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Home Theater Blog

Pulling back the curtain on all things audio… including home theater, wireless

The 5 Best Subwoofer Demo Tracks

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Mar 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

The 5 Best Subwoofer Demo Tracks I’ll come right out and say it… I love bass! I have since my first live concert featuring Sammy Hagar and Boston. Just like David Banner’s exposure to copious amounts of gamma rays resulted in The Hulk, something changed in my chemical makeup after those 64 foot pressure waves, ... more »

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Home Theater 101:  I bought a TV, now what?

Home Theater 101: I bought a TV, now what?

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Mar 20, 2014 | No Comments

At Aperion Audio when I talk with people about putting together a home theater, most can be categorized into two groups.  The first full of people that love audio and have built a nice system for music but now they want to watch movies at home as well.  I’d say that about 10% of our ... more »

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Tube amp or not Tube amp?  That is the question.

Tube amp or not Tube amp? That is the question.

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Mar 12, 2014 | No Comments

From time to time we get calls from our customers asking what amplifier we recommend for a stereo setup.  As the world of two channel components has changed over the years, there are now more options than ever. The most common being one of 3 types: tube amps, solid state amps and hybrids. One of ... more »

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My Sincerest Apology

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Mar 4, 2014 | No Comments

Dear Aperions and Guests, It was brought to my attention that a portion of my previous blog was read as an insensitive reference to the tragedy that occurred in a Florida theater last month. Being unaware of that event doesn’t lessen the impact my choice of words may have had on some readers. I apologize ... more »

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5 Solutions to the BIGGEST Home Theater Mistake!

5 Solutions to the BIGGEST Home Theater Mistake!

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Feb 25, 2014 | One Comment

You have a vision of the family nestled on the couch watching the Hobbit on your own home theater system, without the annoyance of the big theater experience… somebody kicking the back of your chair, stepping on your toes to get to their seat, or texting despite the myriad requests not to. You establish a ... more »

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How to Choose Speaker Wire

How to Choose Speaker Wire

So what’s the deal with all the different kinds of speaker wire? There isn’t a more controversial topic in the world of audio.  In one corner, you have the true believers asking incredulously: “What do you mean you can’t hear the difference?  There must be something wrong with your ears.”  In the other corner you ... more »

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The Physics of Sound

The Physics of Sound

How To Make A Sound Wave Whenever an object is plucked, tapped, rubbed, smacked or otherwise touched in any way, that object will vibrate. Newton summed it up in his third law, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This action/reaction creates a vibration where air molecules push and pull each other ... more »

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New Games, New Sound

New Games, New Sound

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Jan 21, 2014 | No Comments

The recent 2014 Consumer Electronics Show revealed many new and exciting things for gamers this year! Three highlights for the gaming crowd were the Valve-sponsored Steam Machines, the virtual-reality headset called the Oculus Rift, while console owners finally got a look at Sony’s PlayStation Now video game streaming service. With PC gaming’s move into the ... more »

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2-Channel Stereo Speaker Placement

2-Channel Stereo Speaker Placement

Other than your speakers, the most important thing determining musical quality is where you place your speakers (and your favorite easy chair) in your room. But sadly, with little commercial interest to defend the crucial role speaker placement plays, this subject gets neglected.Your speaker placement affects three things – bass performance, virtual sound location (sound ... more »

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2014 CES Wrap-Up

2014 CES Wrap-Up

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Jan 14, 2014 | No Comments

Awed by a roiling sea of technology and on the verge of a mental capsize… that’s what attending this year’s CES felt like. My purpose in going is multifold. I get to touch base with my peers in the audio industry, see and hear amazing speakers and other audio devices, and to divine what the ... more »

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CES 2014 – Day 1

CES 2014 – Day 1

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Jan 8, 2014 | No Comments

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the largest industry event in the US. With approximately 140,000 attendees, navigating this event is like trying to shop in the middle of a stampede. It’s literally should to should here… but the bright shiny objects make it all worthwhile. The first day of the ... more »

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2014 Anthem

2014 Anthem

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Jan 5, 2014 | No Comments

I approach this time of year with a weird blend of anticipation and antipathy. The anticipation is for what I perceive the New Year might bring. The antipathy is grounded in the retrospective analysis of what I accomplished during the previous twelve months. Like most of you, I begin each year with a list of ... more »

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Wiring for Whole House Distributed Audio

Wiring for Whole House Distributed Audio

By Mike Hopkins Aperion Audio Product Development Manager Have you ever wanted to listen to some music in the kitchen while you were making dinner, but you just didn’t have space to add speakers and an amplifier? How about having music playing in the background in every room of your house? Well, the good news ... more »

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Three ways to make your wireless Christmas tech gifts sound awesome!

Three ways to make your wireless Christmas tech gifts sound awesome!

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Dec 27, 2013 | No Comments

  Christmas has come and gone for another year.  Holiday sales from Black Friday through the end of the year have been crazier than ever, especially for mobile devices and audio/video electronics.   Like many people out there, you’ve probably added some new wireless high tech toys and are excited about learning how to use ... more »

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How to get the Most out of Your Subwoofer

How to get the Most out of Your Subwoofer

By: Ken Humphreys Speaker Engineer The cornerstone of every home theater and many music audio systems is the subwoofer, and home theater owners want to shake every corner of their home theater to its foundation. This course will help you do just that, in the highest possible fidelity. (Note, we are not responsible for noise ... more »

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5 Essential Christmas DVDs

5 Essential Christmas DVDs

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Dec 11, 2013 | No Comments

All seasons have their defining visual cues. I have my visual cues for Christmas. They include a specific artificial tree, memory stamped decorations, and a unique ceramic nativity set. It also includes viewing a set of movies, without which, Christmas would not be complete. I have specific and exacting criteria that movies must pass to ... more »

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The Ultimate Guide to Mistake-Proof Gifts for Gamers

The Ultimate Guide to Mistake-Proof Gifts for Gamers

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Dec 5, 2013 | No Comments

Navigating the world of gaming gifts can be a daunting task, even for those of us who live and breathe it. With dozens of games, multiple consoles, and games which cost fifty dollars and over, it can be difficult to know where to begin! Luckily for you, the team here at Aperion Audio has you ... more »

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The Gift of Music:  4 of our Top audio gift ideas

The Gift of Music: 4 of our Top audio gift ideas

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Nov 12, 2013 | No Comments

Holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about giving.   If you’re like me, there is probably one family member or loved one that is impossible to find the right gift for because they seemingly already have EVERYTHING!   in my opinion, the key to giving a great gift isn’t about ... more »

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How to Choose a Subwoofer

How to Choose a Subwoofer

By: Ken Humphreys Speaker Engineer What’s A Subwoofer To Do? A subwoofer’s calling in life is simply to bring deep, awe-inspiring bass to your movies and music. “All right, cool” you say, “Which one should I get?” Allow us to assist. Your Comparison Checklist Please use this checklist as you shop for your new speakers ... more »

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5 Common Home Theater Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make.

5 Common Home Theater Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make.

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Oct 14, 2013 | 9 Comments

There’s nothing more exciting that setting up your home theater speakers.  You’ve spent months doing your research to find the perfect components that you need to bring a multiplex home cinema experience to your living room, so don’t take any shortcuts that will compromise their performance.  We’ll cover a few of the most common home theater ... more »

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Streaming Google Music over DLNA

Streaming Google Music over DLNA

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Sep 18, 2013 | One Comment

Hey all you Google Music lovers out there, I have some great news!  There is a new App out for Android called Cast to UPnP/DLNA for Gmusic that lets you stream your Google music in the cloud over DLNA!   Awesome? You bet!  Please let me explain.   Google music is a two part cloud ... more »

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Outdoor Home Theater on a $1K Budget

Outdoor Home Theater on a $1K Budget

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Sep 4, 2013 | No Comments

There’s nothing better than enjoying a summer evening outside with friends and family, so why not stay outside as the evening cools and watch a movie?   Outdoor home theaters seem to really be gaining in popularity in the US and I think that the lower cost and availability of  projectors would have something to ... more »

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Dorm Room Audio Essentials

Dorm Room Audio Essentials

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Aug 14, 2013 | No Comments

It’s almost time for school to start again and as many college students know, having a nice audio system can make dorm life much more enjoyable.  Headphones are great and probably offer the most affordable way to get you great sound on a tight budget, but they’re for your ears only and not practical for ... more »

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Streaming Audio Guide

Streaming Audio Guide

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Jul 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

The way we listen to music has changed more in the last 10 years than it had in the previous 100 in terms variety and access.  Not only is the library of music available absolutely massive, it’s also all digital, allowing you to listen on your phone or stream to wireless speakers around your home ... more »

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The Battle for your TV

The Battle for your TV

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Jul 25, 2013 | 5 Comments

You’ve probably noticed that there is a battle between a few major companies right now on how to best deliver high quality video content to your TV.   This is great for us home theater speaker folks because we don’t need to constantly worry about our speakers becoming outdated, but we can expect better and ... more »

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Airplay with the Allaire Aris

Airplay with the Allaire Aris

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Jun 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

With our new  Allaire Aris wireless speaker, one of the many advantages is controlling it with your smartphone.   At $374, in addition to our amazing sounding Allaire Aris speaker, you also will receive our wireless card that connects to your home network and is DLNA 1.5 compliant.  Using many of the free DLNA apps ... more »

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Banana Plug Installation Video

Banana Plug Installation Video

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Jun 19, 2013 | No Comments

Banana plugs are a great way to make a quick and easy connection from your receiver to your speakers and to get your home theater set up in no time at all.   Once you have terminated your speaker wire they make it really convenient to plug your speakers in or unplug them should ever need ... more »

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New Receivers from Marantz

New Receivers from Marantz

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Jun 6, 2013 | No Comments

Aperion Audio has been a long time fan of Marantz receivers.  We have long felt that Marantz receivers bring out some of the best qualities in Aperion speakers, one of those magical combinations that just work so well together.  Marantz will be releasing their new line of receivers this summer and we couldn’t be happier. ... more »

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Sonic Boom for your Buck:  ARIS

Sonic Boom for your Buck: ARIS

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May 21, 2013 | No Comments

Last week I talked about how crucial speaker placement is and how it will largely affect overall sound performance, sound stage and imaging.  The same rules apply for portable or tabletop speakers as well; however this poses a bit of a design challenge.  With placing stereo speakers, we’re using placement and separation of each speaker ... more »

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The Evolving Future of Aperion

The Evolving Future of Aperion

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May 16, 2013 | 5 Comments

Change, death and taxes are the certainties of life. We instinctively fear or suffer the anticipation of all three. How nice it would be to live in a world where the things we were certain of supported feelings of excitement, hope and joy. I believe that’s why religious institutions, in all their varied flavors, exist… ... more »

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Guide to Downloading Music Part 1: Which Format is Best?

Guide to Downloading Music Part 1: Which Format is Best?

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May 9, 2013 | One Comment

Getting into downloading music can be intimidating with all of the different formats that are out there, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide to help familiarize you with some of the options.   We’ll take you through the best format to download digital music as well as the pros and cons of each. ... more »

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How to setup your home theater speakers

How to setup your home theater speakers

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May 3, 2013 | 3 Comments

Speaker Placement, Imaging and Soundstage (2 Channel) Today we’re going to quickly talk about home theater speaker set up and listening.   It’s important to realize that other than your speakers, the most important thing determining musical quality is where you place your speakers, and your seating position in relation to those speakers.  Sadly, with little ... more »

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Welcome to the new AperionAudio.com!

Welcome to the new AperionAudio.com!

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Sep 3, 2012 | No Comments

Hi everyone, Alex at Aperion here.  I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to the new version of Aperion Audio, as well as our new blog!  We’ve been working on this for quite some time, and it feels great to finally be able to show it to you. Things shouldn’t throw you ... more »

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What Goes Where?  How to Set Up Your Home Theater

What Goes Where? How to Set Up Your Home Theater

Getting the Most Out of Your Room What are the most important components in your home theater? Your room and your speakers. What this means is that how your speakers and your room partner up directly effects the quality of your home theater experience. Most rooms are fairly accommodating, but there are a few tips ... more »

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Video Games and Home Theater

Video Games and Home Theater

By: Mike Hopkins Aperion Product Manager Think Video Games Are Just For Kids? Think again! Studies have shown that the average gamer is over thirty years old and new high definition videogame consoles like the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 usher in a new era of gameplay — integrating seamlessly into a modern home ... more »

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Types of Home Theater Speakers

Types of Home Theater Speakers

By: Professor Humphries Speaker Engineer Speakers Working Together Spend some quality time with your room. It’s as much a component in your home theater system as any of the electronics you’ll buy. Variations on this theme sometimes include: 1. A specialized center channel speaker. 2. More surround speakers (assuming it’s okay with your receiver). 3. ... more »

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TVs Come in All Shapes and Sizes

TVs Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Direct View—A True Original Still the most common TV in homes today, Direct View CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) is the original granddaddy that started it all. Invented in the late 1920s, the concept remains essentially the same to this day. A glass vacuum tube with a flat screen is covered with red, blue and green ... more »

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TV Jargon Demystified

What is Analog? Most of the world still views TV via an analog signal. The video data is transmitted continuously using variable electrical frequencies (wave lengths). The TV dutifully accepts this data and translates it into the picture you see. Videocassettes, audio cassettes, and radio are all shining examples of analog signals. Although the picture ... more »

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Sizing up your TV

The Formula—Helpful or Bogus? Theoretically, there’s a formula for calculating “ideal” screen-to-viewing distance. Ideal because some experts say it’s the distance you should sit from you TV so that you see the whole image without seeing the lines or pixels used to create it. But you know how theories can be. Nevertheless, it looks something ... more »

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Multichannel Speaker Placement

By: Professor Humphreys Speaker Engineer Optimizing A Multi-channel Set-Up For Surround Sound The explosion of home theater and multi-channel music has changed the landscape of home audio forever. Instead of your entertainment system consisting of monstrous floor mounted stereo speakers of the 70’s and 80’s, you can build your system out of a combination of ... more »

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Home Theater: from 5.1 to 7.1

By Caleb Denison Home Theater Guru While doing research on home theater you’ve no doubt run into these numbers. This isn’t secret code designed to confuse you. It’s actually pretty simple stuff – but it’s important for you to know what they mean and, equally important, which configuration best suits your needs. In this course, ... more »

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Home Theater Defined

Know Your Room The whole point of a good home theater system is that it caters to your room just as it is. Hence, that word “home”. Whether your room is cavernous, middling or peewee, rest assured there is a home theater solution ideal for you. Let’s begin with an examination of your space with ... more »

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Home Theater Connection and Configuration

Connecting wires to your receiver Positives (+) always plug into positives (+), the negatives (-) always plug into negatives (-). Likewise, reds always plug into reds and blacks always plug into blacks (or whatever color wheel a manufacturer is using). Remedial as these reminders might be, if your wires are not plugged in properly, they ... more »

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HDMI Cable Buyer’s Guide

By: Oliver Amnuayphol Home Theater Guru If you’ve recently spent any time checking out HDTVs or other high-resolution home theater components, chances are you’ve heard some buzz about HDMI, and for good reason: Since its introduction in late 2003, HDMI has practically become the universal standard for bringing together today’s high-definition home theater components. Thanks ... more »

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Video Game Console Buyers’ Guide

By Alex Pasco Aperion Audio Creative Manager This article was originally posted in 2008, we’ve updated it to reflect pricing changes.  Studies have shown that this is going to be the biggest year yet for the video game industry – an industry that has seen record growth for the past ten years and no signs ... more »

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How to Choose a Soundbar

By Oliver Amnuayphol Home Theater Guru Soundbars are the latest speaker system technology that feature a full-range speaker array in a compact cabinet to match flat-panel TVs aesthetics, but they can’t replicate the full theater-like experience you get from multiple speakers. So when does a soundbar make sense for you? They are the perfect solution ... more »

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By: Ken Humphreys Speaker Engineer Have you noticed those attractive speakers mounted in a wall or ceiling and admired the way they visually disappear in a room? Are you looking to add distributed audio throughout your house? In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers may be the right choice. The following questions paired with our advice will help ... more »

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How to Make Fair Speaker Comparisons

By: Ken Humphreys Speaker Engineer Making Fair Speaker Comparisons Which speakers should you get? You’ve read all the specs, done your homework memorizing speaker concepts and theory, read tons of reviews, solicited the opinions of friends and scoured the internet. But at the end of the day, the real test is how they sound. Yep, ... more »

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How to Choose Speakers

Speakers Make The System If a person’s got second-rate speakers they’ve got a second-rate home theater, no matter how high-end the other components. Any home theater junkie will tell you the best way to improve a home theater is with a speaker upgrade. Heck, many experts even go as far as recommending that half your ... more »

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How to Choose a Receiver

Selecting a home theater receiver can be a real challenge.  Being bombarded with models and terms and specifications is enough to make you pass out!  With that in mind, we present our handy course on choosing a home theater receiver. Before you’re ready to spend your hard earned cash, you should ask yourself a few ... more »

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