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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Can a guitar amplifier ruin every speaker cabinet it gets plugged into? [more inside]
posted by nurgle
on Mar 27, 2010 -
(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 -
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 -
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 -
I need a manual for a Panasonic VP-8121B AM-FM Stereo Signal Generator. [more inside]
posted by kc8nod
on May 29, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -