Hearing Is Believing or Believing is Hearing?

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, May 16, 2017    Articles

For more than a century, it has been an article of faith that the violins made by the Old Italian Masters, Stadivari and Guarneri “Del Gesu” are the finest examples of the instrument…

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Are there differences between theater/arena speakers and home speakers?

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, January 5, 2016    Articles

It’s a case of “different strokes for different folks.” Speakers that create sound in a theater, arena or stadium have different obstacles to overcome and require different solutions…

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NASA Technology Comes to Speakers: Ferrofluid

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ferrofluid was patented by NASA in 1963 as a technique to move liquid propellant in the low gravity of space. Pumping fluids that do not stay at the bottom of a tank by gravity is not easy.…

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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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Can Ears Be Trained – And If So, How?

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, August 26, 2014    Articles, Advice

Nearly everybody who is seriously interested in “Hi-Fi” or music reproduction has had the experience of listening with someone who “hears” more. Can we train our…

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Can Recorded Music Sound Better-Than-Live?

John Strohbeen    Wednesday, June 18, 2014    Articles

Once again, we face the question of what is meant by “better”. For years there has been a debate between the “you-are-there” and “they-are-here” camps. When your eyes are…

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