A simple upgrade - change your speaker position


I have been playing with a new pair of speakers recently and with some of the furniture out of the way, my acoustic professional friend Nic and I could play more freely with the position of the speakers. Instead of being forced to plaster them close to the full, we could then move them further out into the room, widen the space between, and compare.

Indeed, there was an incredible increase in soundstage, depth, and imaging. Drums got tighter, the voices clearer, whilst the space between instruments and definition all benefitted. All this without spending a cent on any equipment upgrades or even acoustic treatment.

So before we consider buying new gear, we may want to try moving our speakers around, vary the toe-in, and also the listening position. 

Conversely if we are unable to play with these variables, we should seriously consider if buying expensive new gear is really the answer. Some of us have to live with constraints like kids, family etc, and moving the position of the speakers is really out of the question. Then the question is, which do we value more? And we may want to shelve that upgrading project and instead spend more on software like new CDs or DVDs instead of worrying about something that we can't really fix. 

I mean, if the answer is to move the speakers two feet forward into the living room and that's impossible, buying a bigger and more expensive speaker is probably the last thing we should do. Oftentimes, we see large tower speakers squeezed into the corners of the living room, and the owners wonder why the sound isn't up to their expectations. Floor stander speakers need  room to breath, and when they come into the more space, they usually perform better.

So if space is an issue, then we have to understand that a bookshelf speaker is better, and correspondingly the bass will be lessened. It's simple physics, and if we really desire deep bass, we can use a subwoofer or live with the compromise, or accept muddy bass. There aren't that many variables if we really take a step back.




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Cable Management in your Home Theatre System


Just sharing something I have already begun using as more speakers come into play.

As we have more than 50 cables / connectors coming out of the modern AV ampifier, one should get proper labels.

For a cheap solution, you can simply use masking tape or even black tap and write on it, but these tend to get icky with time.

For a more professional look, I bought these off Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085U9HUQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Dotz Reusable Hook & Loop Cord Straps for Cord and Cable Management, 6 Count, Assorted Colors (RHLS221MC-C)
And these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003L13A7K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Monoprice Marker Cable Tie 4 inch 18LBS, 100pcs/Pack - White
As we keep increasing the number of speaker cables, keeping track of them will become even more important to avoid accidents.


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Equaliser - movie review



Denzel Washington is one of the greatest character actors ever, and yet, I won't count this as one of his best efforts.

This movie, a kind of re-make of a TV series, has elements of Punisher, Taken, Get Carter, and other vigilante hero type movies that features a highly trained, yet reluctant hero who possesses certain skills that allows him to hurt others badly.

I guess that means the plot is hardly original, yet Denzel is the main reason to watch this. He has done this before, ala Man On Fire, in which he was also a highly trained person that can cause serious hurt to his enemies. There he was also a protector, and goes to all ends of the earth to find and destroy those who will harm whoever he loves.

I think we are all fans of this kind of quietly determined person, and yet, there isn't a lot to remember about this movie, that warrants a second viewing. Just enjoy his measured performance, and he has good company in this movie as Morton Csokas played a solid villain with some real scariness. Chloe Moretz from Kick Ass adds a certain vulnerability, but the rest are rather nameless.

The action takes a while to build up but there is some real blood letting once Denzel let's loose.

I like to compare his effort to a Korean show, called Man From Nowhere, and the different styles of efficient killing.

Could someone have played the lead, well Won Bin, the lead from that Korean show might have, or some have suggested Liam Neeson. But I feel Denzel and Liam are a tad old for this now and Jason Statham doesn't have the acting chops. Micheal Caine in his younger days would have been a shoo-in too.

There is some good surround, and when the fuel tanks explode, the bass really hits the chest.

Recommended for fans of Denzel.




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Get The Gringo - movie review

Another day with the Neural X, and DTS-X, and I took out a disc from the not too distant past: Get The Gringo A relatively simple plo...