1. Are Bigger Speakers Always Better?

    When it comes to speakers, you may have heard that bigger is always better. Is this really true? Will you always get better sound out of a bigger speaker?

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  2. Do I Need a Cooling Fan?

    Hifi audio and home theatre systems require a lot of equipment and electronic devices that produce heat, such as amplifiers, receivers, preamplifiers, tuners, projectors, bluray players, and more. Having all of these heat-generating components near each other in a small space can be a problem. Crammed electronics without sufficient venting can create a risk of the components overheating, which can damage your expensive equipment. This is especially a consideration when there isn't space or a path for hot air to release and exchange with cool air, such as in tight shelving or electronics placed near walls.

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  3. What is a Balanced Audio Signal?

    You may think that all audio cables used to connect your amplifiers and speakers are the same, and as long as you use a cable that connects to the right ports, you're in the clear -- think again. Not all cables are created the same, and using the right connection type can impact your audio quality depending on your hifi setup. There are two main types of connections when it comes to analog audio cables: balanced and unbalanced. It's important to understand the difference between balanced and unbalanced connections because each has its own advantages and disadvantages; having a balanced audio signal may improve the audio quality of your speaker system.

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  4. Acoustic Room Treatment: A How-To

    If you're interested in pro audio or any kind of music recording and production, it's important to understand acoustic treatment and how it impacts sound in a room. When it comes to recording, acoustic treatment can actually be more important than the quality of equipment you're using. If you invest in expensive recording gear, you still won't be able to get high quality, clean recordings if the room you're recording in isn't optimized. Room acoustics can also impact playback and how you hear the music that comes out of your studio monitors.

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