How To Buy Audio Equipment: A Quick Start Guide

To most of us, music has become like Facebook: We've got a lot of friends, but not a lot of close relationships. Technology has made it possible to easily and cheaply own more music than ever before, but it has also separated us from our enjoyment of the art of music. We have become hoarders, which isn't a bad thing, but along the way, we've lost our relationship with music.

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art of music. We have become hoarders, which isn't a bad thing, but along the way, we've lost our relationship with music.

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Approximately 10 Questions With Ben Matthews From Thunder

Recently, Ben Matthews, guitarist and keyboardist from Thunder, and a well-respected audio engineer and producer in his own right, sat down with me for approximately ten questions about playing in front of 100,000 people, recording, and whether or not the kazoo is actually a musical instrument.

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Which Amplifier Is Best For My Speakers, Part 2: Harmonics and Clipping

In Part 1 we covered a lot of mumbo-jumbo in preparation for Part 2's mumbo-jumbo which is meant to prepare us for Part 3's mumbo-jumbo about actually matching amplifiers and speakers.

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Which Amplifier Is Best For My Speakers, Part 3: Compare the Numbers

Hopefully there are some useful hints here, but remember three very important things:

Deal with people who know what they're talking about and whom you trust.

Listen to each component whenever possible but understand that how it sounds in the showroom is not how it is going to sound at home. If you're buying without listening, on-line for example, buy from a manufacturer whose reputation for not fudging the numbers can be trusted.

If your components and speakers sound good in the showroom (especially your speakers) they will very typically sound the same or better at home.

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Listen to each component whenever possible but understand that how it sounds in the showroom is not how it is going to sound at home. If you're buying without listening, on-line for example, buy from a manufacturer whose reputation for not fudging the numbers can be trusted.

If your components and speakers sound good in the showroom (especially your speakers) they will very typically sound the same or better at home.

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Which Amplifier Is Best For My Speakers, Part 1: RMS, Peak-to-Peak, PMPO.

The system was loud enough, it just sounded like crap. The mid-range was non-existent because of all the clipping and the highs were so muddy and distorted that they actually made my sinuses hurt. There was bass though. Lots and lots of bass. I tried in vain to explain to him why he was going deaf at an alarming rate, but I guess all the technical details were just boring. He just wanted his system to be loud enough.

I haven't seen this person in years and years, but I am sure a significant portion of his monthly income now goes to keeping his hearing aid batteries fresh. His system was developing plenty of SPL, it was unfortunately just not musical SPL, it was mostly noise SPL.

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