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  1. GeorgeJM

    newbie: SPEAKER WIRES

    Michael, there is certainly a problem of a small statistical sample in the first listed link. In the second link, however, Tom Nousaine has conducted many tests with a larger numbers of selections required. In either case, a blind test is FAR more reputable than a non-blind test. People hear...
  2. GeorgeJM

    newbie: SPEAKER WIRES

    Unless you do at least a single blind test, your "tests" are worthless. Placebo effect... you think it should sound better, so it does. $1200 worth of cable vs. RadioShack interconnects and speaker wire. Author and employees could not tell the difference in *blind* testing, yet the author...
  3. GeorgeJM

    Is it important to have a sub that can go below 20hz?

    Thanks guys, I knew about port flow velocity increasing with decreased port cross-sectional area, but had never heard that the increased velocity caused decreased volume contribution from the port.
  4. GeorgeJM

    Is it important to have a sub that can go below 20hz?

    Is that really true? Since I've never heard of the term "underported", what does that mean? What I'm saying is that it seems to me that plugging a port simply raises the air velocity in the remaining port(s) so you're more likely to get port noise, but otherwise there's no difference.
  5. GeorgeJM

    Is it important to have a sub that can go below 20hz?

    Ah, O.K., that makes sense. I plan to tune to 17Hz, where output is only 1.5 dB down from where it is at 25Hz. Additionally, since the PartsExpress 250watt plate amp has a subsonic filter set to something like 18Hz, I think it will protect the sub from going below 16Hz and entering undamped...
  6. GeorgeJM

    Is it important to have a sub that can go below 20hz?

    I'm not sure what you mean by "meaningful output". According to WinISD, the output of the DPL12 will be 3dB down from the Shiva. The Shiva sub that I have (tuned to 21Hz) is never used at full output, so I thought that a DPL12 would be fine. Not so?
  7. GeorgeJM

    Is it important to have a sub that can go below 20hz?

    I understand that there will be little or no difference between 12Hz and 16Hz, but about not having an Fs that is low enough, what about the Adire Audio DPL12, since it has an Fs of 16.3 Hz? http://www.adireaudio.com/diy_audio/...dire/dpl12.htm
  8. GeorgeJM

    Is it important to have a sub that can go below 20hz?

    Why are there trade-offs, other than the trade-offs involved with just tuning to 16Hz to begin with? i.e., lower output. IOW, is there really much difference in plugging a port on a sub tuned to 25 hz and just tuning a sub to 16 hz to begin with? Additionally, since so much new DVD content is...
  9. GeorgeJM

    New Titanic MKIII drivers at PE....

    Joe, yeah, you start with the TS parameters. The funny thing about the changing measurements (ft/cm/inches, etc.) is that WinISD will do the conversion for you. Open up WinISD, and put in some number in for Box volume. Now click on the ft^3 area and it will change to another measurement basis...
  10. GeorgeJM

    New Titanic MKIII drivers at PE....

    Joe, here's a link to a website that will calculate the sonotube cut length. It's very visual, and some people are visual learners. I think it will be clear after looking at it and plugging in the numbers from WinISD. http://www.quux.net/roo/diy/sonosub/sonocalc.html
  11. GeorgeJM

    Frequency waterfall charts of a few familiar favourites

    I think the Darla scene is due mainly because it comes out of nowhere. I was one of those people who thought the Darla scene was THE bass scene in Nemo and didn't think the whale scene was a big deal. That was the first time I watched it, but after watching it a 2nd time the whale scene is much...
  12. GeorgeJM

    The most important speaker in a HT is....

    The center is the most important, but a sub has has the most WOW! factor. Take away the sub and it's not as thrilling of an experience. Take away the center and you'll be missing 1/2 or more of the movie.
  13. GeorgeJM

    What should I look for in a light dimmer that will be in my ht room?

    Yes, hum *may* be an issue, typically only when they're in the dimmer mode. However I have a dimmer switch in the same room as my HT equipment (edit: purchased at HomeDepot, brand unknown) and it doesn't cause any hum. I think all you need is good quality connections and hum should not be a...
  14. GeorgeJM

    Are all Bose speakers bad?

    Paul, as I said earlier in this thread, I too liked one of their speaker models, although I don't remember which one it was and I didn't buy them. It's good to hear from someone who liked a pair, and it's even better to hear what it was compared against.
  15. GeorgeJM

    Do you plug your precious subwoofer straight into the wall outlet?

    I'd imagine it would come in at the service panel where the neutral is bonded. Yes, but from there is what is confusing. Let's say we have the following scenario: Lighting strikes a few houses away right on the overhead power line. The surge comes down the two 120v wires coming into the...
  16. GeorgeJM

    Do you plug your precious subwoofer straight into the wall outlet?

    Chu: I sent off an email to EFI on 11/09 as you suggested. No response yet. Here's a question for you, where you said "Common mode transients on the other hand can come down the Hot, Hot+Neutral, Hot+Ground, Neutral+Ground, or all three at the same time. What they are seeking is Earth."...
  17. GeorgeJM

    BFD and Parametric EQ: noob questions

    That sounds more like the "Loudness" button on many car stereos, and what used to be popular on home stereos, but it's essentially the same thing. I don't think there's any official defintion of a house curve. It is subjective in nature, and is quite literally what sounds good in *your* house...
  18. GeorgeJM

    Do you plug your precious subwoofer straight into the wall outlet?

    If you want to improve your protection simply add a whole house unit. I don't disagree with that one bit; it's a very good idea, particularly for anyone who is in an area prone to lightning storms. As I stated previously, the matter is one of public record and they are not CLAIMS. Are...
  19. GeorgeJM

    Power cords

    True. If you're going to use an UPS for sensitive equipment, make sure it has a 100% pure sine wave output.
  20. GeorgeJM

    Do you plug your precious subwoofer straight into the wall outlet?

    Well back in the 90's, tests were conducted by EFI (they make surge suppression devices www.efinet.com) Let me get this straight... what you're using as the basis for saying that ZeroSurge, right on their (ZeroSurge's) website, is lying about their claim that their suppressor doesn't...
  21. GeorgeJM

    Are all Bose speakers bad?

    Jason, I think you're right. My son just installed a pair of 12" subwoofers in the trunk of his car and went he cranked them up, his question to me was, "Loud, isn't it?" Me -- "They sure are loud" - thinking to myself, but they *sound* horrible. Boomy, boomy, boomy. But all he cared about...
  22. GeorgeJM

    Do you plug your precious subwoofer straight into the wall outlet?

    I personally will not use only MOV based surge protection anymore, however, if you still want to use MOV surge protectors, at least remember this -- they are *sacrificial* and the surge damage *accumulates*. Also make sure your surge protector fails to a safe condition. Some poorly made MOV...
  23. GeorgeJM

    BFD and Parametric EQ: noob questions

    Bill, you're right. Everything *should* work out with a flat response. Just like receiver A *should* sound exactly like receiver B, since neither *should* add or subtract anything from the original source. But unfortunately, it all too often doesn't work the way it should. For instance, are...
  24. GeorgeJM

    Do you plug your precious subwoofer straight into the wall outlet?

    Regarding the claims that are made that they don't contaminate earth ground, that's just plain false. Please explain, particularly in light of the following oscilloscope traces. http://brickwall.com/oscope.htm Are you saying the o-scope traces are doctored? Since they plainly show change...
  25. GeorgeJM

    BFD and Parametric EQ: noob questions

    The idea of a non-flat response was borne out of psycho-acoustic testing. In other words, even though a sound setup may *measure* flat, it *sounds* different to us because of the way we perceive sound. As Wayne points out, when speaking of subwoofers, the general idea is to give more boost as...
  26. GeorgeJM

    Do you plug your precious subwoofer straight into the wall outlet?

    I plug all my HT gear into my surge protector. If you're going to bother buying a surge protector, my recommendation is to skip the MOV based ones and get a Series Mode version. Series Mode surge protectors have a much higher rating, are not sacrificial, and don't bleed surge voltage into the...
  27. GeorgeJM

    Material for accoustics

    I suggest looking at a BFD for bass frequencies. If you don't know about it, the BFD is a parametric equalizer and costs about $120 at any local music supply store like Guitar Center.
  28. GeorgeJM

    new home theater

    Very nice, very clean.
  29. GeorgeJM

    need recommendations on a universal remote...

    The URC Cinema series is good. I have the 8811, costs about $35 or less if you shop around. It's a nice remote, but you'll have to label the buttons yourself or remember what button does what action for different components. For the price it's a very good remote, however, I'm going to get an...
  30. GeorgeJM

    Dumpster Diving Jackpot.-- MDF

    Good tip... now I just need to find a cabinet shop :)
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