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Stereo Imaging, Amplitude Differences, Time Arrival Differences, and the Precedence Effect

When humans hear two simultaneous arrivals of the same sound from different directions at the same amplitude, the "stereo" illusion is that the source is not from two different directions (i.e., from two separate speakers), but from a "phantom" location between those speakers.

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Rebuilding an A/V System with House-Wide Networking

I will start out by saying that this is a feature article primarily for fellow geeks interested in the process of building or rebuilding an A/V system. My home isn't exactly a showcase in design or high fashion, and the A/V system that's going back in is aiming for function ...

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DLP vs. LCD: Which is Better?

We often get questions about which TV display technology is "better". In particular, the question arises in regard to DLP vs. LCD. This article hopefully will provide some answers . . .

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Negative Feedback - Fact and Fantasy

Negative feedback, or NFB, has taken a bad rap in the high-end audio community. Misunderstood by much of the audio press, and occasionally abused by audio designers, many audiophiles shun the idea like anthrax.

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Big Bass in Small Places - A Question of Fundamentals

Despite the slightly paranoid opinions of the more reclusive audiophiles I associate with, I believe that home theater has contributed significantly to the advancement of musical reproduction. For instance, THX standards mandated flat frequency response from speakers...

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What We Hear vs. What We Perceive

Audiophiles love to characterize the sonics of pretty much everything using words that really don't apply to sound. Terms range from the general such as "Tight", "bright", "laid back", "warm," to the absurdly abstract such as my all-time favorite, "pace."

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Bass Management Woes: Trouble on the Slopes

It's amazing really.  Any decent speaker manufacturer will take excruciating pains in designing and executing the crossover between tweeter and woofer.  Most go on to devote pages in their literature to tell you about it, offering up trademarked ways to all say the same thing.

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Miscellaneous Ramblings on Subwoofer Crossover Frequencies

Many die-hard conservative audiophiles at first eschewed the use of a subwoofer as a novelty trick of home theater, unsuitable for music reproduction.  As the frequency extension benefits of a dedicated subwoofer became more and more undeniable . . .

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(Almost) Everything You Might Want to Know About Remote Controls

Everyone hates having so many remote controls, but they are necessary accessories, right?  How important is an accessory, anyway?  If you have eleven remotes on your coffee table, then something to contain the mess is obviously important.  But there's more to it than that...

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High Definition 1080p TV: Why You Should Be Concerned

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1080p, or 1080 progressive, is a very high resolution video format and screen specification. It is one of the ATSC HDTV specified formats which includes 720p, 1080i, and 1080p . . .

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Accuracy, Distortion, and the Audiophile - A Muse in Himself With His Woofers

Distortion is a dirty word. Call it euphonic. Call it pleasant. Call it pace, maple syrup, or blue berry cupcakes if you like, but put distortion in the same sentence with "music", and you've stigmatized the experience for the rest of its dysfunctional existence . . .

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