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. […]

Arcade Fire Cools on Everything Now

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
Arcade Fire Cools on Everything Now

Arcade Fire have indisputably been at the top of the indie rock heap for over a decade. Now, after a reinvention on 2013’s Reflektor, the big question is; can they remain the world’s most creative indie band with their new album Everything Now? Well, it would appear the jury is very much out on that […]

Composer Spotlight: Brian Tyler

Composer Spotlight: Brian Tyler

Currently among the busiest composers in the business, Brian Tyler has positioned himself as one of the top A-list composers in Hollywood. He was named Film Composer of the Year in 2014 at the Cue Awards, and has received numerous awards for his work. With three movies already out this year (xXx: Return of Xander […]

The Audio Frequency Spectrum

The Audio Frequency Spectrum

As you are probably aware, frequency is the number of occurrences of a repeating event over time. With music, pitch and rhythm are the key elements. Scientifically these are measured as frequency versus amplitude and beats per minute. Of course, frequencies occur throughout more than just music. Depending on the background of the person with […]

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 […]

Composer Spotlight: Alan Menken

Composer Spotlight: Alan Menken

  With eight Academy Awards to his name, Alan Menken is one of the most successful composers in Hollywood. His primary focus on Disney musicals has made an indelible impression on generations with classics such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Enchanted and Tangled. Although his specialty lies in songwriting, he is […]

Using Equalizers and How They Affect Your Speakers

Using Equalizers and How They Affect Your Speakers

I always thought it was interesting to see how an equalizer (EQ) would affect what I was listening to. Your childhood boom box was probably the first place you experimented with different EQ settings. They would usually have some preset EQ settings like Rock, Classical and Jazz. You can find these preset EQ’s on an […]

Top 25 Movies Coming In 2017

Top 25 Movies Coming In 2017

With the slate of movies set to release this year, 2017 is shaping up to be one for the ages. I hope you like sequels and reboots, because almost every single film on this list falls into one of those two categories. Only The Great Wall, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guide to Downloading Music Part: Which Format is Best?

Guide to Downloading Music Part: 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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