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How to Set Up a Home Studio for Beginners

How to Set Up a Home Studio for Beginners

Creating your own home recording studio will save you time and money in the long run if you do it right. In this article we go over the basics of what is needed for an awesome home studio. From room selection and acoustic treatments to studio monitors and microphones, this article gives you a good idea of where to get started in your home studio for beginners.

Creating your own home recording studio will save you time and money if you do it right. Check out our set up tips and recommendations on room acoustics, speaker selection and other gear needed.

Zahub Shahid — June 25, 2018 00:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Tips To Create Your Home Gaming Room

Tips To Create Your Home Gaming Room

A room dedicated to home gaming has become an almost vintage concept, but it remains as good an idea as ever. If you play a lot of games, be it card and board games, conventional video games, or the latest in virtual reality, it’s nice to have some space set aside for the activity. This article clues you in on some great ideas for decking out your gaming room with an audioholic flare.

Looking to integrate a game room into your home theater. This article gives you some tips and tricks on how to achieve just the right look for your audiohlic home.

Henry Jones — March 06, 2018 00:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Building A DIY Sealed Subwoofer

Building A DIY Sealed Subwoofer

Are you a serious bassaholic on a tight budget? A DIY subwoofer might just be the fix you’re after. For not a lot of cash it’s possible to build a sub that can compete with the very best manufactured subwoofers on the market. In this article, we take you though a step by step procedure on how to build a high performance DIY subwoofer on the cheap. To see how to do it yourself read on.

Are you a serious bassaholic on a tight budget? A DIY subwoofer might just be the fix you’re after. For not a lot of cash it’s possible to build a sub that can compete with a hi end store bought.

— June 24, 2016 10:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

How to Install a Hidden In-Floor or In-Ceiling Subwoofer

How to Install a Hidden In-Floor or In-Ceiling Subwoofer

Just because you don't want a big, bulky subwoofer in your room doesn't mean you have to forgo powerful bass. An in-floor or in-ceiling subwoofer will allow you to generate nauseating levels of bass without ever having to look at a hulking subwoofer. In this article and YouTube video combo, we use the RBH Sound SI-1010 subwoofer to show you how to install a hidden in-floor or in-ceiling subwoofer in your own home. Always remember to install two subs for smoother bass across all listening seats if you can accommodate it.

Hidden in-floor or in-ceiling subwoofers can provide great bass without being seen. Learn about the hidden subwoofer options available and how to install a concealed subwoofer.

— March 17, 2016 09:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

How To Install a Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D Speaker Setup

How To Install a Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D Speaker Setup

This installation guide illustrates how to retrofit a home theater system to support the latest Dolby Atmos / DTS:X / Auro 3D immersive surround formats using Beale Street in-ceiling speakers for the height channels and SVS Ultra series speakers for the ear level channels; all powered by a Denon X7200WA Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver. We look at some of the prep work, challenges, and lessons learned from our installation of the audio technologies that will shape the future of music and home theater.

This installation guide shows how to retrofit a home theater system to support the latest Dolby Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D surround formats using Beale Street in-ceiling speakers for the height channels.

— March 09, 2016 22:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Professional Pre-wiring tips for Speakers, TVs, and Networking

Professional Pre-wiring tips for Speakers, TVs, and Networking

In my years as a custom AV integrator, I’ve seen many homeowners placed in difficult situations because of poor pre-wiring by either themselves or a contractor. The possible pitfalls are many, but so are the tips to help ensure you run the right wires, to the right locations, properly for your speakers, TV's, AV gear and networking. The tips in this article should help save you time and money, and allow you to have a better finished product. Keep reading to learn how professionals pre-wire homes.

Wiring a home for audio/video and networking can be a daunting task, but these tips and tricks will help ensure you complete the job like a pro and future-proof your home as much as possible.

— October 02, 2015 11:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Home Theater AV Cable Prewire Basics 101

Home Theater AV Cable Prewire Basics 101

Pre-wiring homes for today’s complex home theater systems can often times be a very frustrating task even for the highly skilled A/V professional. There are many factors that need to be considered before a home is wired for video and sound. This basic tech tip article may help guide you through the rigorous process, thus turning this project from daunting to fun and educational. We will give you guidance on how and where to route your cables, as well as tips on the proper cables to use for your installation. Get your home ready for tomorrow's state of the art home theater systems today. Read our article and watch our Youtube video.

Prewire your home theater with the right AV cables, HDMI, speaker cable, audio and video interconnects. Get ready for a Dolby Atmos home theater if you follow our guidelines.

— September 01, 2014 16:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

How to Find Studs in Any Wall

How to Find Studs in Any Wall

Whether you are mounting a TV, speaker, or on-wall shelf, it’s always best to anchor into a stud. Drywall anchors can work well, but you never truly know the quality of drywall. In this article, we provide differ different methods for findings studs, plus a number of extra tips. No single method will work for every situation, but using a combination of these methods should ensure that you always locate a stud, that is, as long as there’s actually a stud in the wall.

Locating studs in a wall can be easy if you know the right techniques. Here's our expert advice on how to locate a stud in any wall for easy HDTV installation.

— July 22, 2014 08:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Building A Low-Cost Audio Media Player with Vintage Computer Parts

Building A Low-Cost Audio Media Player with Vintage Computer Parts

Do you have a spare computer laying around? Odds are good that with a small investment in hardware and a bit of your time, you can give your old machine a new lease on life as an audio media player. With the low cost and high capacities of today's portable hard drives, it's possible to store an entire collection of music (and movies) on a single disc. Toss in a sound card with the right stuff, and you're ready to go. Curious to know how it all comes together? Keep reading to find out!

Tech Article: Audioholics goes step by step to show users how to build an audio media player at minimal cost using an old spare computer.

— April 16, 2014 08:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

How to Use A Speaker Selector for Multi-Room Audio

How to Use A Speaker Selector for Multi-Room Audio

There’s nothing more satisfying than having your favorite music available to you throughout your house. Such seemingly complex, multi-room audio setups are often features of high-end homes. Yet, how cool would it be to have the audio from your main system playing in other rooms and speakers in your home? With a simple device called a speaker selector, you too can distribute audio throughout your home to pairs of free standing, in-wall, and in-ceiling speakers.

Learn how to distribute audio throughout your home with a speaker selector. We'll show you how to chose the right model, features to look for, issues to be aware of, installation basics, and more.

— October 10, 2013 08:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Polk Monitor 10B Crossover Upgrade: Breathing New Life into Vintage Speakers

Polk Monitor 10B Crossover Upgrade: Breathing New Life into Vintage Speakers

Upgrading the crossover in a speaker is one of the most popular tweaks in the DIY community. Other tweaks might be easier, like swapping out feet or adding extra batting, but few others can change the sonic signature of a speak as much as upgrading the crossover. Really, the audio crossover is probably the most important part of a loud speaker that you can't see. It is every bit as important to the overall speaker design as is the type of tweeter or cabinet volume. The goal of this article is to demonstrate that crossovers can be rebuilt and/or upgraded with superior parts and materials to enhance your listening experience. In order to demonstrate this point, I’ll guide you through the process of upgrading the crossovers in my beloved vintage Polk Audio Monitor 10B’s.

Upgrading the crossover in your speakers is a great DIY project for old and new speakers alike. Using a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 10B speakers, we show you how it's done.

— July 07, 2013 21:20 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Building a Do-It-Yourself Loudspeaker Design

Building a Do-It-Yourself Loudspeaker Design

Dreaming of creating your very own DIY loudspeaker masterpiece at a fraction of the cost of commercial designs? This article is an in-depth walkabout for the budding Do-It-Yourself (DIY) loudspeaker enthusiast. The world of DIY loudspeaker design is wrought with glorious stories of success and some stories of abysmal failure. Put away that credit card and read this before embarking on your own quest to design the world's best loudspeaker. We take you on a tour from start to finish to show you the challenges and rewards of building your very own speaker system.

This article details the challenges and rewards of building your own Do-It-Yourself (DIY) loudspeakers. Want to build a killer speaker system at a fraction of the cost of commercial designs? Read on.

— July 02, 2013 10:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

How to Properly Set Up your Center Channel Speaker to Maximize Performance

How to Properly Set Up your Center Channel Speaker to Maximize Performance

No matter how good of a loudspeaker system you have, it's inconsequential to how it will perform in your room if it isn't properly placed and set up. It is imperative to ensure there is a direct path of sound from all of the drivers of your center channel to the listening seats without any obstructions such as theater chairs or people's heads. This article discusses how to tweak the positioning of your center channel speaker and also improve the base or stand it sits on to eliminate harmful resonances. We highly recommend you take the time to properly place and set up all of your speakers, and give some extra attention to the center channel as it will repay you in dividends when trying to understand what Bane is saying while crushing Batman's back.

This article gives tips on proper positioning and setup up of your center channel speaker for achieving maximum performance. Center channel placement is critical to ensure a direct path of sound.

— March 22, 2013 00:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Building a Spouse Approved Home Theater Solution

Building a Spouse Approved Home Theater Solution

My dentist was looking for a compact, reasonably priced home theater system that provided surround sound in the main family room and distributed audio throughout the home. The challenge was accommodating all of the design constraints outlined by his wife while still offering a respectable solution I could rest well at night after installing. Although this installation wasn’t perfect, I managed to take a pretty grim situation and turned it around to a workable solution. This system comprises Denon, Samsung and Panamax components with EMP and SVS speakers and subwoofers, respectively. Knowing the caliber of dentist my friend is, I asked him if the sound quality and function of the system met his expectations and he confidently told me “NO! They exceeded them!” Looking for a home theater system that you and your spouse can live with? Check out our install.

This article consists of EMP, SVS, Samsung & Deno home theater components installed into a home to produce great surround and distributed audio that a spouse can also be happy with aesthetically.

— March 12, 2013 13:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring