How to Compare A/V Receiver Power Specs

How to Compare A/V Receiver Power Specs

Like many consumer electronics purchases, an A/V receiver is a significant investment. Not only will you probably be spending at least $600 on one, but it will have a large effect on how the audio coming from your speakers sounds. In short, anything you run through your A/V receiver will only sound as good as […]

The Truth About Speaker Impedance

The Truth About Speaker Impedance

Impedance, it’s a fairly straight forward concept, all electrical circuits and components resist the flow of electricity (or current) to some degree and the way we measure that resistance is impedance. The unit of measurement of impedance are ohms, often symbolized by the Greek letter omega: Ω. All pretty simple, right? Well, there’s still many […]

The Top 5 Reasons to Add a Subwoofer to Your System

The Top 5 Reasons to Add a Subwoofer to Your System

Once upon a time, back in the Dark Ages of the mid 20th Century, people either listened to music on their hi-fi system consisting of two speakers or watched TV accompanied only by the speaker inside the TV set. That started changing with the introduction of the subwoofer in the ’60s, but things really got […]

Home Theater & Speaker Week in Review 4/20/18

Home Theater & Speaker Week in Review 4/20/18

Austrian Company to Offer High Definition Vinyl Pitchfork has intriguing details on the creation of a high definition vinyl LP format, by Austrian company Rebeat Innovation. What does HD vinyl mean? The process involves converting the audio to a 3D topographic map that is then laser etched onto the “stamper”, which is the piece of […]

6 Movies To Show Off Your Atmos System

6 Movies To Show Off Your Atmos System

Here at Aperion Audio, one thing we really love is a great sounding movie.  Having a well mixed film not only adds to the realism of the experience, but it’s a great way to show off your awesome speakers! Luckily, we live in a time with an unprecedented level of high-production quality, led by more […]

Which Subwoofer Design Should You Choose?

Which Subwoofer Design Should You Choose?

The subwoofer is the most specialized speaker in your home theater, generally dedicated to producing bass frequencies that are around 100 Hz down to 20 Hz.  Because subwoofers use large drivers and are typically powered by their own amps, they can produce the long wavelengths of low frequencies at a higher dB level than a […]

Home Theater & Speaker Week in Review 3/28/18

Home Theater & Speaker Week in Review 3/28/18

Cambridge Audio Launches Edge Series For the last 50 years UK company Cambridge Audio has been known as a source of quality amplifiers and one of the companies that has been at the forefront of creating the well balanced “British Sound”. Here at Aperion, we’ve long been fans of them and recommend their gear as […]

Home Theater & Speaker Week in Review 3/15/18

Home Theater & Speaker Week in Review 3/15/18

Samsung Reveals New TV Lineup for 2018 The biggest news this week for home theater was Samsung unveiling their new TV lineup for the rest of the year. The bulk of their new models are of the Samsung’s proprietary QLED type, or “quantum light emitting diode” for the acronym averse. What’s a QLED TV? Well. […]

Home Theater & Speaker Week in Review 3/8/18

Home Theater & Speaker Week in Review 3/8/18

Digital Trends Names Aperion Allaire Best Computer Speakers Over at Digital Trends, they have once again named the Allaire Bluetooth speakers as their overall top pick for computer speakers! With all the competition out there, we are extremely honored to have been recognized as top of the heap in this category. Here’s a little of […]

The Aperion Guide to Wiring and Cable Management

The Aperion Guide to Wiring and Cable Management

Once you’ve purchased your speakers, receiver, TV and accessories and have hooked everything up, it’s time to address all of the wires and make things look as clean as possible. This article will guide you through the best solutions for cable management as well as go over some strategies for running wires to the surround […]

The Aperion Guide to 4K Ultra HD Video

The Aperion Guide to 4K Ultra HD Video

For the last few years 4K Ultra HD (UHD) video has been the next big thing, but with relatively little content, buying a 4K display was more about future proofing a setup than actually taking advantage of the technology. Now, with 4K Blu-rays coming out all the time as well as 4K streaming content from […]

The Top Ten Gadgets for the Holidays

The Top Ten Gadgets for the Holidays

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the time to start scoping out all the coolest gift ideas so you don’t end up in a battle to the death for the last coveted hot gift at your local big box store. We’ve rounded up the top ten gadgets of the year in one convenient […]

5.1 vs 7.1, Dolby Atmos & More!

5.1 vs 7.1, Dolby Atmos & More!

These days there is such a wide variety and combination of speaker setups, your shopping experience may end up being a little overwhelming. Whether you’re just starting your journey into a home theater system, or consider yourself a seasoned vet, you should first figure out just how immersive of an audio experience you want. While […]

Small Room Speaker Systems – Big Sound, Small Space

Small Room Speaker Systems – Big Sound, Small Space

Do you have a small room but don’t want to compromise on sound? This article will help you get big sound from small room speaker systems without breaking the bank. Here at Aperion we always start with our customer’s room in order to provide the best recommendation for an optimal system for each unique space. […]

Speaker Stands vs. Wall Mounts

Speaker Stands vs. Wall Mounts

Placing speakers can be a difficult task, not only do you need to balance visual aesthetics with optimal sound performance, but there are different guidelines for placing each speaker in a surround sound set up. This article will compare the benefits of speaker stands vs. wall mounts and also some general rules of thumb for […]

20 Of the Most Expensive Amplifiers In the World

20 Of the Most Expensive Amplifiers In the World

There are audiophiles and then there are audiophiles. In the realm of extreme luxury, yachts, private jets and cars tend occupy the attention and shopping habits of the mega-wealthy. But the audiophile industry offers no shortage of ridiculously expensive gear to satisfy the most discerning of auditory palettes. Most of the amps listed here are […]

Demystifying Towers vs Bookshelf Speakers

Demystifying Towers vs Bookshelf Speakers

One of the most common questions we get is, “What’s the difference between a bookshelf speaker and a tower speaker?” While this may seem obvious to some, many novices aren’t sure what the real differences are. From a technical standpoint it’s just physics – sound is literally the physical movement of air. This is why […]

Choosing Your Surround Speakers

Choosing Your Surround Speakers

Positioning the surround speakers is crucial in order to enjoy the immersive sound that home theater is known for. But, deciding which configuration and what type of speaker to use can be daunting. The tragic fact is many people don’t even connect the surround speakers in their system, thus eliminating an integral part of the experience. […]

How Architectural Speakers Can Improve Your Home Theater

How Architectural Speakers Can Improve Your Home Theater

What better way to furnish your home audio needs than with architectural speakers? They are used and integrate well in modern smart-homes and are also favored for family room entertainment. Another great use is listening to music seamlessly from room to room. Additionally, there is a rising popularity in 3-Dimensional audio. While there are many […]

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 […]

Secrets to Selecting a Subwoofer

Secrets to Selecting a Subwoofer

Who doesn’t love some solid subwoofer action? Evidently my mother. Deep bass makes her nauseous. So I understand when she asks me to turn off the subs in my car when we’re cruising around town. Regardless, most of us have a passion deep in our soul for bass. A subwoofer provides one sole purpose; to […]

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 […]

How to Choose The Best Speaker Wire

How to Choose The Best 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Building a Speaker System on a Budget

By: Caleb Denison, Home Theater Guru On a budget? Not ready to plunge headlong into a full on 7.1 home theater system just yet? No problem. The solution is to piece meal your system.  You get the advantages of a lower initial investment, you lessen the shock value to your significant other by having fewer […]

Armed and Ready to Shop – Home Electronics Buying Guide

Five Tips to Get You Started TIP #1 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. Ask Yourself: In what room will my home theater be?Is it going to be a room solely for my system or will it […]

Flat Panel TV Buying Guide

By: Oliver Amnuayphol – Home Theater Guru Who could’ve imagined just a little over ten years ago those bulky, heavy, and big-boxed TVs that were once the dominating force in home theater viewing would rapidly slim down into lean, mean, sexy flat panel machines? While CRTs (the technology behind traditional tube, rear projection, and front projection […]