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Room Acoustic and Speakers Placement

We will begin with a few words about the position of the speakers in the listening room.

Room acoustic and speaker position in that very same room have a tremendous impact on the sound. To achieve high-quality and/or superior sound, the speakers should be moved from the walls. This primarily refers to the distance from the side walls and the general angle of the room. The speakers should also be moved from the rear wall to create a virtual stage in front of the listener, which is expressed in all three dimensions (width, depth and height of the sound stage). How many speakers will be moved away from the walls depends on the specific room, condition, speakers, etc. Make sure that the speakers are not spaced too much in relation to each other, or you will get a blurred and stretched sound image of a bad focus sound stage – a spacing of approximately 200-220 cm will in most cases be quite sufficient. Rotate the speakers toward the listener. It takes a lot of patience and experimentation to find the position where your speakers will give their maximum in this particular case.

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Most of music lovers apply the theory developed by Joachim Gerhard, a former constructor in the Audio Physic firm. He says that speakers should be mounted on a wider wall. The wider wall should be divided into quarters, and the shorter wall is divided into half. The speakers are placed on a line dividing the shorter wall half, that is, the longer wall on the line between the first and second quarters and the line between the third and fourth quarters – this does not have to be so literally. Namely, set the boxes as described, play a record and move the left and right boxes on that line. In the moment when the center of the sound is distorted or too stretched you will know that you have to go back with the boxes. The chair in which the listener is sitting is in the middle of a long wall, and the head is practically leaning on the wall itself. If this is not clear, look at the above image. The question arises how will this position of the loudspeaker in the room impact to the bass area because we know that many loudspeakers will be thin on the bass by leaving the rear wall. Basically, the area will not be disturbed because the listener gets bass by reflecting on the wall behind his back.

If we have said that the speaker position in the room has a great impact on the overall sound of your hi-fi system, then we had to say that there is one more important factor than that. And that’s the hearing acoustics. The acoustic of the listening room is called the mother of good sound, because it is the most important factor in achieving good sound. Your listening room acoustic is the most influential and most important component in your hi-fi system. The hi-fi system of middle rank placed in a room with a good acoustic will sound better than the expensive system set in the bad room.

Bad listening room is the one with too much echo (bare walls, naked floors, windows without curtains, etc.) as well as those that is too damped (thick carpets, heavy furniture, thick curtains, walls wrapped in shelves, etc.). Ideally, you’d find somwehere in the middle. In the echoing room your hi-fi system will sound extremely open, irritating, your head will hurt you after listening to music in that room. In a too damped room expect vice versa: lack of detail, freshness in sound, speed, etc. If your room can not be ideal, then it is better to be more echoing than too damped – but this is just my personal attitude. In practice, it may happen that a slightly more echoing room will benefit from a hi-fi system that is (too) dark; Conversely, a somewhat duller room may occur in favor of a more open-minded hi-fi system.

And while the size and shape of the room can not be affected, it would be wrong to ignore the walls, ceilings and floors. Every object you have in the room behaves like an absorber or reflector. Concrete, glass and stone, as the materials from which your room is designed, have the most influential effect on the sound of your hi-fi system and create a great echo. The bare brick is a solid choice, the plaster brick something worse. Each of these materials at different frequencies has a different degree of absorption. Wood is an excellent absorbing material, so audiophiles having walls with wooden panels on it can be considered lucky. In addition, unlike other materials that give different degrees of absorption at different frequencies, wood has linear absorption at all frequencies.

But the highest degree of absorption has – the human body. By the time I was actively engaged in playing in one of the band’s then I remember our gigs on one island. We came to the afternoon tone test, there was nobody in the club – the sound on the rehearsal of was desperate: open, loud, impossible to listen. A few hours later, the club was full of people and the sound was great.

With simple and thoughtful room acoustic you can dramatically improve the sound of your hi-fi system. But as I said, you need to be thoughtful, clever and patient. Place the carpet between the loudspeakers and listening positions. But, for example, the excessively thick and/or excessively large carpet placed between the speakers and the listener can suppress the high-range area. Place the wall shelves on the side walls. It’s great to show, assuming the speakers are moving away from the rear wall and placing the thick plush curtains on the wall beneath the loudspeakers, which greatly diminishes the focus and three-dimensionality of the sound image. For all this, little love and patience are needed, and financial investments are minimal. Do not insert into new components (whether it’s a new cable or a speaker) if the material we are dealing with in this article has not led to the maximum, because without that any further investment in the hi-fi system components is useless.

This is the end of our ultimate speaker placement guide.

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Turntable Buying Guide

On this website I will try to deliver a quality informations regarding record players for sale and turntables for sale. I will also write something about best record player, best turntable and best vinyl record player. Of course, there will be a plenty to read about a record player reviews and turntable reviews on our different categories in the top menu.

Here are some basic principles that should be taken when buying a new turntable, at least from our point of view, where we will not consider the purchase of a DJ turntable, because it belongs to the domain selection of professional equipment for work, and that is  ruled by other principles.

best-turntablesMany believe that with a buying a new turntables is all over, in the sense that there is no additional cost, however this is often not the case. Only when unpacking the turntable and listen to it for a while, they realize that they need a new platform-lining, the new mat, brush for cleaning plates, clamp, new power, and so on. All of these enhancements affect the end result, that is the sound of a turntable, or not in equal measure, and so the acquisition of the same debate. Of course, carbon brush is an essential piece of equipment for every record player lover, but it can not be said for the clamp or a new power supply.

So, not to fall into the trap of constant additional costs for different equipment gramophone, before buying a new turntable it would be well to consider the qualities and characteristics of the turntable. Some turntables require superior (insulation) platform also to give maximum performance, the second coming with mounted cartridge which is sometimes two classes below the class of the turntable, etc. In addition, the buyer must be prepared to compromise; it may be cheaper to buy a record player without cover and often delete dust, but why not to get “more music” for the original money invested.

For popular models, we examined well known and specific characteristics of each model individually. If any of you are those who are familiar with some details that are not described here, please send us a brief description to be classified in this guide and also future customers with selecting the appropriate model, and shopping.

World Of Turntables will be constantly supplemented with a reviews of a new models of turntables, as well as relevant information on the same.

Reviews and description of the sound of some turntables are the result of personal experience and the experience of sound, although our personal opinion is not far from a general impression.

To have a good turntable for some people is needs – because they did not give up collection of vinyl LPs. For some gramophone matter of taste – as it is sometimes beautifully designed useful objects that, in addition another, more beautiful than any other digital devices which play music.

And for some it is a record player at home the question of prestige – because they want to have a thing for which they will “drool” their family friends.

Reasons to buy turntables, therefore, has more – one of the most important is a return of vinyl – and even those who now consider only record player whimsically idle admirers of analog devices is unlikely to remain indifferent towards the beauty of the visual impression of turntables.

More to hear them as they play, and would probably start thinking about yourself procurement of such a device with a soul that is completely compatible with modern way of listening to music on the iPod, without which, say, I can not imagine a single day of life, and I carry it in your pocket everywhere you have to go.

If you have a collection of vinyl with whom you did not know what to do or that you would like to use more often, if you want a little “archaeological” search for an old LP records or you want to hear on vinyl sound of new albums of Dylan, Springsteen, AC / DC, Coldplay, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones and Duffy – especially jazz – you have found yourself at least one justification for the acquisition of the good, not old but new turntable.

After all, the pleasure of listening to music from vinyl LP records is in the sphere of the audiophile cool experience and even the best and most expensive CD players will not be able to afford that sound and feeling because nothing can match with the warmth of vinyl records sound carefully laid on a plate of one of these amazing turntable.