Red Rover, Red Rover, Tell Me ‘Bout the Crossover

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, May 26, 2015    Articles

For speaker designers, crossovers are some of the most problematic issues they face. By definition, the crossover splits and directs the electrical energy from your amplifier to the…

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Coherence: What is it? Is it important in music reproduction?

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, May 12, 2015    Articles

Mostly, when we hear the word “coherent,” we think of things logical, consistent, and well ordered. In science, the meaning deals with wave motion; be it light, sound or water.…

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Anechoic Chambers

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, April 14, 2015    Articles

We often hear about “anechoic chambers” being used in developing speakers. What is their value, since home environments are not “anechoic”? Do they have a place in…

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Dispersion: What Is It and How Is It Important?

John Strohbeen    Wednesday, March 18, 2015    Articles

Dispersion, as it applies to audio, is the direction the sound radiates from a speaker. The dispersion almost always varies with frequency. With mono-poles (most woofers and subwoofers),…

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Has Sound Reinforcement Destroyed Live Music?

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, March 10, 2015    Articles

In June, we looked at Can Recorded Music Sound Better-Than-Live? and I confessed to being a purist who prefers as little coming between me and live musicians as possible. I discussed the…

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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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