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

Outdoor Movie Magic

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments

Outdoor movies are back. More and more of us are waking up to the fun and wonder of taking full advantage of the summer weather and enjoying our favorite movie under the stars in our backyards, driveway or neighborhood park. Many of these events become the social event of the year… peppered with potlucks, glow more »

Three Home Theater Ideas that are Better in Theory than Reality

 As the saying goes in life, so it goes in the wondrous worlds of Home Theater and Hi-Fi: “Hindsight is 20/20.” I can’t even begin to list all of the hare-brained things I’ve tried in my quest for better sound and picture quality, only to end up making my system perform worse. Most of my ideas more »

3 Best Audio Apps You Need!

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
3 Best Audio Apps You Need!

If you’re like most people these days, you probably have a smartphone that gives you access to a world of information.  And while it’s great to have instant access to email and Facebook, smartphones are a very versatile tool that is constantly getting better.  Smartphone applications (apps) come in a all forms, from social media more »

Top 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Home Theater System

Top 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Home Theater System

With all of the great home theater gear that’s available these days, it’s tempting to just buy the products that look the most appealing, take ‘em home, hook it all up, and enjoy the show. Unfortunately, purchasing the best home theater system to fit your particular needs is almost never that easy, and the process more »

The 5 Best Subwoofer Demo Tracks

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Home Theater Blog, Music | No Comments
The 5 Best Subwoofer Demo Tracks

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 »

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 »

5 Solutions to the BIGGEST Home Theater Mistake!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments
5 Solutions to the BIGGEST Home Theater Mistake!

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 »

New Games, New Sound

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Gaming, Home Theater Blog | No Comments
New Games, New Sound

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 »

2014 CES Wrap-Up

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments
2014 CES Wrap-Up

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 »

2014 Anthem

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments
2014 Anthem

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 »

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 »

5 Essential Christmas DVDs

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Home Theater, Home Theater Blog | No Comments
5 Essential Christmas DVDs

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 »

The Ultimate Guide to Mistake-Proof Gifts for Gamers

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments
The Ultimate Guide to Mistake-Proof Gifts for Gamers

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 »

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

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments
The Gift of Music:  4 of our Top audio gift ideas

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 »

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

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | 9 Comments
5 Common Home Theater Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make.

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 »

Streaming Google Music over DLNA

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | One Comment
Streaming Google Music over DLNA

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 »

Outdoor Home Theater on a $1K Budget

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments
Outdoor Home Theater on a $1K Budget

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 »

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 »

Streaming Audio Guide

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | 2 Comments
Streaming Audio Guide

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 »

The Battle for your TV

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | 5 Comments
The Battle for your TV

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 »

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 »

Sonic Boom for your Buck: ARIS

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments
Sonic Boom for your Buck:  ARIS

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 »

The Evolving Future of Aperion

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Home Theater Blog | 5 Comments
The Evolving Future of Aperion

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 »

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 »

How to setup your home theater speakers

How to setup your home theater speakers

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 »

Welcome to the new AperionAudio.com!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Home Theater Blog | No Comments
Welcome to the new AperionAudio.com!

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »