First things first -- some general tips


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Username: Nency

Post Number: 71
Registered: May-09
Before you start, consider voice-matching. Voice-matching is key to effective home theater sound. If your speakers do not produce a similar tonal quality and share the same harmonic characteristics, the sound will be disjointed when it travels from speaker to speaker. With voice-matched speakers, the sound moves effortlessly around you, creating a seamless surround effect. The best way to ensure voice-matched speakers is to choose speakers from the same "family" of speakers, by the same brand.

It's easy to get lost in the various types of speakers and kinds of materials used to construct speakers. In general, look for solid, relatively inert speaker cabinets. Often, this means rigid materials like MDF or aluminum with strong internal bracings. They'll help cut down on internal resonances that can muddy the sound.

Be aware that more powerful magnets and voice coils give a speaker greater control, so you'll hear more precise sound. That means that no matter what kind of music or movies you throw at it -- jazz, classical, rock, sweeping movie soundtracks, and intense special effects -- you'll be able to hear every detail.

And look for stronger driver materials since they'll stand up to years of use. But be aware that different tweeter and woofer materials will reproduce sound differently. For example, silk tweeters tend to produce smoother highs, while metal tweeters produce sharper highs. What you choose will depend largely up on your personal tastes and preferences.

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