A Review of the Best Music Streaming Services of 2016

A Review of the Best Music Streaming Services of 2016

Mar 28, 2016 | No Comments

Streaming music services are fundamentally changing the way we listen to music. Some of us may still cling to our CDs and vinyl, but it’s hard to argue with the convenience of calling up millions of tracks, old and new, from a smartphone, tablet, computer, or some other connected device. Streaming isn’t a total panacea, more »

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Seven Tips to Creating Your Epic Man Cave

Seven Tips to Creating Your Epic Man Cave

Mar 18, 2016 | No Comments

Does your wife or girlfriend have a schedule packed with social appointments after work? Maybe she handles stress by visiting the spa with her friends, but that’s not your thing. It’s time you had a place of your own, too. You deserve a space to kick up your feet, crack open a beer, and drown more »

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Your Guide to Immersive Sound: Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X

Your Guide to Immersive Sound: Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X

Feb 18, 2016 | No Comments

Immersive sound has taken the home theater world by storm, easily matching the emergence of 4K Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range video as the industry’s hottest topics. Equipment manufacturers have universally embraced the technology and are actively releasing gear to make some form of immersive sound a reality in the home environment. While more »

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Creating the Perfect Home Theater System

Creating the Perfect Home Theater System

There are many things to consider while putting together a home theater system. Many questions should come to mind during this process. Rather than overwhelm yourself, pace yourself. Take the time to learn what you’re getting into before blindly purchasing. If you don’t have any audio enthusiast friends, there is plenty of educational content and more »

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9 Movies Perfect For Testing Your Surround Sound

9 Movies Perfect For Testing Your Surround Sound

Dec 3, 2015 | No Comments

There is very little that compares to breaking in your new surround sound. The following selection is based off a combination of our preferences and Academy Award nominations and winners. To be quite honest, a great pair of speakers will make any move sound better. Enjoy! Transformers Avatar The Hurt Locker Any Lord of the more »

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How to Elevate Speaker Performance Without Buying New Speakers

How to Elevate Speaker Performance Without Buying New Speakers

Nov 3, 2015 | No Comments

Speakers can be hard to please.  Place them at a disadvantage and even the best of the best will underperform, but treat them right and the most modest of models will elevate your listening experience to smile inducing levels.  While some of you have probably gone through great lengths to optimize your speakers’ performance, there’s more »

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HOW FAR SHOULD YOU SIT FROM YOUR TV?

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU SIT FROM YOUR TV?

Sep 16, 2015 | No Comments

A GUIDE TO OPTIMAL TV VIEWING DISTANCES I can still hear my mom telling me not to sit too close to the TV because I would go blind. Still not blind, however, it echoes the question of how far one should you sit from a TV? TVs have been reinvented in the past 20 years, more »

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How To Future Proof Your Home Audio Receiver Purchase

How To Future Proof Your Home Audio Receiver Purchase

Aug 17, 2015 | No Comments

About three years ago, we wrote about the sometimes daunting task of choosing a home theater receiver. The bad news is – it may have become somewhat more complicated.  The good news is that AV receivers have continued to evolve with a slew of great new features. The AV Receiver is typically the “nerve center” more »

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5 Tips To Ease the Pain of Buying a New Television in 2015

5 Tips To Ease the Pain of Buying a New Television in 2015

Jul 14, 2015 | No Comments

Buying a new High Definition Television (HDTV) can be a confusing process, especially for buyers that aren’t inherently tech savvy. Let’s face it, most folks have little desire to spend hours learning about the latest TV tech, nor do they have an interest in deciphering a seemingly endless parade of fancy acronyms and manufacturer specific more »

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To Bluetooth or Not? The pros and cons of Bluetooth connectivity

To Bluetooth or Not? The pros and cons of Bluetooth connectivity

Jun 9, 2015 | No Comments

Bluetooth has come a long way. It originated from a Danish king from the 10th century – Harald Blåtand, or as he’s known in English, Harold Bluetooth. Under his rule, fighting groups were united into what is today Norway, Sweden and Denmark. When a technology was developed that connected different products, industries, brands and technologies, more »

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Helpful Tips For Beginner & Advanced Home Theater Shoppers From our Community

Apr 7, 2015 | No Comments

I can’t take any credit for writing this article. We recently we reached out to our community and asked a simple question: – If you could tell someone ONE thing to make their life easier before purchasing a home theater system … what would you tell them?   The responses we received was golden. All more »

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Speakers Buyers Guide 101:  Choosing A Speaker For Music or Movies

Speakers Buyers Guide 101: Choosing A Speaker For Music or Movies

Mar 11, 2015 | No Comments

The Difference between music speakers and home theater surround sound speakers may not be common knowledge, but it should be. We would like to address the most common misconception held by those looking for a speaker system. Misconception #1: Speakers designed for home theater are just as good at music reproduction? Nothing could be further more »

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Why You Shouldn’t Blame Your TV For Poor Sound.

Why You Shouldn’t Blame Your TV For Poor Sound.

Feb 4, 2015 | No Comments

Anyone shopping electronics this holiday season is sure to notice the advancement in TV technology. There are so many choices. Do you get the new quantum dot 4K display technology? or a curved TV? or an old-fashioned LED? The question I have is, “where are they putting the speakers?” Modern TVs and Speaker Quality Judging more »

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How to set up your home theater with Dolby Atmos surround sound

How to set up your home theater with Dolby Atmos surround sound

What is Dolby Atmos? If you’ve been to the movies in the last couple of years, you might have heard of Dolby Atmos. If not, don’t fret: This blog will help explain what it is and, most importantly, how to set up your home theater system with Dolby Atmos surround sound. First introduced in the Disney more »

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Perception vs. Reality: A Sound Conundrum

Perception vs. Reality: A Sound Conundrum

Nov 19, 2014 | No Comments

The pursuit of “perfect” sound is more than a preoccupation at Aperion… it’s an obsession. Unfortunately it’s a lot like the pursuit of that perfect glass of wine (oenophiles chime in here), or that perfect swing of golf. To make the pursuit even more challenging, there are technical standards and equipment you can apply to more »

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Home Theater Receiver Review: Marantz SR5009

Home Theater Receiver Review: Marantz SR5009

It’s no secret among my audio pals that I’ve been a long time fan of Marantz gear. Though I’ve flirted with and have reviewed many different makes and models over the years, I keep coming back to my trusty, slimline, surprising little NR1602 (reviewed here) for my small room system and various ‘6000 and ‘7000 series more »

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Dual Subwoofer Placement for Your Home

Dual Subwoofer Placement for Your Home

If you’ve ever setup a subwoofer in your home theater system, chances are you’ve noticed that the bass sounds ripe ‘n rumble-y in some parts of the room, but not so good in others. This is due to your room’s acoustic properties and its tendency to reinforce or cancel specific bass frequencies depending on where more »

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Blueprint for your Home Theater System [Infographic]

Blueprint for your Home Theater System [Infographic]

Aug 11, 2014 | One Comment

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Outdoor Movie Magic

Outdoor Movie Magic

Jun 27, 2014 | 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 »

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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 »

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Better in Theory than Reality? Three Home Theater Ideas to Avoid

Better in Theory than Reality? Three Home Theater Ideas to Avoid

As the saying goes in life, so it goes in the wondrous worlds of Quality 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 more »

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3 Best Audio Apps You Need!

3 Best Audio Apps You Need!

May 9, 2014 | No Comments

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 »

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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 »

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The 5 Best Subwoofer Demo Tracks

The 5 Best Subwoofer Demo Tracks

Mar 26, 2014 | No 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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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 »

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

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

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.

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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5 Solutions to the BIGGEST Home Theater Mistake!

5 Solutions to the BIGGEST Home Theater Mistake!

Feb 25, 2014 | No Comments

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 19, 2013 | One Comment

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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