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A Cheap Way to Test A Room’s Acoustics

2019-08-02T12:50:36-07:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

The importance of your listening room’s acoustics cannot be overstated. It can make or break the sound quality of your system, even if you’re using high-end equipment. Here’s a quick way to get an idea of what you’re dealing with acoustically in your listening room. Walk into the middle of your room and clap

The Truth About Power Ratings – Revisited

2016-12-16T09:21:11-08:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|

A few months ago, we did a blog titled: Power Ratings and the Games People Play. This is an important topic, because many consumers choose their Audio/Video Receivers based upon the number of watts per channel published by the manufacturer. Unfortunately, as they say, "power corrupts" and a number of manufacturers are  manipulating their

Wattage Ratings And The Games People Play

2016-12-16T09:21:11-08:00June 10th, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|

When it comes to audio, one of the most abused and misleading specifications is the wattage rating of amplifiers and audio/video receivers. In the 1970's, the situation was so bad that the Federal Trade Commission had to create rules for wattage ratings. It was easier then, because we were only dealing with stereo and its

Can A Good Router Give You A Better Audio/Video Experience?

2015-04-25T01:51:06-07:00April 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|

If you have Internet service in your home, you probably have a router. This is an important piece of equipment that is often overlooked. Usually, the router is supplied by your Internet provider and also contains the modem. The modem is the device that connects you to the Internet. The router part performs several functions:

One of Audio's Greatest

2016-12-16T09:21:11-08:00April 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|

This past Thanksgiving, the audio industry lost a gentle giant; Leon Kuby. Lee was an important part of Harman Kardon during it's early days. He was largely responsible for the Citation line of audio components that are still cherished by audiophiles today. After his tenure at HK, he worked with Infinity (a Harman company) helping

Can iTunes Music Sound Good?

2016-12-16T09:21:11-08:00April 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|

When you purchase music on iTunes, it comes compressed, where some of the musical information is eliminated in order to save data space (there are however some lossless compressed formats that retain all of the data). Somewhat similar to MP3s, Apple has their own format called AAC. Purchased tunes usually have a bit rate of

The Incredible Shrinking Speaker

2016-12-16T09:21:11-08:00February 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|

People's ideas of how large their speakers should be have sure changed over the years. During the 1970's, our most popular model, the RSL Studio Monitor was a 12" 3 way system. It was 25" tall, 14 1/2" wide, and 12" deep. Our customers would put these in their living rooms or dens in bookshelves

Dolby Atmos Vs Auro 3D

2016-12-16T09:21:11-08:00February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts|

Dolby Atmos Auro 3D Since we first discussed our impressions of Dolby Atmos a few months ago, we've taken several more Atmos systems for a test drive. We also had the opportunity to experience Belgium's Auro-3D during our visit to CES. We found that both systems have strengths and weaknesses. So we thought we'd put

How Long Should A Speaker Last?

2016-12-16T09:21:11-08:00December 6th, 2014|Categories: Blog Posts|

  RSL 28 - Circa 1972                                                                          RSL CG4 - Current The answer to that depends on how they're constructed and if they're designed to be repaired. Many current speakers, in order to save money, have their woofers and tweeters built into a single plastic front board (called the baffle).