I have a planned A/V setup to add a receiver to my existing system, but I don't have the proper connectors to hook my existing equipment to a receiver. [more inside]
posted by elvendude
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I constantly find myself turning the sound down in the morning - then turning it back up as the day goes on. It's particularly noticeable in the car: on the morning after a night out, I invariably find the volume of the radio is set way too high for my taste - even when a night out is just board games with friends instead of loud partying. Is this just confirmation bias, or some known physiological or psychological effect?
posted by Dr Dracator
on Oct 4, 2013 -
I saw a reasonably popular rock band in a smallish venue a few months back and the sound was atrocious. It was all bass and drums and I could barely hear the guitar, keyboards or vocals. This band in no way plays bass heavy music. Is the band or the venue at fault? [more inside]
posted by cnc
on Aug 16, 2013 -
A year ago, I bought a new TV
with HDMI capability and hooked it up to my PC to work as a monitor (with a straight HDMI cable connection). IT. IS. AWESOME.
I just moved into a new place with more room and now want to connect my surround sound system (5 speakers) to this setup as well.
This is the receiver
I'm considering purchasing and from what I can tell, will do what I need.
Extra potentially pertinent info:
- PC has two HDMI ports (one on the video card)
- Nintendo Wii connected directly to TV via RCA cables
- BluRay player connected to TV via HDMI cable
I want my setup to allow me to use the surround sound at all times (when watching broadcast TV, when using the TV as the PC monitor, when using the BluRay player and when using the Wii (this is the least important)). I'm assuming the TV will connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and the PC will also connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and all other hook-ups will remain as-is.
Thanks in advance for any advice or tips on how to make this easy! This will be my dream setup so I'm excited to get it right.
posted by Twicketface
on Jul 29, 2013 -
In the next two weeks, there will be a new addition to our household -- a baby. (Not mine.) And since it's not mine, I would prefer not to hear it. There are lots of AskMes about earplugs, but many (like the ETY ones) use as a selling point that they don't muffle speech. I want to muffle everything
. Best ear protection for the job, <$30?
posted by fiercecupcake
on Jun 14, 2013 -
I'm about to leave for a two-day long car trip and I thought I could listen to some podcasts to pass the time. I'm a huge Bullseye with Jesse Thorn (formerly Sound of Young America) fan and I saw a link on the Maximum Fun website
to download a torrent of all of the old episodes.
So I downloaded the .torrent file and opened it on uTorrent but nothing happened. Any help on my predicament? What am I doing wrong and what can I do to properly download the files?
posted by rmttws
on Mar 13, 2013 -
In Sherlock, and in Midsomer Murders, there's a night-time sound which I presume is either a recording of, or meant to be some kind of night bird. What is it? [more inside]
posted by nonspecialist
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I am considering writing a novel/story that involves the idea of people living among us who are somewhere between three and eight inches tall, but I don't know enough about the physics of sound to know if normal height humans would be able to speak to these tiny people. Would their voices be too high-pitched to hear at all, or just very difficult to understand? Would our voices be understandable to them? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady
on Feb 15, 2013 -
iPhone 4S users: have you updated to the latest iOS6.whatever in the last couple of weeks? Did it go without a hitch? Or have you experienced problems that would make you advise me not to update? [more inside]
posted by tel3path
on Dec 18, 2012 -
Rabbits may vocalize in frequencies humans can't hear. How can I record my rabbits talking and play it back to myself? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis
on Nov 12, 2012 -
If you take off a pair of headphones and lay them down somewhere, the music sounds like it's in a different pitch than when they're on your head. Why?
posted by facetious
on Oct 30, 2012 -
Is there an easy way to restore ONLY default audio settings on a Lenovo Thinkpad running Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui
on Oct 15, 2012 -
I need a USB interface to connect 2 mics, a midi keyboard, and an ipod to a computer, for both live mixing and recording. Hope? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor
on May 4, 2012 -
Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham
on Mar 9, 2012 -
My IT Help Desk is stumped - can you help me? My computer is making what I can only describe as a hardware beep
that I can't turn off. Muting Windows and disabling all system sounds doesn't work. Yet the beep only happens when I do certain things with the software - at first, it was only when trying to save a document into my virtual system in Word, but recently it's every time an email arrives in Outlook, which is just awful. This didn't used to happen, but once, many months ago, I accidentally pressed a random combination of keys and it started. I have no idea how to turn it off - and neither do the IT people. System details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dasein
on Feb 17, 2012 -
When I record myself singing a single note in Audacity, it records fine for a while. Then after about two seconds it cancels out that pitch as if it were background noise. (It will then record other notes, although the quality is severely affected.) It does this with both the built-in mic and my headset mic. How do I disable this feature? [more inside]
posted by gray17
on Feb 5, 2012 -
How do I make my computer stop using the built-in microphone when recording sound? Is my sound card so poor that it can't record from anything but the built-in mike? [more inside]
posted by Termite
on Jan 26, 2012 -
Is there a real world referent for that bleeping typing noise used in some films as a text (usually a location note) appears on the screen? It's a similar thing to that chunka-chunka typing sound used in the X-Files when the location of a new scene would be announced, but it's like a very rapid, high-pitched "beedeebeedeebeedeebeep" sound played while the letters appear. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo
on Jan 18, 2012 -
Looking for a small "bookshelf" style hi fi unit. I have recently moved to the US from Australia and had to leave my great little hi fi behind. I am currently playing my CD's through a borrowed portable unit that sounds like a tin can and have been hunting for something better. [more inside]
posted by wwax
on Nov 30, 2011 -
I'm looking for an android sound profile app that won't crash my phone. Ideally, I would be able to create a profile that had my alarm and ringer at full volume while disabling all other sounds. The last one I tried made my phone run really slowly and freeze intermittently, and a few of the other ones I've looked at don't seem to distinguish between notification types - I need the alarm to be a different control from email alerts and stuff. I'd really appreciate a recommendation! My googling has failed. Thanks in advance, MetaFilters.
posted by prefpara
on Nov 21, 2011 -
Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan
on Sep 22, 2011 -
The stereo on my Toyota Aygo has an iPod jack, but the sound is AWFUL. If it's loud enough to hear, there's as much hiss as there is music. I've tried every possible volume adjustments between iPod/stereo. Will one of these headphone amps
help? [more inside]
posted by cilantro
on Sep 6, 2011 -
My Klipsch S2 earbuds are worn out. Any suggestions for a replacement that has the best bang for your buck? I'm using them with an iPod Nano 6th Gen.
posted by antgly
on Jul 24, 2011 -
Sound and light board with 4-5 smooth objects - which objects are on the board and where changes the sounds and lights, including light from some of the objects ... what is this thing and where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb
on Apr 5, 2011 -
Starting a podcast (spoken word) and suddenly have the opportunity to interview the exact people I really shouldn't be "practicing" on. I'm a radiophile, want decent sound, but have no time to learn the technical side of sound recording before my interviews in a few days. Can I spend a little up front to make decent sound or do I just need to spend more? [more inside]
posted by lotusfeet
on Mar 20, 2011 -
I want an Android-based phone, but there's a specific feature of my Blackberry (relating to customizing sounds and alerts for specific contacts) that I don't want to go without. So, can this be done on an Android phone? [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu
on Jan 29, 2011 -
There is a certain organ sound used in a lot of old prog music. A grindy organ sound. A perfect example is here
, starting at 2:48. What is the instrument, and, if applicable, what is the setting / tone / whathaveyou (for example, if the instrument were a Hammond organ, what button would be pushed / levers flipped / etc. to get that sound? If a Moog, what dials would be turned, more or less?)?
posted by Bugbread
on Jan 24, 2011 -
My laptop speakers aren't working, but the sound is fine with headphones. What does this mean and how can I fix it? A few details inside. [more inside]
posted by threeturtles
on Jan 4, 2011 -
How can I get the sound to work on my MacBook Pro (2010 6,2 model) when I use Windows 7 (64 bit) via BootCamp? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin
on Dec 23, 2010 -
Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna
on Nov 1, 2010 -
How did producer Gary Katz get those Steely Dan records to sound so much "cleaner" than the other popular music being recorded at the time?
posted by Joe Beese
on Oct 26, 2010 -
Every few days there is a huge BOOM! that seems to emanate from Boston Harbor. It really echoes throughout downtown. What causes it?
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Has anyone done a Killawatt (or similar) analysis of an EcoTune Duet
sound machine? I am trying to find average running costs for this. Our current white noise machine of choice is a fan that runs at 38 watts. I've priced the rotary fan motor-based Marpac Sleepmate
but at 13 watts max volume by Killawatt there just isn't enough delta between this and an actual fan.
posted by meehawl
on Jun 20, 2010 -