Why is a speaker cabinet with a transmission line better than a cabinet with a simple port?
The definition of a "transmission line" differs depending on who you ask or what you read. A simple port by some definitions is a type of transmission line. But we distinguish our designs from simple ported designs because we don't just cut a hole in the cabinet and insert a straight plastic tube.
Do I really need a powered subwoofer?
Many people still cling to the idea that a powered subwoofer is only necessary if you are using small bookshelf speakers. While a powered subwoofer can, and usually should be used to assist in the bass reproduction of every channel, its main purpose in home theater is to reproduce the Low Frequency Effects (LFE) channel. This channel (the ".1" in a "5.1" or "7.1" recording) was introduced with Dolby Digital and DTS and offers a completely unique conduit for low frequency information and effects. If you don't have a powered subwoofer, you're completely missing out on this exciting stream of low frequency information.
Does HTD offer an in-wall center channel speaker?
The center channel speaker is arguably the most important speaker in your system, but not because it reproduces sound any differently, but because in movies the center channel receives 90% of the dialogue. If you plan on using an in-wall speaker for the center channel then we recommend using a single speaker identical to the front left and right speakers for the center channel location. This is the only way to guarantee a 100% perfect “timbre match”, meaning that all three of the front speakers will sound exactly the same.
What cable should I run for surround sound?
A special type of cable is necessary to connect the subwoofer (LFE) channel on a home theater receiver to the subwoofer amplifier. For the other speakers, consideration needs to be given to cables run behind walls/ceilings versus only within the room.
What is Macassar Ebony?
Macassar Ebony is a highly figured hardwood. It is immediately recognizable due to its striking and unusual grain pattern, usually appearing as “striped” patterns of light and very dark brown. While it is not a CITES restricted wood, it is rare, expensive, and highly sought after by master woodcrafters for its beauty and durability.
Standard Speaker Connection to Bi-Wire Posts
All of our Level THREE Bookshelf, Center, and Tower Speakers include two pairs of 5-way gold-plated binding post connections. Two pairs of binding posts allow for a standard connection (shown here) or a bi-wire or bi-amp connection (read more). 5-way binding posts allow for your cable to be connected by either: 1. bare wire (shown), 2. spade connectors, 3. pin connectors, 4. individual banana plugs, or 5. dual banana plugs.
Is a bi-wire speaker connection worth the added cost?
Many audiophiles (self-proclaimed home audio enthusiasts/experts) will only connect speakers using bi-wire or bi-amping. The benefit to most listeners is negligible and not worth the additional cost. But to audio-purists, even the slightest improvement can make all the difference to their listening experience.
Understanding Your Options for Wired, Wireless, and Hybrid-Wireless Whole-House Audio
The objective of this white paper is to provide enough information about Whole-House Audio (WHA) so that you can make an informed decision about how best to set up your home for high quality listening and control of music, TV audio, and other audio sources. For new home construction, I clarify what types of cable (if any) should be run before the walls and attic space get closed in.
Sonos says to throw the baby out with the bathwater
Well, actually they recommend recycling the baby. Sonos has recently been in the news with the revelation that many of their older models of smart speakers will soon stop receiving software updates. While a follow-up to the announcement by the CEO clarified that those devices will continue to work as they do now and will be supported with bug fixes and security patches “for as long as possible”, there is still the concern that they will not work well with newer models (unless you dummy down the newer models) and that older models may need to be segregated, essentially resulting in two disparate systems in the same home. Even then, there is concern that future updates to music streaming services will not be supported in the older models.