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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Monopole, Dipole, Bipole – What Are All These Poles?

John Strohbeen    Wednesday, August 13, 2014    Articles

When talking about speakers, the word “pole” is used to describe the direction the sound radiates from loudspeakers. All drivers create as much sound from their backs as their…

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Speaker Size - How Small is Too Small?

John Strohbeen    Wednesday, July 9, 2014    Articles

Size matters, or does it? We are talking speakers here. And since we have already stated that audio is mostly a male pursuit, how much does it matter? Many, if not most, people would prefer…

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Where Should You Choose Speakers?

John Strohbeen    Wednesday, June 25, 2014    Articles, Advice

Since speakers will likely have the greatest affect on the way your audio system sounds, selection is crucially important. To me, there are two major factors to consider when choosing…

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Proper placement of Surround Speakers

John Strohbeen    Wednesday, May 21, 2014    Articles

The “Standard” placement of left, right, and center speakers in a home theater system is pretty well established – and you’ll find them in pretty much the same positions whether…

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Subwoofer Placement – No, You Can’t Put it Anywhere

John Strohbeen    Wednesday, April 23, 2014    Articles, Advice

Conventional wisdom states that low frequencies, on the order usually reproduced by a subwoofer, are non-directional in nature. By extension that means that you can place a subwoofer…

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