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July 22, 2014

Outdoor Speaker Placement

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,How-To,Stereo,Uncategorized — Tags: — Andrew Welker @ 3:51 pm

Today’s topic is Outdoor Speaker placement.  There are a variety of options available for placing them, and some things you need to keep in mind when you are positioning and mounting them, because outdoor speakers, depending on the environment,  may not work the same way as a pair of speakers in your living room or home theater.

Let’s take a screened-in outdoor room as an example.  This is an environment that is as close as you’re going to get to an actual enclosed room.  You’ve got boundaries: you’ve got a rear wall, you’ve got side walls.  You’re going to get reasonable sound reinforcement from those boundaries.  This helps with bass, as well as sensitivity and efficiency (or the perceived level of the speaker for a given amplifier power.)

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July 16, 2012

Using Airplay to Control The Sound on Your Patio Speakers

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , , — Amie C @ 12:02 pm

Transmitting sound to your patio speakers

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and you use iTunes, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

First, you need a pair of patio speakers.  Ideally you’ll mount them up under eaves or an overhang that allows them to be somewhat protected from the elements.  Speakers that mount flush to the wall can be subject to vibration, so try to mount them on brackets that give them a little breathing space.

Bonus: not only will that reduce vibration, it will also help the overall sound of the speakers.

President’s wife 🙂 Defacto, that makes her an audio guinea pig, whose only request to the lab is to always run sample products in colors that blend in with the rest of her home!

She considers herself the Audiobyte’s Number 1 fan.

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April 30, 2012

The Sault Blues Speakers

Filed under: Fun around the factory — Tags: , , — Brent @ 4:57 pm

Brent Tombari and the Sault Blues Speakers

Some of you may already know this about me from chatting on the phone or via email: when it comes to music, I love the blues.  And when I choose blues speakers, I choose Axiom 🙂  Recently I had the opportunity to offer a pair of Algonquin Outdoor Speakers to a member of the Sault Blues Society, an organization that I’m a member of.  I also sit on the steering committee.

It’s a great club.  If you live near Sault Ste. Marie or are planning a visit our way this summer, mark your calendars. Our First Annual Blues Festival is June 8 & 9.

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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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