Monday, 27 February 2012

Installing In Wall Speakers

This article will give you all the information you may need for installing your “In Wall Speakers.” What if I say, you don’t really have to be a technician to install them? You may be thinking I am out of my mind but with a little bit of guidance and some basic tools, you will be able to impress your friends. People already are trying to save as much space as they can. It looks as if it is a concern of everybody these days. People are getting rid of their old fashioned and bulky speakers by changing them with In Wall Speakers for their stereo systems. This not only helps them save their floor space, but they also find it a little more aesthetic in comparison.

First of all, you need to see if there are any rules and regulations set by the local authorities that may require any permit to change the structure like ceilings and walls of your residence? After going through all that processes, you must first check the layout of your house so that you can know the number and positions of studs used in the proposed place of installation. As a thumb rule, studs are kept 16 inches apart from each other. After marking exact locations of these studs, you can begin with your installation works. Caution: Do not damage studs as they can be supporting the structure.

When it comes to installing audio wires... the most popular among all is the push-pin style. You will need a pair of easily distinguishable wires (red and white) to push them in place according to their polarities. Red it used to denote positive while white is used to denote negative polarity. Always mark wires so that you can know where the wire is heading! These wires should be fixed firmly with the studs at a distance of every 3 feet.

In Wall Speakers will normally go not more than 3.5 inches into the wall to accommodate the standard 2/4 studs used in most of the residential buildings. What is needed to be known here is that if you are installing these speakers in condominiums or townhouses, you will need specialized In Wall Speakers which require less space in wall. The reason is that, there are 2/3 studs used in these particular places.

Strange but true! What most of the people overlook at the time of their planning is what is on the other side of the wall? Do not forget that sound is going to penetrate not only the front side of the wall, but also the back side of it. Make sure the adjoining room at the back side of that wall is not the place where you don’t want that sound to go!

You can also make that room sound proof! You can use certain products like Polk to isolate the place where you are installing your sound system. Polk is also known as performance enclosure due to its application. It is wide enough to fit the 16 inches gap between the studs so that it can work as a sound-barrier. 


Tuesday, 14 February 2012

All about Home Theater Speakers

You might have noticed that the Home Cinemas are usually discussed as 5.1 or 7.1 Home Theater Speakers Systems. These numeric values actually tell us about the audio components of the system which are responsible for producing auditory sensation. Number before the decimal point denotes the number of speakers used in that particular system, while the number after the decimal point symbolizes the presence of a subwoofer. So in a 7.1 system, there are going to be 7 speakers and 1 subwoofer.

You can use a large pair of audio speakers for your stereo system, but when it comes to assembling a home theater system having a flat screen television, you will definitely require slimmer speakers! Slimmer speakers serve the purpose really well as long as you don’t expect them to reproduce the lowest part of the musical range, known as “bass”. For that specific purpose, i.e., to reproduce a deep grave in sound, subwoofers are used. So, it’s the subwoofer that makes it possible to reduce the cabinet size of other audio speakers by taking the responsibility of reproducing the lowest bass notes. Because of these subwoofers we now see wall-mounted flat panel television screens, having built-in slot to couple slimmer speakers with them. Do you know why we use only one subwoofer? The answer is simple. Our ears cannot make out where deep bass notes are coming from. I bet you didn’t know that before!

There is also a center channel speaker which is normally positioned just below or above the television screen. The purpose of this speaker is to deliver vocal sounds which are associated with the action in the middle of the video. They are also responsible to deliver the dialogues. In the absence of steering dialog to a dedicated center channel speaker, if you head out to one side you’d “hear” the dialogue coming from the nearest speaker, yet “see” the person talking from the television, which can be a little disturbing! Moreover, if you have a central channel speaker in your home theater speakers system, you will be able to enhance your sound experience by spreading out the speakers on your left and right a little more.

Now, we’ll move to surround speakers. These dedicated speakers are used for reproducing the “wrap around” surround sensation which is responsible for making your movie watching experience incredibly astounding! Surround speakers are relatively smaller in size and are positioned usually on the sides of the seating area. What I have discussed so far is a 5.1 home theater system. In large places, where you have some space even behind your seating area, there is a possibility of adding 2 more surround speakers for more involving surround effects. This addition of two more speakers transforms 5.1 to a 7.1 home theater system. Pick dipole surround speakers if they are needed to be placed close to your ears. Dipole speakers simply envelope you with sound; they just don’t shoot into your ears. It is imperative to check if the left, right, and the center speakers are sonically harmonizing. To ensure that you get matching speakers and other components, buying the whole system from the same company is always preferable.


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Everything relating to Stereo Receivers

If you enjoy listening to music and watching movies, you would love to own a system dedicated to satisfy your musical needs or you may like to build a bombastic home theater system of your own. In either case, one thing that is imperative is a stereo receiver. Stereo receivers not only give audio supply to the speakers of your system, but they also tune in different radio stations, let you switch conveniently between audio/video components, and give you the liberty to shape the sound output in accordance with your preferences.

Stereo receivers are also responsible for providing the decoding that will let you enjoy different video games, television shows, and movies of your choice in surround sound. Not only that, but the most advanced stereo players give you the flexibility of adding music files to the system from your computer, portable MP3, and also the satellite radio. You can even use your PC for controlling and setting up the system of most of the contemporary models of stereo receivers available in the market.

You first have to figure out why you need a stereo receiver in the first place. Whether you want it for stereo use only or you want it to use with your home theater, which almost covers everything in its scope. If you just want to listen to music, you will require one only for stereo use, but if you need surround sound in your TV room, you will require a home theater receiver. Apart from brands, the receiver must have enough wattage to deliver enough power to all the speakers in the loop.

A bigger space requires more powerful speakers to fully cater the expanse. You are required to check the sensitivity of your speakers. Sensitivity is most simply defined as the ability of your speakers to effectually convert electrical power into sound. You must determine if your speakers are matching for the stereo receiver. Only high wattage speakers with higher sensitivity ratings can work well in big areas like dining rooms and lounges.

One other thing that you should consider at the time of purchase is the number of inputs and outputs that that particular stereo receiver has. You will definitely need one that will have enough inputs for all the audio and video components of your system. You can also use any audio/video input of the receiver as an audio only source if you desire. If you have a digital recording device like CD/DVD burner, you will definitely need a compatible digital output. According to the experts, receivers must at least have six pins output.

Since a lot of people desire their stereo receiver for home theater usage, you will need a receiver that you can link up with your video sources, as many television sets do not have sufficient video inputs to accommodate all their components. The video switching capability of your stereo receiver will certainly come in handy in this situation.

So, whenever you go to the market, what you need to look for in a stereo receiver totally depends on your requirements and the equipment you already have. It is better that you browse through various websites before going for shopping.