Posts Categorized: Audio

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Classe SSP-800 Surround Processor

I have the opportunity to work on hundreds of home theaters every year. During these jobs certain products standout in their class. The Classe SSP-800 is one of those products. The quality and flexibility of this product for surround and stereo reproduction is unmatched to anything I have come across. At $8000 MSRP this unit… Read more

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JBL BassQ Manages Multiple Subwoofers

JBL Synthesis BassQ offers multiple subwoofer automatic room mode correction for up to four subwoofers in a system. This incorporates Floyd Toole’s methodology of Sound Field Management for subwoofer equalization. Two different house curves are included one for music and one for movie use. The unit uses equalization along with level and phase adjustments to… Read more

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Some $10k Speakers Worse Than $200 Ones

“Toole continued by showing response measurements of various loudspeakers in different price ranges. Without naming names, he showed that a few loudspeakers in the $10-20k price range were being outperformed by speakers in the $200 range.” From AES section meeting on “Upgrading The Audio Industry” These tests show what I already knew.  You can spend… Read more

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Common Problems With Equalization

The market is full of automatic equalizers and other equalization solutions that promise the world.  Beware of the following problems with any solution you choose.: Local optimization instead of multiple seats Poor solution accuracy Does nothing to solve other common problems with subwoofer setup Too little focus on the effect on speaker distortion Losing settings on power failure… Read more

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Optimizing a Multiple Subwoofer System

I would consider running the CARA design software to optimize at least the subwoofer locations in your room within your constraints for the primary seats. After positioning the subwoofers I would manually optimize the phase and level with each subwoofer individually and then combined to get the smoothest frequency response near the crossover and below… Read more