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Bass Management and the LFE Channel

Bass is like salt. Really, it is. Salt is a seasoning, a treat that we add to good food to make it taste even better. Bass is the same way. A sound system without it lacks the last little element that...

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Configuring Speakers

When you get that new speaker set you're going to need to configure and balance your system. The process described below describes AVRs, but both the features and steps you'll take are identical if...

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Speakers: Where Do I Put Them?

Several years ago I was just setting up my current home theater room. While it was not scheduled to be equipped with multi-tiered stadium seating, faux art deco design, and a popcorn machine, I did...

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Money for Nothing and Your Tweaks for Free

Tips and tricks for making your system tweakin’ awesome. Unless you have really expensive tastes, it’s easy to see how spending several thousand dollars on your home theater system can make some very...

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Speakers: Where Do I Put Them?

Getting the Most Out of Your Sound Several years ago, I set up my current home theater room. While it wasn’t scheduled to be equipped with multitiered stadium seating, faux Art Deco design, or a...

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Configuring Your Speakers

Optimizing your sound, one step at a time. Getting all the pieces for that new system into your room is just the first step to home theater bliss. You’ll need to set up the A/V receiver’s inputs,...

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HT Guide to Speakers

Home theater has transformed loudspeakers in nearly the same way it transformed TV. As screens have gotten bigger, the stereo soundstage has expanded into a surround soundfield. Wall-mounted HDTVs can...

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How to Choose a Home Theater for Movies or Music

Selecting audio components is one of the more daunting tasks that any serious home theater enthusiast faces. On the surface, it seems evident that if you just go out and buy the best components you...

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Bass Management Boot Camp

Like marching and making your bunk, bass management looks easy. But sometimes there’s a huge difference between doing seemingly straightforward tasks, and doing them right.

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How To Install In-Wall Speakers

If you’re reasonably handy and not afraid to cut into drywall in your home, installing in-wall speakers can be a fairly simple affair. You’ll need to assemble the basic tools, including a drywall saw,...

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The Cabinet & the Subwoofer

I’m in the interesting position of telling you how to do something with a subwoofer that you shouldn’t do. No, it’s not illegal. But in the ears of those for whom sound quality is more important than...

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The Ultimate Test: Dolby Atmos vs. Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos, for you members of the unwashed and uninformed masses (yeah, you know who you are), enables film sound designers to treat individual sonic elements as virtual “objects” that can be placed...

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What Are the Benefits of Bi-Wiring Vs. Bi-Amping?

Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.comQ I just bought Polk Audio Monitor 40 Series II speakers and want to know how to install them using bi-wiring. Do I connect...

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Are You Putting Subwoofers Behind the Viewer?

Patrice Congard, founder and CEO of U.K.-based Screen Audio Excellence, discusses subwoofer placement and the potential pitfalls of phase cancellation in the latest installment of an ongoing tech...

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Subwoofer Setup: How to Get Great Bass in 3 Steps

Subwoofers are like the magic beans of audio, expanding a playback system's dynamic range in a way that dramatically enhances the listening experience. There's an attitude among some audiophiles that...

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