Some Ways for Connecting a Subwoofer

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If you own a home theater system then the subwoofer is a crucial element. Most subwoofers are active in design which means that they have a built-in amplifier. That also means they have to be connected to power. However, since subwoofers require a fairly high amount of wattage compared to the other speakers, it makes sense to locate the amplifier directly inside the subwoofer. Therefore, a connection can be made by using a simple RCA cable. No speaker wires usually necessary.

There are also some passive subwoofer designs which require an external power amplifier. If you do have an active subwoofer, however, then using a simple cable should be all you need. If you have problems placing the subwoofer near your AV receiver you can also get a wireless subwoofer kit in order to simplify the installation. …

How to Maximize the Number of Songs on a Smart Phone

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If you keep your music collection a smart phone and you have your songs ready at the touch of a button whenever you travel. Storing songs a smart phone is a good idea because also you don’t have to worry about songs degrading over time as you did when you were using albums or music CDs. However, in addition to keeping your music on your phone, I recommend to maintain a backup at home. Just in case you lose your phone then you will not have lost your music collection which might take days or even months to compile.

However, as you music collection grows, you may have the issue of not being able to copy all of your songs onto your phone. Especially if you have already a lot of apps …

Some Useful Tips for Setting up Multiple Loudspeakers

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When you want to set up speakers in a fairly large area then I usually recommend working with more than two speakers. If you only have to speakers then the problem is that the sound volume will be fairly high in a specific part of your room while it might not be loud enough in another area. Working with multiple distributed loudspeakers can solve this issue.

However, another approach is to use speakers which are angled such that sound is reflected by walls. By using the specific set up, sound waves will be radiated directly from the speakers is well as by walls and thus travel into remote parts of the room. However, setting up speakers in such a specific fashion is quite difficult and also people the room will affect the result.

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Can Wireless Speakers Be Used Outdoors?

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I will investigate in how far you can use some wireless speakers in an outdoor environment. There certain things to consider when setting up wireless speakers outdoors. Most importantly, the speakers have to be rugged enough to withstand moisture. But also there are other factors such as exposure to sunlight which can create enormous heat inside the speaker. Therefore, not all wireless speakers are created equally. Before installing a particular model outdoors, it is time to take a hard look at whether this particular speaker will be able to survive outdoors.

If you don’t want to investigate the specifics then I recommend to purchase from a manufacturer that offers outdoor speakers. There several manufacturers which to offer outdoor speaker models which will give you peace of mind because the speakers have already been pre-qualified. However, some of …

How to Ensure Compatibility between Different Audio Components

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Most audio systems are set up in a modular fashion. That means that rather than having a single box, most likely their individual components each having it specific function. Let’s take an example. A very straightforward audio system might consist of a CD player, and amplifier and a pair of speakers. Each of these components has a specific function. However, in order for these components to work together, they have to be able to communicate with one another. Put simply, they have to have a common interface.

There’s a wealth of different audio components on the market and ensuring compatibility might not be trivial. In this article, I will explain some common formats which are widespread in the audio industry in explain how different components can communicate with one another by adopting these formats.

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A Quick Look at How Audio Technology Has Evolved Lately

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Just like almost any other technology producer, audio product manufacturers continue to develop new technologies. Let me highlight some of the latest developments in audio technology. Maybe you already own a product which employs one of these latest state-of-the-art products.

If there’s one important technology paradigm in audio technology it is that everything is going digital. Personal computers may have been the inspiration for this trend. Computers store everything in digital format. Traditionally, music used to be stored in analog format on albums. However, all this has changed a great deal. The introduction of the compact disc also known as CD has revolutionized the audio industry.

Almost every audio product uses digital technology in one way or another. Let’s take a look at audio amplifiers. In the good old days, audio amplifiers exclusively …