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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John Strohbeen    Tuesday, February 24, 2015    Articles

To many consumers, damping speakers means “Clean with a moist cloth”; but that is dampening. To those of us who design and build speakers, it means something very different. It…

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Hearing Is Digital – A Hairy Situation!

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, January 6, 2015    Articles

Yes, dear friends, science can be cruel. It can destroy illusions and alter our world view. It turns out that not only is the earth round, but that hearing is actually digital – at least…

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Phased Out: Part 2 – Absolute Phase

John Strohbeen    Monday, December 22, 2014    Articles

In the last blog, I discussed how it is important to have the front mains all “in-phase” and how it is fairly easy to confirm your system is properly connected. Now, things get…

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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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It’s All About Imaging!

John Strohbeen    Tuesday, November 4, 2014    Articles

A word that’s used a lot when talking about sound reproduction is “imaging.” But what, exactly, does imaging mean in audio? And how does imaging relate to a sound-field or…

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