eCoustics is featuring some interesting articles this month, the first of which is on loudspeaker sound. This article examines what things to think about when test-driving loudspeakers, as well as making some recommendations on some reference music you may wish to play on them.
Also featured are a handful of articles on cabling: A Guide to Component Video Cables, DVI vs. HDMI vs. Component Video — Which is Better?, Video Cables from the Inside Out and Digital Cables vs. Analog Cables — What’s the Difference?
How to Judge Loudspeaker Sound and Accuracy
What do we really mean when we talk about “loudspeaker sound”? We’ve said it – we’ve heard it – but what should a good loudspeaker sound like?
Component Video Cables — A Guide
What makes the best component video cable? Why are there so many component video cable types on the market? How can I choose the component video cable that will do the best job in my system? To help address these questions, we’ve put together this little treatise on component video, and component video cables.
DVI vs. HDMI vs. Component Video — Which is Better?
As DVI and HDMI connections become more and more widely used, we are often asked: which is better, DVI (or HDMI) or component video? The answer, as it happens, is not cut-and-dried.
Video Cables from the Inside Out
When reading descriptions of home theater cable products off of packages in a big-box store, or off of websites online, it’s sometimes hard to get a clear understanding of just what, exactly, is inside a length of cable. It often isn’t clear where the engineering-speak ends and where the marketing-speak begins, and the marketing-speak certainly isn’t usually designed to aid understanding.
Digital Cables vs. Analog Cables — What’s the Difference?
Many of the best video cables on the market today were designed primarily for use in the digital domain; but can a digital cable really perform well as an analog cable? Can an analog cable be used as a digital cable? What’s the difference, anyway, between digital and analog cables? They both move electrons, don’t they? All of these are interesting questions, and bear some discussion.
Make sure to take along some Cd's of your favourite music when comparing loudspeakers, and also try to get the store to closely match to your CD player and amplifier.
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