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10 Audio Myths Debunked For Better Sound

Loudspeaker Design

10 Audio Myths Debunked For Better Sound

— December 27, 2021 00:30

We tackle some of the less obvious but more resilient audio myths that seem to linger despite numerous attempts at correction. We debunk the audiophile myths to help prioritize your hifi needs.

Polk, Definitive Technology First Speakers to Qualify IMAX Enhanced Certification

Loudspeaker Design

Polk, Definitive Technology First Speakers to Qualify IMAX Enhanced Certification

— November 20, 2020 17:00

DTS and IMAX are extending their IMAX Enhanced certification to loudspeakers so consumers will know which speakers will get them closer to that IMAX experience at home. See what brands are first.

Sealed is Not Acoustic Suspension in Loudspeakers

Loudspeaker Design

Sealed is Not Acoustic Suspension in Loudspeakers

— February 03, 2020 06:00

Some vented speakers offer port plugs for sealing the cabinet and making them act like sealed speakers. This does not result in a true acoustic suspension. What's the difference? Read on to find out.

Ten Nonsense Myths About Subwoofers and Bass Busted!

Loudspeaker Design

Ten Nonsense Myths About Subwoofers and Bass Busted!

— December 09, 2019 08:00

There are as many myths in the audio industry as are written in the pages of a Tolkien novel. With that in mind, Audioholics is taking on the task of myth busting ten bass myths that are nonsense!

Understanding Subwoofer Review Distortion Measurements Part III

Loudspeaker Design

Understanding Subwoofer Review Distortion Measurements Part III

— June 26, 2019 00:00

In this article, we attempt to shed some light on subwoofer distortion graphs so any reader can follow them to get a better understanding of how the subwoofer objectively perform in our reviews.

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part II

Loudspeaker Design

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part II

— June 12, 2019 00:00

The waterfall plots and polar maps often seen in Audioholics' speaker reviews are colorful and visually interesting, but what can they really tell us about a loudspeaker's performance?

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

Loudspeaker Design

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

— May 24, 2019 21:00

Audioholics’ speaker reviews often contain detailed measurement graphs. In this article, we explain frequency response and the set of curves known as the 'Spin-O-Rama' to help you pick better product.

Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better?

Loudspeaker Design

Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better?

— February 18, 2019 08:00

Do speakers sound better with their grilles on or off? This article compares the two options to scientifically determine which way is best and what other factors can impact sound more dramatically.

Epique CBT24 Loudspeaker Designer Note by Don Keele

Loudspeaker Design

Epique CBT24 Loudspeaker Designer Note by Don Keele

D. B. (Don) Keele, Jr. — April 27, 2018 00:00

As an addendum to our review of the Dayton Audio CBT24 "Epique" loudspeakers, we have invited the CBT24 designer Don Keele to explain some of the unique aspects of the CBT design in more depth.

A Historical Perspective of the Loudspeaker Impedance Specification

Loudspeaker Design

A Historical Perspective of the Loudspeaker Impedance Specification

— December 07, 2017 00:00

Audio specifications run the gamut from merely “nice to know” to “genuinely useful.” A speaker’s impedance rating should be one of those genuinely useful specs, but you can’t always trust them.

Study Shows No Correlation Between Price and Sound Quality in Headphones

Loudspeaker Design

Study Shows No Correlation Between Price and Sound Quality in Headphones

— July 05, 2017 00:00

In a recent study of the frequency responses of over 280 headphones, it was found that price had no correlation to frequency response (a primary indicator of sound quality). So why spend more money?

 Loudspeakers & Power Ratings Part III: The Test Results

Loudspeaker Design

Loudspeakers & Power Ratings Part III: The Test Results

paul — July 18, 2016 06:00

In parts 1 & 2 we discuss power handling in speakers and how the test signal affects the results. Now we test with measurements and blow up drivers to find the answers. Updated with YouTube video.

Pros & Cons of Various Center Channel Designs

Loudspeaker Design

Pros & Cons of Various Center Channel Designs

— April 13, 2016 10:00

This article and YouTube Video takes you on a tour of the most common center channel driver arrangements and discusses their strengths and weaknesses to help make the best selection for your needs.

Audio Measurements: The Useful vs. the Bogus in Consumer Audio

Loudspeaker Design

Audio Measurements: The Useful vs. the Bogus in Consumer Audio

— March 29, 2016 08:00

Manufacturers and most A/V publications love to publish ruler flat frequency response curves to highlight product positives. This article and YT video explores the limitations of these measurements.

Loudspeaker Drivers: Identifying Legitimately High Fidelity Parts

Loudspeaker Design

Loudspeaker Drivers: Identifying Legitimately High Fidelity Parts

— January 03, 2016 10:00

This article focuses attention on loudspeaker drivers defining the basic core elements that make up the drivers & trade offs associated with various design approaches. Better parts MAKE a difference!

Dipole vs Bipole vs Monopole: Which Surround Speaker is Best?

Loudspeaker Design

Dipole vs Bipole vs Monopole: Which Surround Speaker is Best?

— September 20, 2015 08:00

We explain the various surround speaker types such as dipole, bipole and direct radiators and discuss the pros and cons of each applicable to new immersive surround formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

The Audibility of Distortion At Bass Frequencies

Loudspeaker Design

The Audibility of Distortion At Bass Frequencies

— August 13, 2015 09:00

Want to know how well your sound system reproduces bass? We discuss the audibility of distortion in bass and ways bass reproduction in audio systems can fall short of of a listeners expectations.

The Truth About In-Wall Speakers

Loudspeaker Design

The Truth About In-Wall Speakers

— July 23, 2015 00:00

This article will explore the pros and cons of in-wall vs in-room speakers. Assuming that we’re talking about comparably-priced and similar products that differ only in that one is set in the wall.

The Truth About Matching Amplifier Power to Loudspeakers

Loudspeaker Design

The Truth About Matching Amplifier Power to Loudspeakers

— June 23, 2015 08:00

Do you need to match amplifier power to your loudspeakers? Clipping, impedance, heat, sensitivity, blown drivers, and other mysteries are explored in this article.

Objective Loudspeaker Measurements to Predict Subjective Preferences?

Loudspeaker Design

Objective Loudspeaker Measurements to Predict Subjective Preferences?

Dr. Floyd Toole , — June 09, 2015 08:00

Accurately measuring loudspeaker performance is a universal problem among most loudspeaker manufacturers and review publications. Dr. Floyd Toole discusses the science of measuring loudspeakers.

Headphones: Comparision Buying Guide

Loudspeaker Design

Headphones: Comparision Buying Guide

— May 31, 2015 08:00

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.

The Top Ten Most Influential Speakers of the Last 50 Years

Loudspeaker Design

The Top Ten Most Influential Speakers of the Last 50 Years

— December 31, 2014 08:00

Audioholics reveals its picks for the ten most influential speakers over the last 5 decades. We'll take a trip down memory lane to look at classics from Acoustic Research, Advent, Bose, Klipsch, etc.

Are HRTF’s Necessary in Dolby Atmos Elevation Speakers?

Loudspeaker Design

Are HRTF’s Necessary in Dolby Atmos Elevation Speakers?

— November 25, 2014 08:00

Dolby Atmos Elevation speakers employ a HRTF in their analog crossovers in attempt to trick the brain into perceiving height. But is this really necessary or can it degrade their sound quality?

What are the Best Subwoofers in the World?

Loudspeaker Design

What are the Best Subwoofers in the World?

— November 19, 2014 07:00

Audioholics compiles a list of the finest subwoofers in the world, as well as a couple of our more affordable favorites. Check out our picks and feel free to share yours on our forums.

What are the Best Loudspeakers in the World?

Loudspeaker Design

What are the Best Loudspeakers in the World?

— November 12, 2014 08:00

What are the best loudspeakers in the world? Performance, aesthetics, budget, pick two. Check out speaker selections and feel free to share yours.

What Are Dolby Atmos-Enabled Speakers?

Loudspeaker Design

What Are Dolby Atmos-Enabled Speakers?

— October 31, 2014 10:00

Dolby Atmos-Enabled (Elevation) speakers are one of the required options for achieving the Atmos height effect. This article and video explores the technology and challenges behind the speakers.

Powered Subwoofer Testing: Outline and Procedures Overview

Loudspeaker Design

Powered Subwoofer Testing: Outline and Procedures Overview

— June 25, 2014 14:00

This article and explains our new subwoofer testing procedure and the various equipment & software used. The results will be condensed & summarized in a consistent manner for each product tested