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Optimize the sound coming out of your speakers

In order to have good sound for music you just need a good pair of speakers and good receiver right? Wrong, there is more to it if you truly want the best sound. Adjusting the bass and treble settings on the receiver will help some. Depending on how powerful the receiver is and if it is a high current amp or not are both important factors to consider. Always make sure the speakers can handle the wattage of the receiver. If possible make sure the speakers can handle more power than the receiver is capable of. Personally, I do not like to use any surround sounds when listening to music (only for movies). I also prefer to not use my subwoofers (unless watching movies). Based on this you would expect me to use a natural setting for my sound, but I do not do that. I prefer full bass and only a slight (if any) boost of treble. Speaker placement, and room acoustics are also key factors to consider. If you are unsure how to best setup your speakers please refer to this book: “Customize Your Home Theater 5.1 to 15.2 channel and everything in between” for assistance.

This posting takes you beyond all of this and onto the next level. The next level is an equalizer (EQ) or graphic equalizer being added to your system. Sadly, these are hard to find. We used to sell one and it got discontinued, but we are looking for another model and as soon as we find it we will make it available for purchase in our store.  An equalizer can have anywhere from 5 to 10 equalizer settings for the left speaker and an additional equal number for the right speaker. Today I hooked up an old Sansui 14 band (7 to the left and 7 to the right) equalizer of mine and tested it out. I was unsure of what results I would find. I tested a Sony 7.1 channel 135 watt per channel receiver with a pair of old 5 1/4″ two way speakers with rear bass ports. These are the same speakers tested in the book, “Customize Your Home Theater…”

The test: The test was a CD played in three different ways to determine if an EQ is still relevant or not. Test one was an analog connection (RCA) from dvd player to EQ and another RCA connection from the EQ to the receiver. This was tested with the EQ settings off so the sound still went thru the EQ, but without the equalizers being on to adjust the sound. Test two was an HDMI connection from the dvd player direct to the receiver. Test three was RCA from the dvd player to the EQ and out to the receiver only this time the EQ settings were enabled. Which do you think sounded best and worst?

The answer is the plain analog without the EQ settings enabled sounded really poor (as it should). The surprise was how much of a difference it made when comparing the EQ with its settings enabled (on) versus the HDMI direct connection to the receiver. The HDMI sounded really good and most people will be perfectly satisfied with this setup. The winner was test three (EQ with EQ settings enabled). I figured the HDMI would either sound the same as this or slightly better. To my surprise the EQ was even better. Think about that a moment….you are taking a digital recording and downgrading it to tape quality sound then adjusting the sound thru the EQ and sending that enhanced signal to the receiver with another tape quality connection and it still sounds better than just digital direct to the receiver. The reason this sounds so good is because the bass and treble settings on the receiver are not replaced by the settings made on the EQ. Instead the EQ merely compliments the bass and treble settings you use on the receiver itself. Each EQ slider effects a certain range of sound. This range can effect sounds not normally heard much in the background. It can also effect the bass and treble levels.

What I am about to suggest should not be done with satellite speakers. You will need a really good pair of book shelf speakers or large speakers for this. I suggest based on these findings that you find an EQ and connect it. Be careful of the volume especially on smaller less powerful speakers. Always test the EQ sliders at low volumes. Be mindful of the volume on the receiver and be prepared to turn it down asap if there is any distortion coming out of your speakers so you do not damage them. You will need one pair of RCA connections to run from the EQ to the receiver. You will then need an additional RCA cable for each device you which to connect to the EQ. Now enjoy your music again, almost as if it was new again since it will sound so much more vibrant.

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Christmas is almost here

Bunch_of_Gift_Boxes_PNG_ClipartChristmas is almost here

Another year is about to be over, where does the time go? If you are like us, you have been super busy. We are still ramping up our inventory just in time for the holidays. Click here to see our store for great gift ideas.

Other things we have done just this month were to add sub-categories to our store to make shopping much easier by narrowing down your search. Also we have just added an additional way to purchase thru our site…..introducing Stripe. Stripe is one of the most trusted credit card processors and we now have our site enabled to use them! Whenever you order you now have your choice of using either Paypal or simply doing a debit or credit card payment thru Stripe.

Coming in January we will be exploring a new pricing structure that will be much better for you…..more to follow next month in our blog about this. We will also have our first video available on You Tube and on our site in the coming year too!

Happy Holidays – Premium Audio

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21.2 Channel Surround Sound

21.2 Channel Surround Sound

Yes, we have done it – we have created a 21.2 channel surround sound. I say again, we have created a 21.2 channel surround sound. Just think about that a moment…..the industry standard is still only a 5.1 channel surround sound. The next most used format is 7.1 channel (sometimes 7.2) and yet Premium Audio has done it again and created something way beyond home theatre!

Mathmatically, Premium Audio’s 15.2 channel surround sound is 3 times the size of the standard 5.1 channel surround sound (not counting the subwoofer which is simply doubled)!

Now Premium Audio has tripled the 7.1 channel surround sound format (not counting the subwoofer which is simply doubled)! In order to triple the subwoofer part that would be .3 (meaning three separate subwoofers used) and would be unnecessary even by our standards.

21.2, so where do all the speakers go and why? Recently we mentioned 19.2 channel surround sound. 21.2 builds on this by adding an additional pair of side speakers, only this time they are at or almost at ceiling height and aim downward. This is our final take on Dolby Atmos. The reason this is our final take on Dolby Atmos is because this surpasses what even they have to offer.

We offer two slight variations to 21.2 channel surround sound:

  1. add a second pair of side speakers aiming down from the ceiling.
  2. add a second pair of side speakers at the same height as the regular side speakers are. Place these near them too. With this variation a super large room would not loose the sound that is to play out of the sides of the film no matter where you choose to sit.

To learn how to wire this up, if you do not how how already, check out this book: Customize Your Home Theater 5.1 channel to 15.2 and everything in between. Then apply the same concepts to grow this to a 19.2 channel surround sound. From there add a speaker selector to where the side speakers attach to the surround sound receiver. Plug two pairs of speakers into the speaker selector and make sure both speaker inputs are on to get sound out of both pairs of speakers at the same time. If you do all of this you will have a 21.2 channel surround sound system.