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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Getting the Most out of Outdoor Sound

By: Ken Humphreys Speaker Engineer So you’re thinking about adding sound to where you really like to spend a nice day – outdoors on your patio, deck or maybe by the pool – but you’re not quite sure what you’re getting into. Well, allow us to lend a hand. What to Look for in Outdoor more »

Enjoying Vinyl

By: Jeff Dorgay Publisher, Tone Audio You heard right – vinyl, as in LP’s that you probably remember from a long time ago, perhaps even in your parents music collection. Believe it or not, the analog record has been making a strong comeback for about the last 10 years now, and is getting stronger every 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 »