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AV Receiver and Amplifier Power Ratings Trends: Manipulating Wattage Ratings AV Receiver and Amplifier Power Ratings Trends: Manipulating Wattage Ratings Ever wonder how receiver and amplifier power ratings are measured? How "accurate" are they really? This article and YouTube video explores the trends in wattage ratings and how its changed over time.
The Truth About Matching Amplifier Power to Loudspeakers The Truth About Matching Amplifier Power to Loudspeakers Do you need to match amplifier power to your loudspeakers? Clipping, impedance, heat, sensitivity, blown drivers, and other mysteries are explored in this article.
Setting the A/V Receiver Impedance Selector Switch Setting the A/V Receiver Impedance Selector Switch This article explores the purpose and function of the impedance switch found on some A/V receivers. Tradeoffs of following manufacturers recommended settings are also discussed. YouTube video inside.
Objective Loudspeaker Measurements to Predict Subjective Preferences?  Objective Loudspeaker Measurements to Predict Subjective Preferences? Accurately measuring loudspeaker performance is a universal problem among most loudspeaker manufacturers and review publications. Dr. Floyd Toole discusses the science of measuring loudspeakers.
Early Reflections in Home Theater Rooms: Beneficial or Detrimental? Early Reflections in Home Theater Rooms: Beneficial or Detrimental? Are early reflections in small rooms beneficial to the sound quality of what we hear in our home theater speaker systems or are they a detriment? This article and YouTube video addresses answers that.
Can Good Amplifier Design Mitigate Sonic Differences Between Cables? Can Good Amplifier Design Mitigate Sonic Differences Between Cables? Designing an amplifier to be too stable and protected to prevent damage or fire during misuse or short circuiting will result in sound degradation. Is this true or yet another audio myth we uncovered?
Headphones: Comparision Buying Guide Headphones: Comparision Buying Guide Headphone Buying Guide: If you're confused by the various styles of headphones/earphones, read this comparison guide. We identify and compare relative strengths and weaknesses of each headphone type.
FAQ: DIY Speaker Kits, Dolby Atmos Placement Tips and Wi-Fi Help FAQ: DIY Speaker Kits, Dolby Atmos Placement Tips and Wi-Fi Help This week we answer questions from our YouTube Channel on DIY speaker kits vs finished products, Wi-Fi network stability issues, Dolby Atmos speaker placement and subwoofer purchasing decisions.
FAQ: Converting a Room to a Home Theater FAQ: Converting a Room to a Home Theater This FAQ discusses converting a regular room into a theater room covering such topics as: running dedicated 20A lines for amps and subs, passing cables through walls and passive treatments for bass.
How to Make Your Own DIY Speaker Cables How to Make Your Own DIY Speaker Cables This article explains how to make your own DIY speaker cables to save money and create the exact cables for your needs. From low resistance zip cord to braided audio cables, make them for less.