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THX reference level explained

What is ‘THX Reference Level’? Reference level is a calibrated volume setting used for both movie production (in dubbing stages and post production houses) and reproduction (in screening rooms and theaters). The human hearing system is non-linear, especially in the bass, so having a consistent playback level – a reference – is critical if the […]

Parasound Halo amplifiers – A21, A31, A51, A23, A52

“When it comes to high-performance, high-value power amplifiers, few do it better than Parasound.”— Andrew Robinson, Home Theater Review   Why do we use Parasound Amplifiers? Superb sound quality thanks to the design skills of the legendary audio designer John Curl and the use of balanced, high bias class A/AB topologies. There have been a […]

Deconstructing the home theater pre-processor

Ahhh….the home theater pre-pro….my thoughts on them are basically
summarized by the phase “can’t live with them, can’t live without them”!
Modern pre-pros are the brain of all modern home theaters. An AVR
(audio video receiver) is essentially a pre-pro and multi-channel power
amplifier in one box. Pre-pro’s do a number of essential things without
which it would be virtually impossible to watch movies in surround
sound.

Home Theater Calibration 101: Speaker Levels, Distances and Subwoofer Phase

Introduction This blog article will teach you about home theater calibration – in particular how to calibrate the audio side of your home theater pre-processor (pre-pro) or audio visual receiver (AVR). I’m not going to cover the video side. The three basic elements of audio calibration in home theater setup are: Speaker and subwoofer levels […]