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March 12, 2013

Connecting A Subwoofer: What Goes Where?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , , , — Amie C @ 9:38 am

Connecting a SubwooferContinuing in our series of videos about subwoofer setup, Axiom Engineer Andrew Welker gives us an idea of what you need to know about subwoofer connections.  It can be confusing – XLR, Line Level, RCA . . . what’s the right one to use?

Andrew  Welker:  Today we’re going to talk a little bit about connecting a subwoofer to a receiver.  Connecting a subwoofer is not very difficult, particularly as most home theater receivers now have dedicated Subwoofer Outputs on them.  The first thing that I want to mention is that before you make any connections it’s a good idea to make sure that the power is off to the receiver and the subwoofer.   You’re not necessarily going to damage anything, but it can cause some startling bangs and noises if things are not right.

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November 23, 2010

How much better is 6.1 or 7.1 channels than a standard Dolby Digital 5.1-channel setup?

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , , — Alan @ 2:37 pm

Q. How much better is 6.1 or 7.1 channels than a standard Dolby Digital 5.1-channel setup? Am I losing something by not adding the additional one or two back speakers?

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September 3, 2010

Is Your Home Theater Setup Ruining Your Movie Experience?

It’s always exciting for audio/video enthusiasts and novices alike when their new speakers, big flat-screen TV, A/V receiver and other components arrive at the front door, ready to be unboxed and set up for the first movie viewing and home theater experience.

Sometimes, however, after setup, the initial impact of the experience may not meet the owner’s expectations. Disappointment ensues.

Frequently (with a couple of exceptions I’ll get to later) it’s through no intrinsic fault of the newly purchased audio-video equipment, but rather just plain old mistakes in system setup.

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