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Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better? Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better? 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 Epique CBT24 Loudspeaker Designer Note by Don Keele 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 A Historical Perspective of the Loudspeaker Impedance Specification 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 Study Shows No Correlation Between Price and Sound Quality in Headphones 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 Loudspeakers & Power Ratings Part III: The Test Results 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 Pros & Cons of Various Center Channel Designs 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 Audio Measurements: The Useful vs. the Bogus in Consumer Audio 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 Drivers: Identifying Legitimately High Fidelity Parts 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? Dipole vs Bipole vs Monopole: Which Surround Speaker is Best? 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 The Audibility of Distortion At Bass Frequencies 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.