Making the Sound Fit the Room

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, January 19, 2016    Articles, Advice

One of the most vexing problems in getting the most out of an audio system is matching it to the acoustics of the room in which it is placed. We talked about this issue in some detail in…

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Amplifier Damping – Another Wet Blanket.

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, September 1, 2015    News, Articles, Advice, Philosophy

How does amplifier damping factor (DF) impact the sound of loudspeakers and, thus, the sound of music in your room? Tube amps usually have DFs of about 20 or less while many solid state…

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Troubleshooting Walsh Speakers 101

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, July 21, 2015    Advice

Like cars and other devices – and even humans – stereo systems and their components age. This is true for virtually every part of a stereo system and being able to troubleshoot and fix…

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Sub/Sat or Full-Range: Which is Better for Music?

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, April 28, 2015    Advice

I am often asked this question and the answer is not simple. My background is music reproduction, first at Tech Hifi and now at Ohm. Throughout, my goal has always been to create an…

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Spikes – Yikes!

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, March 3, 2015    Articles, Advice

It comes down to basic physics. Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, when a woofer’s cone is pushed forward,…

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Phased Out: Part 1

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, December 16, 2014    Articles, Advice

“Phase” and “polarity” are two terms often used – incorrectly – interchangeably. They are almost never the same. The one time they are the same is when you…

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