Anyone who owns a LED or Plasma flat screen TV knows that their TV speakers suck. Fortunately, Sonos comes to the rescue. The Sonos Playbar brings awesomeness to your LED or Plasma TV in the form of a sound bar — a self-contained substitute for a home theater receiver and separate home theater speakers and subwoofer that might otherwise be used. Stocked with an impressive nine drivers, the compact, low-profile Playbar employs rounded corners and silver accents to earn more style points than most sound bars, which tend to be black, boxy, and décor-damaging. At just 3.3 inches tall, it can sit in front of your TV without blocking the IR or the screen itself. Alternately, you can rotate it 90 degrees for mounting on a wall with the optional wall bracket. Internal sensors detect the orientation and adjust the audio output accordingly. Like other Sonos pieces, the Playbar needs an internet connection from your router. If you already own a Sonos music system, then the Playbar will sync with your other Sonos speakers wirelessly. If you do not already have a Sonos music system and you don’t have an ethernet connection at the TV then you can get your .. read more
The 2012 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel on October 12-14. Furniture will be removed from over 150 of the hotel’s sleeping rooms and manufacturers will set up complete stereo systems for attendees to audition. You are encouraged to go from room to room, have a seat and casually listen. In fact, feel free to bring your own iPods, discs or records to the show, as most exhibitors will be more than happy to play one or two songs of your favorite music. A variety of stereo equipment types will be demonstrated, ranging from affordable stereo separates and home audio systems to the ultra-expensive high end. The headphone community will be in the Rocky Mountain Event Center, so plan to spend some time there sampling the latest technology. Soundings Fine Audio Video will be teaming up with Boulder Amplifiers, Analysis Plus cables, and Vienna Acoustics to introduce the new Beethoven Baby Grand Symphony Edition to the US market. Now in it’s third generation, the new Beethoven Baby Grand Symphony Edition represents a perfect balance between modest size and a grand scale. The Beethoven Baby Grand Symphony Edition speakers will be powered by .. read more
What is it that makes you buy a stereo system or a home theater system? Is it the cool touchscreen remote? Or maybe you can control the whole thing with your iPhone. Is it THX certification? You’re welcome. Is it the look or aesthetics of the speakers or maybe the fact that you don’t have to see the speakers at all? When you are making your buying decision for a stereo system or a home theater system what do you base it on? At Soundings Fine Audio Video, we’ve seen our fair share of stereo or home theater systems that are packed full with technology, fancy touchscreen remotes, and more in-wall speakers than you can shake a stick at. But we have found that what really matters most in your stereo or home theater system is not how cool your remote control is, or how many speakers you have, or the fact that you can turn on your hot tub from the airport, it’s what happens when you press the “play” button. You see, when you press “play” and start a movie or piece of music, there are only 2 possible outcomes: either the movie or piece of music will .. read more
THE MUSICAL NECESSITY OF AN ACTIVE SUB-BASS SYSTEM. Is deep bass necessary or desirable? Yes, in our opinion it is not only desirable, it is a critical part of the audible spectrum. “High Fidelity” products are designed to reproduce the original sound of an instrument or soundtrack as accurately as possible by faithfully preserving the character of the “live” sound down to the last nuance and detail. When reproducing the sound of large bass instruments, such as organ pipes or the synthesized low frequencies present in film mixes, the sonic benefit of adding a sub-bass system is immediately obvious. Higher frequencies, you may think, are unaffected, because they contain no bass. In reality every note comprises a “fundamental” frequency and “harmonics” which embrace a much wider frequency spectrum than the fundamental, and combine to distinguish a note played on say a piano, from the same note played on a violin. All musical performances will produce very low frequencies in addition to those expected. A REL will ensure that your system is wide band width, ensuring that it more closely resembles the live performance. This principle is valid with all sound reproduction media. In all cases, deep bass is both desirable .. read more
Have you gone looking for your favorite CD digging around through CD cases only to find the disc is missing? Are you tired of loading that old 300 disc CD changer with discs, wondering what might play next? With the VAST number of choices available for listening to digital music and streaming online content on your stereo system, may we suggest one that defies all others. If you love music, if you want that music now, and you want access to millions of songs easily at your finger tips, you might consider adding a Sonos to your stereo. Sonos combines online internet content, such as Pandora Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Mog, iHeart Radio with your existing digital music library into one very simple to use system, AND you can play it all over your home, even if your home is not wired. The Sonos system uses a powerful mesh network to send music wirelessly all over your home in pristine digital quality with no loss. You can hook up Sonos components to your existing home stereo system or directly to a pair of stereo speakers in any room in (our outside) your home. And if you have a room where you .. read more
If you want better picture and sound out of your home theater or home audio system, look to your wall socket. The power coming from your wall outlet may be fine for your refrigerator or toaster but in most cases it can do some really bad things to the quality of the picture and sound coming from your home theater or home audio system and shorten your home theater or home audio systems’ life. While some electrical issues come from outside your home, most of them originate in the home. The 1960′s marked the beginning of the era of non-linear loads which now include electronic ballasts, computer power supplies, fax machines, lighting dimmers, CFL lamps and cell phone chargers. These non-linear loads put a lot of harmonic distortion and current issues back into your home’s electrical circuit. While most home theater and stereo components were built to withstand some of this, the number of non-linear power supplies and the amount of distortion in homes continues to increase. Adding a power conditioner to any home theater or home audio system can dramatically improve the picture and sound quality of your home theater or stereo. By providing power that is free of .. read more
When you sit down to play a movie or piece of music on your home audio or home theater system, you will insert a disc, and hit play. Only 2 possibilities now exist. The movie or piece of music will take hold, grab you, and absorb you completely into it…. or not. Good home audio speakers allow you to get completely and emotionally involved into the piece of music or film.
The new 07 SR-Series Home Theater receivers from Marantz are truly high end offerings for discerning buyers. Solid build quality, great cosmetics, and superior sound quality from generous power offerings are all hallmarks of Marantz Home Theater receivers. They are continuing the tradition with the new SR5007, SR6007 and SR7007 series of Home Theater receivers. Come down and visit us at Soundings Fine Audio and Video in Denver, Colorado for a first hand look and a demonstration of the new Marantz lineup. For more information click here……
There is a lot of hype surrounding LED TV technology currently being used for home theaters in Denver, Colorado. Many have been wrongly told that LED TV is a new technology different from LCD TVs when in fact it’s not. LCD TV panels, unlike Plasma TVs, do not produce their own light. In order for a LCD TV to produce an image, the LCD panel must be backlit. This has been traditionally done by fluorescent tubes (much like ones you’d see in an office building) located behind the LCD panel. LED TVs are still LCD TVs. It is just that these new sets use LED lights rather than the fluorescent-type lights used in most other LCD TVs. Using the LED as a backlight source can allow the TV’s to be made thinner but can also reduce image uniformity if not done properly. For more information on LED and how it’s being used in LCD TVs click here to read the full article at Home Theater Magazine or call Soundings to ask your questions.
Sound and music are parts of our everyday life. Just as we have eyes to see, we also have ears to hear. We seldom take the time to consider the characteristics and behaviors of sound and how we hear. Sound is created when an object like a violin vibrates the air, and those vibrations travel through the air until they reach our ears. Our hearing works much like our vision. With two eyes, not only can we clearly see objects, we can also measure their distance from us. Likewise with hearing, we take a mono source and we hear it with stereo hearing so that we can measure it. Thus we are able to not only tell what the sound is, but also where it is and whether it is coming closer or moving away from us. Have you ever heard an airplane in the sky, and before you could see it, you already knew where it is coming from and what direction it is traveling in? That’s stereo hearing. When you place two speakers in a room and play them, you divide that room into two pressure hemispheres, which immediately start to compete with one another. You find yourself listening to .. read more