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FAQ: Do Atmos Enabled Speakers Really Work?

We frequently get asked if Dolby Atmos add-on speaker modules work well enough to be a viable alternative to discrete ceiling mounted speakers.

FAQ: Do Atmos Enabled Speakers Really Work?
Home Theater Tips: When to Upgrade?

We are constantly getting bombarded with emails from our readers regarding upgrading components of their home theater systems. But is upgrading

Home Theater Tips: When to Upgrade?
FAQ: Set Up and Equipment Advice for Home Theater

We gathered some of the most frequently asked questions from our YouTube & Facebook pages regarding home theater set up issues % AV equipment

FAQ: Set Up and Equipment Advice for Home Theater

Recent FAQ Articles

FAQ: Do Atmos Enabled Speakers Really Work?

FAQ: Do Atmos Enabled Speakers Really Work?

A frequent question we get asked is if Dolby Atmos add-on speaker modules work well enough to be a viable alternative to discrete ceiling mounted speakers. We discuss the trade-offs in using Atmos-enabled speakers to help you determine if they are right for you.

We frequently get asked if Dolby Atmos add-on speaker modules work well enough to be a viable alternative to discrete ceiling mounted speakers. We answer and discuss the trade-offs to let you decide.

— June 30, 2018 00:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Home Theater Tips: When to Upgrade?

Home Theater Tips: When to Upgrade?

We are constantly getting bombarded with emails from our readers asking about what and when to upgrade components of their home theater systems. This is especially true when one of their favorite manufacturers comes out with a replacement model to a component they own claiming to be "new" and "improved". But do these new models really offer better performance, or would you be better served tweaking your speaker placement, room acoustics and set up before plunging more money into the next "miraculous" generation product? Read on and be sure to watch our related Youtube Video on this topic BEFORE upgrading your home theater components.

We are constantly getting bombarded with emails from our readers regarding upgrading components of their home theater systems. But is upgrading equipment the best route or should focus be elsewhere?

— June 12, 2017 16:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Set Up and Equipment Advice for Home Theater

FAQ: Set Up and Equipment Advice for Home Theater

We gathered up some of the most frequently asked questions on our Facebook and YouTube pages over the last month and answered them in our YouTube video along with written responses in this article. Questions ranged from set up / configuration issues causing performance problems, to surround speaker and Atmos/DTS:X processor recommendations. Chances are if you're in the market for a new home theater system, you may have similar questions on your mind that we covered. So take a look and feel free to submit unanswered questions in the related forum thread.

We gathered some of the most frequently asked questions from our YouTube & Facebook pages regarding home theater set up issues % AV equipment recommendations. Check out video and editorial responses.

— November 09, 2016 00:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Why Don't We Record Listening Demos For Our YouTube Fans?

Why Don't We Record Listening Demos For Our YouTube Fans?

To the regular reader of this site it may sound crazy that we have to write an article on why we don't do listening demos on our YouTube channel. But, we get this question all the time from our YouTube followers who want to "hear what we're hearing". To find out the reasons why we don't do these demos, you're going to have to read this article and watch our related YouTube video discussion. We also discuss the best way to demo equipment to help you make wise purchasing decisions.

This article and related video discusses why we don't record listening demos on YouTube. We also discuss the best way to demo gear to help you make better purchasing decisions.

— July 29, 2016 00:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Regular Speakers as Dolby Atmos Upfiring?

Can I Use Regular Speakers as Dolby Atmos Upfiring?

We've received numerous emails from our readers asking if they could repurpose ordinary speakers they have laying around as Dolby Atmos Upfiring units as opposed to purchasing specific Atmos-enabled speakers. We talk about what is in a Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker and whether or not they are better suited for the task than regular speakers. Of course we always recommend direct firing speakers for height channels, but as a last resort, what should one do? Read on to find out and be sure to watch our related YouTube video on Atmos-enabled speakers.

We've received numerous emails from our readers asking if they could repurpose ordinary speakers as Dolby Atmos Upfiring units as opposed to purchasing specific Atmos-enabled ones. Find the answer.

— July 25, 2016 12:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Spend That Much on Exotic Audio Cables!?

Should I Spend That Much on Exotic Audio Cables!?

We seem to get more emails about cables than virtually any other topic in audio. A particular email caught our attention when one of our readers was concerned about spending as much money on interconnects as their AV processor. These type of situations may sound absurd to the uninitiated but sales and marketing are very powerful tools often used to dupe consumers into parting with their hard earned cash for some promised miracle fix to allegedly improve the sonics of your hi-fi system. See how we advise the concerned reader on buying expensive exotic cables.

We had a concerned reader ask us if it was worth spending almost as much money on audio cables as the cost of their AV processor. See how we advise them on how to budget for cables.

— July 16, 2016 00:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Does My AV Receiver Have Enough Power for Speakers?

FAQ: Does My AV Receiver Have Enough Power for Speakers?

This week's FAQ question deals with AV receiver power and if it's sufficient to drive a full home theater speaker system. We suggest taking our power rating quiz as a starting point and to consider purchasing an AV receiver with built in multi-channel preamp outputs in case you want to add external amplification down the road.

This week's FAQ question deals with AV receiver power and if it's sufficient to drive a full home theater speaker system. Start with our power quiz and consider a model with preouts for later use.

— June 26, 2016 17:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Where Did My Multi-Channel Analog Inputs Go?

FAQ: Where Did My Multi-Channel Analog Inputs Go?

So you're getting ready to purchase a new AV receiver when you look on the back and realize there are no multi-channel analog inputs on it to play multi-channel SACD files in native DSD. Are you out of luck? Read the following FAQ article to give you your options and see.

Are you looking at a new AV receiver and realize there are no multi-channel analog inputs on it to play multi-channel SACD files in native DSD format. Are you out of luck? Read on to find out.

— June 12, 2016 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Bookshelf vs Tower Speakers: Which Should I Get?

Bookshelf vs Tower Speakers: Which Should I Get?

A common question we often get asked by our readers is “which should I get,a bookshelf or floorstanding speaker?” There is no absolute answer as it really depends on many variables (ie. budget, listening habits, bass management, room size, aesthetics). We break this down for you in this article and accompanying YouTube video discussion to help you make a better educated decision. Get what you need and want in a speaker system!

What is better; a bookshelf or tower loudspeaker? We discuss the factors involved in making a purchasing decision based on bass and loudness, room size, budget, aesthetics and more. Get what you need.

— August 31, 2015 06:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

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 take on a few interesting questions received from our YouTube Channel pertaining to DIY speaker kits vs finished products, Wi-Fi network stability issues, Dolby Atmos speaker placement and subwoofer purchasing decisions. Can you place a main channel higher than a height channel for Dolby Atmos? Find out how we answer that question and more...

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.

— May 19, 2015 07:30 in Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Converting a Room to a Home Theater

FAQ: Converting a Room to a Home Theater

This month's FAQ comes from a new subscriber to Audioholics and he asks how best to convert a regular room to a home theater listening space. We discuss running 20A dedicated lines for power amplifiers and subwoofers and if they are really needed, passing cables through walls, as well as types of passive room treatments (if any) needed for bass frequencies.

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.

— May 07, 2015 08:05 in Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: DTS:X Blu-ray Compatibility, Ported and Stacking Speakers

FAQ: DTS:X Blu-ray Compatibility, Ported and Stacking Speakers

As you could imagine, we get bombarded with questions from readers of our website. While we can't always answer all of the emails in a timely manner, we do try to occasionally formerly answer the ones that seem most relevant to our readers in the form of an FAQ. In this FAQ, we answer questions asked by various readers about DTS:X Blu-ray compatibility, the differences between front vs rear ported speakers and the issues of speaker stacking and whether or not it should be done.

In this FAQ, we answer questions about DTS:X Blu-ray compatibility, front vs rear ported speakers and the issues of speaker stacking and whether or not it should be done.

— April 30, 2015 07:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Bi-amping vs Bi-wiring: What's the Difference and is it Audible?

Bi-amping vs Bi-wiring: What's the Difference and is it Audible?

Recently a reader of Audioholics asked us about the differences between bi-amping and bi-wiring, and what kind of effect each could have on his system. We discuss the various forms of bi-amping, including passive vs active, vertical vs horizontal along with potential trade offs of each connection methodology. Is bi-amping worth it? What about bi-wiring? Read our article and let us know how you connect your main speakers in our forum thread. Check out our recently added YouTube video where we discuss the differences and whether or not they are audible.

There are various ways to connect loudspeakers. Bi-amping vs bi-wiring, active vs passive bi-ampling; what kind of effect can it have on your audio system and is it audible? Read on.

— March 23, 2015 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Best Amplifiers in the World?

What are the Best Amplifiers in the World?

If you have a thirst for power, you might just be in luck. Today Audioholics takes a peek at some of the best power amplifiers on the market, including a few models that are affordable by mere mortals. To make this list, the amplifier in question must offer power and finesses and be a model we have direct experience with either on our test bench or demos at various trade shows. Of course, this isn't meant to be a comprehensive list of all the great amplifiers on the market. As such, if you have a favorite amplifier that you think deserves an honorable mention, make sure to let us know on our forums!

Best Power Amplifiers: If you have a thirst for power, you're in luck. We take a look at some of the best amplifiers on the market today, with some models easily exceeding 1kW of output per channel.

— December 16, 2014 06:00 in Frequently Asked Questions