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  1. Staff A-V Insights
    An HTS member recently asked me a question about bass shakers and how I integrated them into my theater seating. I thought this would be a good opportunity to run through a few thoughts on installing a DIY shaker system and whether or not it’s worth the effort and extra coin. Cutting to the...
  2. Home Theater Design and Construction
    Looking into building a small stage up front for the speakers. Aside from aesthetics and sound absorption, what are everyone's thoughts on these. Few questions: am I ok to place subs up there as well, anything different to treat under the riser with in regard to type of speaker on top, is there...
  3. Electronic Processing/Equalization Devices
    I'm not sure this is the best subforum for this discussion so apologies if I've posted in the wrong place... I've been talking to a couple of friends who are in "Pro audio" circles and have studied the subject in incredible depth at university and they're both incredibly skeptical about using...
  4. SPL Meters | Mic's | Calibration | Sound Cards
    I just got back from the Internoise 2012 conference in NYC. The conference is geared toward noise control (my day job) but they had a session to discuss microphone calibration issues. As you might image, my interest was piqued. There were papers given my representatives from calibration labs in...
  5. System Setup and Connection
    Hi Home Theater Shack! Man am I glad to find this forum. Have a bit of an odd problem and have no idea how to solve it. I just recently bought my first HDTV, a used Mitsubishi WS-55819. The only thing we'd like to hook up to it is a laptop as all the video in the house streams and yadda...
  6. DIY Subwoofers - General Discussion
    This question has been bugging me for a while as I contemplate a possible upgrade to my set up. I did some searches without getting an answer. Since 2 15’s provide a greater surface area that an 18 by about 38% they should pressurize a large room a bit more and go a bit lower. In the real world...
  7. Remotes | Cables | Accessories | Tweaks
    Guys, First off, thanks for taking a look at this, I really appreciate it. I just bought a home that wasnt really setup for sound or HDMI. In the living room there is a cutout in the drywall for a 55 inch TV, and outlet, and a cable jack. There is no cutouts on the bottom or sides to place a...
  8. System Setup and Connection
    I have the following 5.1 setup: YAMAHA YHT-390BL 5.1 I followed some guys settings for certain options, - all the speakers are set to small - the sub volume is set at 4 out of 10 - the Ohms is at 6 - the cross-over is set to 110Hz Now my questions are: I have the surround speakers 5 feet from...
  9. SPL Meters | Mic's | Calibration | Sound Cards
    I am getting ready to buy all the "equipment" needed to check out my speakers and integrate an IB subwoofer. I plan to get a Sound Blaster live external USB card for my laptop and a BFD. My question is about mics and SPL meters. I am new to this and it is a bit confusing. Could someone explain...
  10. Home Audio Speakers
    Hey guys, I'm seeking assistance picking the right package for me. For movies I like a big sound but for music I like more refined, clear and clean with lots of detail... can you get all of that out of the same speaker. I currently own JBL speakers and while they offer the big sound I like for...
  11. General Screen Discussion
    I've read laminate threads discussing various mounting techniques. They seem to break down into two general methods: Method A: Laminate is attached directly to the frame. Method B: Laminate is attached to an underlying substrate, such as 1/4" plywood or peg board and the resultant sandwich...
  12. Home Theater Design and Construction
    To maintain access to a variety of pipes and ducts, I'm planning a drop ceiling of some sort in my basement theater. How are the acoustics of such ceilings? I plan on packing between the rafters with fluffy fiberglass, and also stuffing more on top of the ceiling panels. I'm looking at black...
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