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USA seller of "twin screened audio cable" or "two core screened cable?"

I need basically this. I'd rather order it from closer to home. My searches for this type of cable in the US haven't turned up anything, and I don't know enough about electronics to figure out what other names it might go by. I think it's a common type of cable so there must be something I'm missing. Thanks!
posted by univac on May 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Fun with Impedance

I have some fancy new stereo speakers. I'd like to be as correct as possible when wiring them up, which has led to some possibly-unusual questions about speaker impedance. Halp! (Inside: Series or parallel?) [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Mar 6, 2014 - 11 answers

AV receivers which split audio and video output

Are there AV home theatre receivers which do the following with input and output: [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

best sound system for hearing movie dialogue

Ever since the DVD age began, I've noticed that music and sound effects in movies are always WAY louder than the dialogue. It's really annoying. Will a properly configured surround sound system fix this? What is the right way to set up surround sound speakers? Are sound bars any good? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Polarity unclarity

How to I tackle replacing (rear) car speakers when there's a special connector? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Non-Woofing Subwoofer in Need of Repair

Help me find a place that can do quality speaker/subwoofer repairs in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
posted by Hairy Lobster on Aug 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me replace a blown woofer for a Spica TC-60

How do I replace a blown woofer in a Spica TC-60 loudspeaker? The datasheet is here. I am generally capable, but don't know anything about building/repairing speakers. Can I get away with replacing just the one? Is there any danger of damaging the crossover (whatever that is)? The very nice guy from Madisound recommended a ScanSpeak replacement but how do I know if it will fit and/or work properly? If I'm reading the datasheet correctly, the original seems to be 180mm in diameter, and the replacement he recommended 170mm - is this a good idea? How can I tell if there's anything else I should try? What, if anything, do I seem to be overlooking? Thank you!
posted by jcrcarter on Aug 3, 2011 - 2 answers

What could cause a USB mic to all of a sudden start picking up a hum?

My USB Mic started picking up an omnipresent hum all of a sudden. It never used to. Any ideas what could have changed? [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin on May 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Now word on the street is y'all suckers (don't) want static.

Help me find a place to purchase this tiny car part for a Scion xB! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Apr 22, 2011 - 7 answers

USB charger + iPod = static

Cheap wall USB charger seems to interfere with iPod headphones, do I just need a better charger? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Jan 25, 2011 - 4 answers

3.5mm male-to-male coupler - does it exist?

I am in search of a 3.5mm male-to-male coupler. [more inside]
posted by hsawtelle on Jan 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Source for Right Angle PC Mount Potentiometers

Where can I order Alpha Single-Gang 16mm Right-angle PC Mount Potentiometers that are 100K log/audio taper?
posted by drezdn on Jun 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me get a better earphone seal!

Will these triple-flange sleeves work with Shure SCL2 earphones? If not, does anyone know of a third party vendor that makes compatible triple flange sleeves for the SCL2? I'm having a hard time getting any of the included sleeves to form a seal with my elfin ears.
posted by mattholomew on May 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Why does my guitar amp blow every speaker it comes in contact with?

Can a guitar amplifier ruin every speaker cabinet it gets plugged into? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Mar 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Mic level vs. Line level FIGHT!

How do I build a microphone preamp for a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by knowles on Jan 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Lite Rock, Less Talk? I'd like neither, please.

(Electronics|Stereo)filter: What is causing this infuriating noise in my preamp and how do I fix it? Links to sound files and long list of symptoms in extended. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Jan 15, 2009 - 6 answers

what are my options when/if my aging speakers (z680's) break?

Seeking advice on what to do with (or looking for resources explaining how to fix) aging 5.1 PC speakers for when/if parts start breaking. [more inside]
posted by weakcore on Nov 21, 2008 - 6 answers

What should I do with my broken Tascam FW1082?

I have a Tascam FW1082 midi/audio interface board. Over the last few months, there's been a more consistent and very loud high-pitched whine in the audio output, making it fairly useless for what I need. What should I do to get this fixed? [more inside]
posted by JZig on Sep 18, 2008 - 5 answers

Manual for obsolete test equipment wanted.

I need a manual for a Panasonic VP-8121B AM-FM Stereo Signal Generator. [more inside]
posted by kc8nod on May 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Is my mp3 player frying my headphones?

Is my mp3 player frying my headphones? Is this even possible; if so, how? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Apr 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Homemade guitar amp filter

I built this mini guitar amp based on this circuit. But I used a 4 watt speaker rather than the 8 watts specified. What are the consequences of that change? [more inside]
posted by Grundlebug on Mar 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Please help my find a pair of headphones that won't hurt my head or ears.

Please help my find a pair of headphones that won't hurt my head or ears. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Nov 29, 2007 - 21 answers

Home Audio 101

What components do I need to buy to have a solid stereo system for my home? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Nov 20, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me not screw up.

I'm going to embark on a stompbox-building adventure, and I'd like to know how much one can mess things up. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Oct 21, 2007 - 13 answers

What's wrong with my reel-to-reel?

I recently acquired an older reel-to-reel tape recorder, and it works fine except for inconsistent tape speed. I recorded a test tone and it plays back at a varying pitch. Can this be fixed, or should I put it out with the trash tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Oct 8, 2007 - 13 answers

Crass consumerism strikes again

Tell me how much I need to spend on audio preamp(s) and amplifier(s) to make my home stereo system sound jaw-droppingly great. [more inside]
posted by FelliniBlank on Jul 27, 2007 - 7 answers

Keeping electronics cool in enclosed spaces?

What is the best way to keep electronic devices that are in enclosed areas cool? (ie. stereo receiver, game console, etc). I'm just got a new AV cabinet/stand that is a lot smaller than my previous one and my components are getting a lot warmer than they used to. My receiver has about 1" leeway on each side and about .5" on top. 1/3 of the rear of the cabinet is open. I also have my HTPC in there as well as my Xbox 360. Anyone know of a simple way to keep them cooler (without adding noise or uglyness to my setup)? Would not like to cut anything. Some ideas... Separate the exhaust and intake (so no hot air gets recycled) by blocking the sides and top at the rear of the unit. Put a small computer fan at the back of the stand to improve airflow? Put a exhaust hose (a la dryer) on the receiver where the fan is.. maybe put a fan at the end of the hose to pull more air through? Any tried and true methods that arent too complicated?
posted by mphuie on Jan 4, 2007 - 6 answers

What is a "starving plate" design?

In tube ciruitry, what is a "starving plate" design?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Aug 27, 2006 - 2 answers

I'll take "A New Stereo" for $200, Alex.

So, the stereo I won on Jeopardy is about to break...what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Aug 8, 2006 - 17 answers

The sound of silence.

Laptop power supply interfering with PA speakers. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on May 18, 2006 - 17 answers

MXL 990

I dropped my MXL 990 condenser mic. The grill is slightly dented and the capsule inside has come loose. Can I repair it myself? Can I get it repaired in London? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jan 29, 2006 - 4 answers

airtunes vs. tivoli deathmatch

i just bought a tivoli system (kloss model 2, extra speaker and cd) and have it on the bookshelf but some questions: [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jan 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Humless DC->AC Power Inverter?

What DC to AC power inverter can I buy for use in a car that won't contribute hum to an audio signal from devices it powers? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 15, 2005 - 11 answers

What's that noise??

Why, when a TV is turned on--even in another room--can I detect some kind of buzzing/electronic noise, that many other people around me can't detect?
posted by dead_ on Aug 26, 2005 - 25 answers

48 or 12 Volts for my condenser mic?

MicrophoneFilter: Should I connect my MXL 990 condenser mics to preamps providing 12V or 48V of phantom power? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 25, 2005 - 2 answers

What is the name of this audio effect?

I'm looking for a device that processes an audio signal by sweeping the center frequency of a bandpass filter back and forth across a frequency range. What is this effect called, and what sort of effects processor might provide it? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on May 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Which manufacturers make well-built home theater equipment at a reasonable price?

Over the past several years, I have been burned by poor quality in home electronics from various manufacturers. I have purchased pieces by Sony (home stereo), Panasonic (theatre-in-a-box) and RCA (various pieces of junk), and all have given out in one way or another far too quickly for my liking. In a renewed attempt to build a proper home theatre system (DVD/CD, receiver, speakers, etc), and recognizing that I haven't the money for really high-end stuff but will avoid anything cheap, I seek outside opinions as to which manufacturers are making products that are of reasonable quality, and reasonably priced. Your experiences, please.
posted by danwalker on Feb 4, 2005 - 23 answers

Diagnose computer speakers or replace them?

When I got home from work yesterday, my computer speakers were making an incredibly horrible noise. When I unplugged them, the transformer was hot to the touch. There were storms in the area yesterday, although the surge protector plugged into the same outlet wasn't tripped and nothing else in the house seems to have been damaged. (The speakers were plugged directly into the wall, not the surge protector, because I had run out of room.)

So my question: would it be dangerous to plug them back in tonight and see if they're a lost cause? Should I just buy some new speakers and be done with it? (The speakers were expensive, but about 6 years old.)
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 23, 2004 - 4 answers

Ghost Music

Why do my speakers play music when no music is playing? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by bkeaggy on Apr 27, 2004 - 7 answers

How best should I use these old Zenith Allegro speakers with a modern receiver?

I have an old Pair of Zenith Allegro speakers (50-watt, 8-ohm) with pre-attached cables and RCA-style plugs (male) for connecting to the stereo. I'd like to use them with a more modern receiver (50-watt max, 8-ohm) that accepts straight wire from the stereo; should I just lop off the ends and wire them in, or is there a better method? Also, can I use them with a >50-watt stereo if I keep the volume down, or is that just bad?
posted by The Michael The on Dec 17, 2003 - 2 answers

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