Tuesday, November 17, 2009

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra on Blu Ray Review

I watched G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra on Blu Ray this weekend in our home theater with my husband. Since I had picked up two romantic comedies, I figured I should pick up something with some action, as well.

My husband hated it! We generally liked director Stephen Sommers previous works, including the Mummy movies and the Scorpion King. Movies that sound great in the home theater, and that the whole family can enjoy together. Sienna Miller's performance as the Baroness fell flat, she does not sell her tough kick ass traitor role and Channing Tatum just fell victim to a poorly written script, but truly the only performance I really enjoyed was Rip Cord's played by Marlon Wayanns. He keeps the movie moving. The other issue I have with G.I. Joe, is why produce a movie clearly targeted for younger audiences and make it overtly violence so it receives a PG-13 rating? The action was not worth it, would have been better off, focusing on a younger audience that might have a greater ability to shrug off ridiculous inconsistencies in the story. My recommendation: don't bother, I fell asleep.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What type of cable should I use for my in-wall or in-ceiling speakers?

Speaker wire is rarely considered early on by most people, however understanding your needs with speaker wire can greatly impact the sound quality of your system and potentially save you a lot of money. First, most speakers don’t include wire, and therefore whether you are having your speakers installed or you are taking the DIY approach, it is important to understand your needs. Even the greatest speakers won’t sound their best with poor-quality wires.

It is important to know the distance between your receiver or amplifier and speakers; longer distances can cause significant power loss, and thus require thicker cable. The distance of your run is how you will decide what gauge speaker wire you will require. For multi-room installs, it may be beneficial to buy two different gauges. A thicker gauge for the longer runs and a thinner gauge wire for your shorter runs. If you are using an installer, he/she should be able to assist you in this calculation. Otherwise use a string from your receiver location to each of the intended locations of your speakers. Carefully pull the string along and doorframes, corners, or other obstructions in the intended wire path. Allow plenty of slack for the wire to take gradual turns, since sharp bends can impair performance and allow for a margin of error.

Gauge is determined by the thickness of a wire’s conductive copper bundle as standardized by the American Wire Gauge or AWG number. The lower the gauge the thicker the wire (or more copper) and the better capacity to pass the amplified audio signal. While clear jacket cable is suitable for most in-room speaker installations, if you are running wire behind the a wall or in a ceiling, you need to use UL rated Class 2 or 3 rated cable (CL2, CL3) to be in compliance with most building codes. Class 3 cables will not degrade in extreme temperatures because it uses an extra plenim sheath to protect the cable.

Now that you have determined the distance use the chart below to determine the gauge speaker wire you need.

Distance from speaker to amplifier________Gauge
Less than 40 feet__________________________16
40 to 120 feet_____________________________14
More than 120 feet_________________________12

CL3 UL rated speaker wire can be affordable, however I have seen the price vary by $500.00 for a 500 foot roll of 14 gauge wire. One of the most cost effective ways to keep your price down for a low voltage installation is to purchase your own speaker wire and speakers. Remember, installers are essentially resellers of goods and installers, so if they can make additional money from an install by selling you the speakers and the wire, they will. Its good business, however as an educated consumer, you will save money by being honest and straight forward upon the initial bid, that you have the speaker wire and speakers, you are strictly seeking an installation only bid.

I urge you to compare pricing.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Product Review Contest

Product Review Contest

$50.00 Shopping spree with http://www.onlyfactorydirect.com/
All reviews are welcome, make sure to follow format
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OFD Product Review Contest

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The Onlyfactorydirect.com Product Review Contest ("Contest") review submission begins on November 1, 2009. Contest ends December 10, 2009. One (1) winner will be chosen on December 15, 2009, based on helpfulness of review, over all coverage of product, and explanation of use of product. A winning review will be chosen by a team of employees of Onlyfactorydirect.com. Winners will be notified via blog post, twitter, and/or facebook associated with the winning Product Reviews by the 12/15/09 of the following month. Contest conducted by Onlyfactorydirect.com, 6433 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Suite 175, Canoga Park, CA 91311.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Why are there two inputs on the rear of my Podium Pro Passive Speaker?"

This video is for a Only Factory Direct customer named Billy, from Kansas. I have received this question several times in the past, so I thought it would be helpful if I answered your question in video format.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What is a stage monitor?

What is a stage monitor?
A stage monitor is used for the musician or vocalist to hear themselves so that they are more likely to stay in tune and in perfect timing. There are several different types of monitors including the stage wedge, side fill, and IEM or In Ear Monitors.

The wedge monitor used in front of the stage because it is unobtrusive and does not block the audiences view of the performance. A wedge monitor is usually a speaker cut off at an angle or it can be super laid back such as the 12MO1 by Podium Pro Audio, this is so the angle of the speaker is pointed directly towards the performers head so they can hear more effectively.

Side-fills are generally larger, full-range speaker systems placed off to the side of the stage like Podium Pro Audio's Trap15. The purpose of side-fills is to provide the performers a more enveloping and well-balanced sound. This allows all performers to hear a good rough mix of the whole band, while still allowing for individual mixes to be provided for individuals at their position on the stage via wedge monitors. It is widely believed that the more full stage mix inspires better and more coherent performances among musicians. In past few years technology has made it possible to achieve a pretty full sounding mix at each position with relatively small wedge monitors so side-fills have begun to be used less.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What is impedance and ohms.

Purchasing separate components for your whole house audio system may save you money and provide greater flexibility, but there are some basic concepts and terms you need to understand before buying. Impedance is one of the most important terms to understand when configuring your needs for a whole house audio system; and will ultimately lead to better system performance and less installation frustration. Trying to understand impedance can be an intimidating process, but it was explained to me using a very simple analogy and I will do the same for you. First things first, the impedance value of a loudspeaker is more commonly expressed in Ohms. Most home speakers are 8 Ohm, but do not work under this assumption, ask the dealer or look on the box [All of Theater-Solutions are 8 Ohm].

Think of your water pipes and pump at home. The pipe diameter represents the impedance of your loudspeaker; the water flowing through it is power, and the water pump is the amplifier (or receiver). Now, if you have a pipe large in diameter, it allows a large amount of water to flow through it, but requires the pump to work extremely hard to keep up the pressure, this would be considered a “low impedance” situation, the large pipe does not lighten or impede the large flow of water. Likewise, if the pipe were small in diameter, it would allow less water to flow, we will call that “high impedance”, because the smallness of the pipe is impeding or slowing the flow of water, or electricity. Let’s recap: Low impedance equals large flow: High impedance equals slow or low flow.

Using this same analogy let’s consider voltage and current; voltage (water pressure) and current (water flow) together create power. Now, if your pipes at home were suddenly to widen in diameter the pump would still pump the same or voltage doesn’t change, but the flow (current) would; and therefore you would receive less water flow. The pump would have to provide more power to keep up the flow, therefore lower impedance (large pipes) requires a stronger amplifier (water pump). Now reverse that theory for high impedance, and remember if the pipe is small it is restricting the flow or impeding it and pressure can build up and flow becomes more difficult. Impedance is not difficult to define, it’s more defining the actual application of impedance that is challenging. So before we proceed, let’s review what we know from our previous analogy.

  • Low Impedance equals large or free flow of power, but requires the amp to work harder to drive enough current to maintain flow. This added demand can be too much for an amplifier and cause it to over heat and shut down.·

  • High Impedance equals slow or low flow of power, and can cause restricted flow of current. The level of current influences the volume at which the speaker plays; low current equals low volume.

The optimal range for most amplifiers, receivers, and speakers to work between is 4 to 8 Ohm. This is generally easy to maintain if you are just directly hooking up speakers to a receiver or amp, but when considering multiple rooms and speakers it quickly becomes increasingly difficult to identify the overall resistance. This is important because that will identify your receiver/amplifier needs. As you wire speakers either in series or parallel, or a combination of both the resistance either increases or decreases, therefore changing the loudspeakers Ohm. In the end multiple speakers should not be hooked up directly to a standard audio amplifier. The best solution is to use either an impedance matching speaker selector box with the protection enabled, or impedance matching in wall volume controls; "impedance matching" is underlined because not all volume controls are impedance matching. Using this speaker selector boxes and volume controls it is possible to wire your entire house using a single receiver/amp as long as your receiver/amp has the needed power.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

5 things you should know about a Home Surround System

1. Front Left and Right Speakers: In home theater, the front left and right speakers offer a wide soundstage that blends with the video to create a more realistic and exciting movie experience. Usually, intended to work in conjunction with additional surround speakers and a powered subwoofer to deliver a whole theater experience. Here the musical score and special effects will travel left and right in sync with the action on screen and sometimes will produce out of sight peripheral sound. The most popular front speakers today are in-wall speakers that are unobtrusive, unlike their predecessors, the floor or tower speakers and deliver full range of sound. In-wall speakers use the wall cavity as the enclosure and prevent unruly and unsightly wires. If you don’t feel comfortable with installing in-wall speakers, consider a mountable satellite (also referred to as indoor/outdoor) speaker. They don’t reproduce as much bass, so make sure you team it with a subwoofer. Finally, for smaller spaces consider bookshelf speakers, they can be placed on shelves or tables; make sure the speakers are “shielded.” Many televisions are adversely impacted when speakers near due to the magnetism of the speakers.
2. Center-Channel Speaker: The center-channel is a crucial piece of a proper home theater system, and is commonly completely over-looked. Center channel speakers are specifically designed to reproduce the vocals, and are responsible for more than 50% of the soundtrack, including almost all of the dialogue. It can be difficult to properly place the center channel because flat screens are so much larger. Again, ideally a center channel will go in the wall above or below the screen, however if this is not possible, use an external center channel on a shelf. It is important that it is in the center of the two front speakers and not off to the side, as this will disrupt your surround sound experience. Do not try to use the television as the center, it makes a very poor substitute.
3. Surround Sound Speakers: produce atmospheric, ambient sounds such as knocking on the door, thunder storms, and the rustling of leaves. They also work with your front speakers to deliver fantastic directional effects, like a helicopter flying by, or a bullet whizzing by. Ideally, your surround speakers should have the same performance capability as your front speakers, however homes being built with open floor plans, it’s not always that easy. If you are unable to put in rear in-wall speakers or mountable speakers, consider the newly released in-ceiling angled speakers. They allow the sound to be pointed directionally at the listening area, while still being unobtrusive. In modern homes, the thought is that speakers should be heard not seen. This mantra is different from the 70’s and 80’s where the larger the speakers and the system the cooler you were. Well, speaker technology has come a long ways, and you no longer need giant speakers to boast an impressive sound system. Because surround speakers produce, “directional sound” the proper placement of your surround speakers will heavily impact your over-all theater experience.
4. The Subwoofer: The subwoofer is available in both powered and passive – the advantage of a passive subwoofer, is the clean modern design, installed out of sight in the wall. It looks great, and for general music this is an acceptable option. You will need to use one of your additional channel outs or share one of your front speaker connections to power the subwoofer.

A powered subwoofer includes the amplifier in the enclosure, and connects easily to the “sub out” connection in the rear of your receiver. A subwoofer produces non-directional sound, so you may place it anywhere in the room, I recommend checking several locations to find the best sounding location before running your wire, and bare in mind these units require an electrical outlet. If I sound a bit partial, it’s because I am. Once you have experienced a home surround system with a powered subwoofer, you will never want to watch television or listen to music with out one. If you have an older model of receiver that does not have a subwoofer out, many subwoofers offer speaker-level signals connections from the amp and extract the bass sounds.

5. Frequency Response, Db, & Cross-overs: Here are three words that are generally foreign to the average consumer, but three important considerations when making a surround sound purchase. When purchasing a speaker consider the seller and their warranty, beyond that; compare these three characteristics of a speaker. First look for these ratings under specifications, you want a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 Khz, a sensitivity rating of 90 db or better, and the speaker should have at least a 2nd order crossover.

My family and I rarely go out to the movies, because it simply doesn’t compare to the convenience of home. I hope this article will help you to feel more prepared when embarking on purchasing your first surround sound system.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Audio Cents - Positive & Negative Speaker Wire

I will have a great article on "5 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing a Home Theater" tomorrow, but here is a great audio tip to tide you over.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's overwhelming to accept the fact that 3/4 of the year has already come and gone, like a Saturday afternoon. Yet, it makes me smile to know that it's here, the greatest month of the year...October. This is the month that the uggs come out, heavy sweaters, haunted houses, crisp mornings with warm afternoons, it's the best.

This year I thought I would video log a few of the scares we share with our local teenage population, so you can check back after Halloween for that. It is so fun!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine on BluRay Review

X-Men Origins: Wolverine totally misses the “origins” mark, but delivers an exciting dark ride through Wolverines (Hugh Jackman) history. The thin plot and lack of truly “origin” substance, is made up by Hugh Jackmans believable performance as the undeniably sexy Wolverine. Assisting the film are several action packed fight scenes and one unpredictable twist in the end. We get under-developed characters (unlike Rogue) and suprisingly lame special effects, but then again, it is a comic book prequel to the 4th generation..come on..what were we expecting? I liked it..YES, it could have been much better, but still it had my home theater system humping.

Wolverines “Origins” begins in the early 1800’s where as a youngster James (later known as Wolverine) unknowingly kills his real father and discovers his good friend is actually his brother. Director Gavin Hood, completely skims over the core sequence of Jimmy’s childhood, which would have been fine if the title of this movie hadn’t included the word “origins.” So we don’t find out if the dad was a mutant, why Jimmy wasn’t living with his father, or any significant childhood experiences, except that Victor & James find their place as killing machines in the military. The credits then roll over a hundred years of various battles, including the civil war, world war I, and the Vietnam war, showing James and Victor storming one violent frontline after another, providing lineage as to how Wolverine is such a bad ass fighter, I suppose. Here, we experience Victor evolving into Sabretooth (Live Schreiber) who begins to savor the flavor of killing, and witness James battle to try and keep his violent brother in check.

Next, Logan and his brother Victor are forced to join forces with the ruthless Col. Stryker (Danny Hudson), who leads an elite, top secret military mutant unit including teleporting Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.I.Am, electricity manipulator Charlie (Dominic Managhan), and my favorite witty sword packing character, Wade (Ryan Reynolds). Logan becomes disgusted by the atrocities, they are asked to mindlessly perform, and therefore ditches the team disappearing into the woods, leaving his blood-thirsty brother behind. We catch up with our mutant hunk, six years later working as a lumber jack in Canada and living with his school teacher hottie girlfriend (Lynn Collins), who is perfectly casted for the roll. I bought in to their relationship, and it was truly the only portion of the movie that made sense and didn’t have giant contradicting holes. This relationship is the driving force as to why Jimmy,James, Logan ultimately agrees to undergo the procedure that bonds adamantium to his skeleton and gives birth to Wolverine as we know him today.

Ultimately, like I said, I enjoyed it mostly for the Surround Sound experience in my home theater. The action, explosions, and fight scenes delivered an unmemorable mark on the X-Men franchise, but is a great BluRay rental. I am most disappointed at the severity of the violence and the over-all darkness of the movie, which kept me from allowing my daughter to watch it with me. We really had enjoyed the previous three together, but she won’t see this one for some time. Bummer.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Why does my subwoofer hum?

One common question I have received in Tech Support over the years with Onlyfactorydirect.com is, "why is my subwoofer humming?" In fact I had this same questions regarding a Powered Speaker, pro audio set up the other day. This information does not only apply to home audio powered subwoofer, but typically any powered audio DJ, band, or home application.

This is typically a result of a ground-loop in your stereo / home theater system. “Ground-loop,” you say, “what the heck does that mean?” Let me explain. A ground loop is caused by the difference in electrical potential at different grounding points in an audio/video system. A ground loop typically adds a loud low-frequency hum or buzz as soon as you plug in any variety of audio or video components, including subwoofers, cable-TV boxes, satellite-TV feeds, TV displays, amplifiers, A/V receivers or turntables. More simply put, a ground loop occurs in an audio system when you have two or more ground connections (three prong plugs) that are at slightly different electrical voltages. The two different grounds “fight” each other and an audible hum is the result.

The simplest way to solve this issue is to plug all theater/audio components into one power strip with a surge protector. If this is not possible, you will need to relocate some connections, we suggest starting with the cable-TV box, as it usually is the primary culprit. If disconnecting the satellite / cable TV causes the hum to disappear, you will need a Cable TV ground isolator.

To verify that you do indeed have a ground-loop, disconnect the RCA jacks or raw speaker wire connection with the subwoofer on and the volume turned all the way down. Once you have disconnected the RCA jacks/ raw speaker wire connection turn the volume back up. If it continues to hum after your increase the volume without the subwoofer being connected, then you have narrowed the cause to your home electrical wiring or the subwoofer.

If you establish that it is in fact a “ground-loop,” and you cannot connect all your components to one power strip than we suggest purchasing an inexpensive in-line ground isolator, if you have HDTV this is not an option. If the fore-mentioned is not an option, than your next step, is to look for all of the other ground points in your system. You will need to isolate the additional ground, and disconnect it; there are several options as to how to approach excluding a ground connection, using a cheater plug is one option.

If the hum is not caused by a “ground-loop” it could be caused by the cables. You want to use new high grade cables to connect your subwoofer. Old, mediocre quality, loose RCA jacks, or kinks in your cables can produce a hum by a broken connection in the cable itself.

It should be noted that ALL audio amplifiers have some degree of background hum. If you can easily hear the hum from your listening position there is cause for concern.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

8 Steps to a Better Session

I found this gem, while seeking the latest Pro Audio News. John offers great articles with valuable information. His blog is JohnSuitcase.

Article by JohnSuitcase
Recording is a time-intensive experience, and problems that arise often seem magnified. No one wants to wait for an hour while the guitar player runs to Guitar Center for new strings. So, to keep things going smoothly and efficiently, here are some things to do in preparation:

1. Practice! You'd be surprised how many bands come in to the studio obviously unprepared. If you can't play through the song without making mistakes, then you're not ready to record yet. Take the time to practice the songs you want to track thoroughly. This isn't to say that you can't be creative in the studio, but it's a lot cheaper to be creative on your own time.

2. Make sure your songs are finished. Going into the studio hoping to finish lyrics or parts on the spot is a recipe for dissatisfaction. You may be inspired by the pressure, but you'll inevitably listen back to it later on and think that you could have sang it better, or that you don't especially like this line or that phrase. You should bring a few copies of your lyric sheet with you to the session, as it can make doing punch-ins and overdubs a lot faster.

3. Record yourselves. It's very useful to record your practice using a simple tape recorder. The finished product won't sound very good, but you'll be able to hear if you're offtime, or off key. It may also make you aware that some parts of your song are dragging, or that other parts could be extended or more developed.

4. Get your gear in shape. Don't show up for a session that you're paying for with gear that doesn't work, cables that cut out, batteries that are going dead, or blown speakers. If you're afraid that your gear is less than perfect, make some calls. I can point you to some people in town that rent gear on a day-by-day basis, or to other musicians who might be willing to loan an amp or cabinet for a day or two. It makes a difference!

5. Tune your instrument. Drummers should put on new heads about 1 week before the session. The snare head should be replaced immediately before the session, and if you're doing more than one or two songs, consider bringing extra snare heads. Nothing sounds as good on tape as a fresh snare head. Read the Drum Tuning Bible for some great info on tuning your drums.Guitarists should put a new set of strings on a few days before the session. Bring extra strings, as you probably will break one or two. Bass players can replace their strings, although new bass strings can be a bit overly metallic. I would change bass strings a week or two before the session. Both Guitar and Bass should be properly set-up, with the intonation adjusted for the tuning of the songs you're recording. You can read some decent instructions here, or call a local guitar shop. I can set intonation for you, as well, though if your guitar needs more work, it will cause delays and headaches!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Welcome to Audio Hot Spot

Welcome to "Audio Hot Spot"

As a full time Social Networker for Onlyfactorydirect.com , I meet and network with interesting individuals in the audio industry fold and wish to share my experiences, and sometimes off topic random thoughts.

I previously worked in TechSupport and find that our customers are always so pleasantly suprised that we will take the time to assist them and truly seek an answer for them. This leads me to believe that there is a hunger for information in the ever growing DIY movement. I love it when the chiropracter with very little mechanical or technical back ground calls me to share in his joy of installing speakers throughout his office himself. "There's sound! Sasha..can you hear them...it sounds great," "I couldn't of done it with out you!" Truth be told, I didn't know anything about speakers when I came to Only Factory Direct, but it's learnable, as is almost anything if you pour yourself into it.

So here I am pouring myself in to social networking....and I will share my experience as I go and as our company continues to grow.

I urge you to contribute to this blog, email or twitter me your events, questions, and thoughts. Follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/OFDAudio and please become a fan on facebook.