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Whole House Wiring Basics Part 2

Whole House Wiring Basics Part 2

In our last installment of Whole House Wiring Basics we explored the hottest business sector in entertainment electronics today: the implementation of multi-room and/or multi-zone media functionality in the home or office. What is multi-room? Simply put, it is a system that can deliver one source to multiple locations simultaneously. In contrast, then, a multi-zone installation is a system that can deliver more than one source simultaneously to multiple locations.

In our last installment of Whole House Wiring Basics we explored the hottest business sector in entertainment electronics today: the implementation of multi-room and/or multi-zone media

— August 31, 2005 20:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

DIY Absorbers for the Less-Than-Handy Man - Part 2

DIY Absorbers for the Less-Than-Handy Man - Part 2

So the big question - How do they work? In my opinion - great. The difference in my room is dramatic. I don't have any fancy measuring devices (only my SPL from radio shack) so I can't do a before and after room measurement (though if someone would like to come over and do one for me I'd be happy to oblige). My wife is happy with how they look, I'm happy that I successfully built something, and the sound in our home theater room is much improved.

So the big question - How do they work? In my opinion - great. The difference in my room is dramatic. I don't have any fancy measuring devices (only my SPL from radio shack) so I can't do a

— April 21, 2005 23:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

DIY Absorbers for the Less-than-Handy Man: Part 1

DIY Absorbers for the Less-than-Handy Man: Part 1

I don't profess to be an acoustical engineer or some sort of sound guru. I'm a normal guy, married with a kid, who has recently purchased my first house. I've been an audio nut for years with very little money to invest.

I don't profess to be an acoustical engineer or some sort of sound guru. I'm a normal guy, married with a kid, who has recently purchased my first house. I've been an audio nut for years with very

— April 18, 2005 20:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Whole House Wiring Basics

Whole House Wiring Basics

One of the hottest business sectors associated with consumer electronics today is the distribution of audio, video and control signals throughout the home or office. Multi-room multi-zone is a mantra that is heard from the architect's offices to the builder's model, from electricians to data network specialists. As with so much in life, there are several levels of distribution from "bare bones" functional to extravagant touch-panel control, from background music to multi-room discrete surround sound.

Whole House Wiring for Audio, video and data. Home Theater.

— March 14, 2005 18:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Revamping a Vintage Yamaha T-80 Tuner

Revamping a Vintage Yamaha T-80 Tuner

Recently I acquired a Yamaha T-80 tuner. This tuner was manufactured in the mid 1980’s, probably in 1985 from what I can tell. I proceeded to put the unit in my system and connected it to a standard FM dipole antenna. My initial impression was that this had some potential, but was going to need a lot of work. This appeared not to be your usual consumer toy tuner.

Recently I acquired a Yamaha T-80 tuner. This tuner was manufactured in the mid 1980’s, probably in 1985 from what I can tell. I proceeded to put the unit in my system and connected it to a standard

Dan Banquer — December 31, 2004 19:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Madisound Solist DIY Speaker Kit

Madisound Solist DIY Speaker Kit

In this article it is hoped that some of the risk factors of building speakers is removed (i.e. investing time, effort, and money without ever knowing how the speakers will turn out.)

In this article it is hoped that some of the risk factors of building speakers is removed (i.e. investing time, effort, and money without ever knowing how the speakers will turn out.)

— June 13, 2004 20:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring

Building Do It Yourself Loudspeakers

Building Do It Yourself Loudspeakers

Through the years I listened to as many speakers as I could in the area and what I found in general was that I didn't like hard dome tweeters. Although there were a few speakers with hard domes that I did like I decided to stick to building speakers with a soft dome tweeter. So after studying speaker design books through the years I was ready to build speakers with Dynaudio drivers. I don't claim to be an expert at speaker design but I learned that it is a combination of science and art.

Through the years I listened to as many speakers as I could in the area and what I found in general was that I didn't like hard dome tweeters. Although there were a few speakers with hard domes that

— September 30, 2003 20:00 in DIY Audio and Wiring