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December 24, 2013

When Should You Use Port Plugs?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,How-To — Tags: , , — Andrew Welker @ 8:41 am

We have recently started shipping our newest product, the M100 Floorstanding Speaker, which is the first model of ours to come with port plugs. A port plug, as its name suggests, is simply something that will plug one of the loudspeaker ports, keeping air from moving in and out of the cabinet.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to use these, and they are going to be offered on the website as an accessory, so I’ll also cover where you might want to use these other than for the model M100.

When you place a loudspeaker in a room, if it has to be close to anything called a room boundary (back walls, side walls), you get something called boundary reinforcement happening. Boundary reinforcement will tend to accentuate the mid-bass frequencies. In a speaker like the M100 that has very good low frequency extension and output capabilities, you can easily end up with ‘too much of a good thing’ in those environments. And if you’re in a small listening room or environment, you can find that because everything is closer to the boundaries that you’ll also get that midbass accentuation, which can be too much of a good thing and can actually make things sound really slow and congested.

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September 17, 2012

Quick Tip: 2.1 Channel System or Floorstanding Speakers?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , — Amie C @ 11:57 am
2.1 Channel System

F16Thud's Ski Chalet 2.1 channel system

A recent Wall’o’Fame submission of a customer’s beautiful 2.1 channel system got me thinking: how do you know if you’re better off with sat/sub combination or two floorstanding speakers?

Turns out the answer is pretty simple: it’s a matter of taste!  A bookshelf-speaker-and-subwoofer combination can do an excellent job of reproducing both highs and lows.  It’s a significant step up from the speakers built into your television, and it does a great job of providing high-quality sound in a small room, den, dorm, or an apartment where running wires for surround sound isn’t feasible.

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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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July 13, 2011

Floor Standing vs. Bookshelf Speakers?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , — Alan @ 4:04 pm
Floor Standing Speakers in High Gloss Rosewood

M80 Floor Standing Speakers in High Gloss Rosewood

It’s always a perplexing audio question to newcomers and to experienced home theater and stereo enthusiasts alike: Which type and size of loudspeaker do you go for? The compact and easily placed “bookshelf” speaker (small enough to fit onto or be supported by a typical bookshelf) or the relatively large floor standing speaker, which no matter the size, is still going to occupy some floor space because, well, duh, it stands on the floor! And it’s inevitably going to make its presence known as a piece of furniture.

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