Home Theater Blog

Home Theater Blog

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

What You Should Know About Pono Music and the PonoPlayer

What You Should Know About Pono Music and the PonoPlayer

Chances are good you’ve heard about Pono Music by now. But just in case you haven’t, or aren’t quite sure what it is, here’s the short version: Pono Music consists of both a hi-rez capable, digital music store and a $399 playback device (the PonoPlayer) similar to the iTunes/i-devices model. However, any similarities to Apple-branded more »

Why do I Need a Subwoofer?

Subwoofers are Awesome! But why? Well, there are many reasons: Engineers feel liberated, they are finally able to design speakers that are bass specialists without the compromises imposed by the main speakers, without the impositions that bass requirements demand. Now that subwoofers have allowed the main speakers to shrink to tiny proportions, wives appreciate having more »

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

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

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 »

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

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

CES 2014 – Day 1

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Audio Technology, Just for Fun | No Comments
CES 2014 – Day 1

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 »

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 »

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

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

  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 »

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 »

Dorm Room Audio Essentials

Dorm Room Audio Essentials

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 »

Airplay with the Allaire Aris

Airplay with the Allaire Aris

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 »

Banana Plug Installation Video

Banana Plug Installation Video

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 »

New Receivers from Marantz

New Receivers from Marantz

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 »

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

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

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 »

The Perception of Sound

By: Ken Humphreys Speaker Engineer After a sound wave reaches your eardrum, the real magic begins. When you’re aware of a sound, your ear and brain are working together on the difficult task of selecting which sound to pay attention to, what might be making it, where it’s located and much more. Here are a more »

How to Use your SPL Meter

Calibrating your home theater system is critical to an awesome home entertainment center, and only takes about 10 minutes to accomplish. The SPL meter measures the level of sound coming out of your speakers and it will help you fine-tune your system for the best possible sound. To start, you’ll need to turn on your more »

How to Enjoy Streaming Media

By Oliver Amnuayphol Home Theater Guru It’s hard to believe there was a time when using physical storage media, like CDs and Blu-rays, were the only way we could enjoy our music and movies whenever—and almost wherever—we wanted. Nowadays, using disc media is becoming the exception rather than the norm: The popularity of digital entertainment more »

How Subwoofers Work

By: Ken Humphreys Speaker Engineer The Lowest Of Lows Subwoofers boom the thunder, the rumbles, the explosions and the guttural lows that bring music and DVDs to life. Reproducing low frequencies from 20-100 Hz, subwoofers let other speakers be diminutive and unassuming. In other words, your other speakers’ cabinetry doesn’t have to be as large more »

How Speakers Work

By: Professor Humphreys Speaker Engineer Put simply, speakers make sound waves. They pull this off by converting electric signals to movements of air. The mechanics of all this can be easily understood. Since knowledge is power, enjoy the process of becoming more powerful as you journey through this course. The Anatomy Looks Something Like This: more »

Crossover Design and Theory

By Ken Humphreys, Speaker Engineer Why crossovers? Speakers produce an astonishing range of waves! The highest frequency humans can hear requires a speaker’s driver to move back and forth 20,000 time a second in order to make those 2/3” long sonic waves. The deepest audible bass makes the driver move about 60 times a second more »

Banana Plug Installation Tutorial

Confused about how to install your banana plugs in your home theater system?  Caleb Denison walks you through the ins and outs in this informative video tutorial.

Wireless Audio from your Computer

By Mike Hopkins: Aperion Product Manager With the constant progression of digital media over the past 5 to 10 years, especially with music, there usually comes a time in your life where you are forced, one way or another, to make drastic changes in how you listen to music. The idea of wirelessly sending music more »

Glossary: Home Theater Terms

Terms and Lingo From A to Z   # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z # 0 dB – the threshold of hearing, 130 dB is the threshold of pain. 24/96 – Usually refers to more »