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Thelonious Monk's Advice

Steve Lacy

The following list of advice comes courtesy of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, a musical genius. Read on to find out more

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Developing Critical Music-Listening Skills

Peter Cuddy, HiFi Haven

How to listen, not just hear...A list of 25 questions to ask yourself about the music being played to develop critical music-listening skills.

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Trying to decide between Open Back and Closed Back Headphones?

AudioAdvice

Trying to decide between open-back and closed-back headphones? Here's a summary to get a handle on the benefits and drawbacks of each.

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Guide to the best music to test your speakers

WhatHiFi

Here's a list of songs to test every aspect of a speaker's performance, from treble and bass quality to the way they handle rhythm and dynamics. By WhatHiFi

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What is a DAC and How Does it Work?

AudioAdvice

Ever wonder what’s going on inside your audio equipment? How does the audio data on a CD, MP3, or WAV file stop being data and become sound? That “magic” is in large part thanks to a digital-to-analog converter or DAC. A DAC takes digital data and t

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What is a Crossover and How Does it Affect Speaker Configuration?

Fluance

A concise refresher on speaker configuration, the difference between a 2-way and 3-way speaker and crossover frequencies.

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Home Theater 101

Fluance

Here's a quick rundown! Home theater setups & what does each channel do in a surround sound home theater.

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Hardware Teardown of Topping D30 DAC

Amir, Founder Audio Science Review

This is a hardware teardown and analysis of Topping D30 USB DAC. No doubt many of you have read my review of the D30 and know that it is my current favorite for a budget DAC ($129). There seems to be two revisions of this DAC out there so this will

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How to Create a DIY Music Streaming Server with Volumio

By Moe Long

Music streaming services such as Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Tidal offer the ability to play virtually any song in a few clicks. However, a do-it-yourself (DIY) music streaming server offers more functionality for music

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Common Turntable Setups (Part 2)

Posted on Fluance

For those looking to dive into the world of vinyl, it can be a pretty intimidating hobby to get into. We have put together this guide to get you started with turntables and identify all the components you will need to start listening to records today

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Turntable Setup: What You Need to Play Records (Part 1)

Posted on Fluance

For those looking to dive into the world of vinyl, it can be a pretty intimidating hobby to get into. We have put together this guide to get you started with turntables and identify all the components you will need to start listening to records today

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Understanding Digital Sound and Analog Sound

By Ryan C. Williams

The creation of the digital compact disc changed the way music is recorded and played. Digital sound has, to a large extent, replaced analog sound. But what really is the difference between digital and analog recordings? When musical recordings were

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How Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick Work?

By Ashley Watters, Abshier House

What is the Amazon Fire TV Stick? The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a new device joining the ranks of home entertainment streaming technologies. The Fire Stick plugs into your TV’s HDMI port giving you access to your favorite TV shows, movies, subscriptio

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Passive & Active Signal Path. Explained

By WhatHi-Fi

Confused about the difference between active and passive speakers? Let us explain

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I don’t understand any of these words I keep on seeing! Please clear it up!

Posted by u/Aco2504 on Reddit/BudgetAudiophile

Active Speakers/Active Monitors: These are speakers with a built in amplifier. These are the simplest (but not necessarily the best) way to get into a better audio system than all-in-ones. They are fed by a line level signal, and you can generally c

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What are passive vs active speakers? What are the pros/cons of each?

Internet sources

Simple answer: passive speakers require an external power amplifier and active speakers have an amplifier built into them (just need a power source to operate). Both can sound great, and depending on your selection, will sound better than any speake

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Dayton Audio B652-AIR Speaker System Review

Mark Fleischmann | Jul 29, 2015 Sound & Vision

No Frills (Well, Not Many) The B652-AIR will never win any beauty contests, though it’s hardly an eyesore. It looks a lot like the no-frills speakers packaged with home-theater-in-a-box systems. The simple rectangular enclosure is fiberboard, not pl

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Will “X” amplifier work with “Y” set of speakers? Or I have “Y” speakers…what amplifier do I need?

Posted by u/Aco2504 on Reddit/BudgetAudiophile

Okay, so you are, basically, wondering about pairing together speakers and amplifiers - good question! Let me start with the short and quick answer that may annoy you – 95% of consumer-grade/home speakers out there will work and perform admirably wi

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Okay, so the economy is rough and I’m low on cash - what is the cheapest/bare bones system that you recommend?

Audiophile Connoisseur

Easy. Dayton B652 and Dayton Audio DTA-1 This is RM600 for a great starter system. Most would recommend that perhaps you jump up the Dayton B652-AIR, which is the same speakers as the Dayton B652, instead of a dome tweeter, the B652-AIR boasts a hig

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How to Install and Set-up Outdoor Speakers

Internet sources

Outdoor speakers system planning guide. Here's a simple 'how-to' article to expand your musical horizons with outdoor speakers from techX. On your porch, patio or pool deck, these speakers let you bring high performance sound out into the world.

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