Theater,How-To — Tags: , — Amie C @ 7:01 am

Panels for your fridge to match the surrounding cupboards, invisible magnets holding cupboard doors shut . . . sometimes the best place to hide something is in plain sight. If your room or personal style doesn’t lend itself to a freestanding home speaker system, you may be looking for options that give you a that ‘invisible’ look.

5.1 Surround Sound = A Lot of Hiding!

How do you hide an entire 5.1 surround sound system?  Turns out there are lots of ways!  First and perhaps easiest, you can do what chameleons have been doing for centuries . . . just take on the same appearance as your surroundings!  Get loudspeakers finished in the same wood as the rest of your furniture, or take it a step further and use a paintable finish.

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February 3, 2012

Superbowl Sound: Four Tips For Four Amazing Quarters

Filed under: How-To — Tags: , — Amie C @ 11:59 am

Superbowl Sound: The best footballparties this weekend will have Team Axioms!

Hosting the big game at your place this weekend? You’ll hear every call if your Superbowl sound is coming from a well set-up surround sound speaker system.

Getting great Superbowl sound relies on a few factors:

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  1. Power:  without enough of it, your gametime audio is like a quarterback who forgot his Wheaties.  Make sure you you have enough amplifier power to do justice to the speakers.  Not sure how to tell?  Most manufacturers publish at least a maximum amp power – try to get as close to that as possible.  Axiom publishes a minimum power as well, so make sure you have at least that much power going in!  Tip from the Secret Playbook:  The bigger your room, the closer to the maximum amplifier you should be to get that won’t-watch-the-game-anywhere-else-every-again experience.
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January 18, 2012

Front Speakers: Bookshelf, Floorstanding, In-Wall, On-Wall or In-Cabinet?

Bryant's Home Theater: FinishedChoosing the best front speakers for your room can seem overwhelming at first.  There are so many variations of the traditional stereo speakers that you can’t be blamed for yearning for the early days of one-size fits all brown wooden speakers with bright orange woofers.

Don’t despair: help is at hand!  Here’s a guide to today’s loudspeaker formats and how to choose the best ones for your room.

First, the big boys: floorstanding speakers.  Also called tower speakers, these larger models don’t need stands and they don’t compromise on sound, either!  The large array of drivers (woofers and tweeters) mean that the full spectrum of sound is reproduced, and the larger cabinet means larger volume and that translates into more sound at high levels.  It’s a matter of physics.

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