iOS only app! Way to ignore 1/2 the world out there. I can not in good conscious offer this from my company, ignoring almost 1/2 my customers out there.
I can’t understand what makes a company decide to do this. I can only assume the dev & owners of the company are Apple users & fanboys. It truly is a special cult and mentality these Apple people have, something like groups of apocalyptic zombies walking around. I personally would never own an Apple product but I do not ignore all my customers that do, even thou it is a PIA to deal with their crappy stuff.
YMMV, my .02, yada yada yada…
What is/are the format(s) of the files that were converted to MP3 and MQA? THAT should be the reference! This test compares the appearance of wax apples with the appearance of cardboard apples. There are no real apples in sight.
As I’ve understood it over the years, the goal of mp3 was to create files that were acceptable—not files that were of the best possible quality—to reduce the memory requirements of portable players. What has been deemed acceptable? Imagine the scene shown in ad after ad, where two people walk next to one another, each wearing one earbud of a pair. THIS is what has been pushed as normal for such listening.
A test like this should include a comparison of these waxen apples with the real thing, so the millenials might just say “we’re being ripped off in two different ways!’
Please don’t miss an opportunity to educate people about the quality and clarity that can be achieved using the best. Best equipment, best files, best everything.
Mike Jordan is correct in noting that dealers might be leaving money on the table when it comes to providing customers with a warm audio experience that includes great bass sound. But there is more than one way to skin this cat. As John Bishop noted in his comment, it is not as if custom installers are often selling cheap and underperforming speakers.
More important than just adding a subwoofer is the need to properly power the main loudspeakers. And here, a high-current power amplifier will more accurately drive speakers than a voltage driven amplifier, especially in-wall or in-ceiling speakers that often lack a proper enclosure.
Power is an equation of Voltage x Current and as such, while a great many amplifiers keep the current low and throttle power by raising and lowering voltage levels, constant-voltage high-current amplifiers maintain a steady and low voltage level and achieve similar power by throttling current levels. So are both W/Ch equal, especially when the speakers are drawing between 7 and 12 Watts (the typical power used for multi-room audio playback)?
The answer is NO! While it doesn’t take much power to actuate a tweeter, the larger magnetic element, the woofer will respond more accurately and affectively when driven by current. The end result is deeper, richer bass from the exact same speaker. A simple analogy is that of a lantern and car battery. Both output 12 Volts and both will make a 12V light bulb (the tweeter) shine bright. But the lantern battery won’t turnover the car engine (the woofer) because it doesn’t output enough current.
Back when my daughters were still having sleepovers, parents were picking up the kids in the vestibule right off of our kitchen. On one occasion, a father came in and asked me the “million dollar” question for a life-long multi-room dude. He asked, “Do you have a subwoofer in your kitchen?”
His one question immediately told me that he understood not only multi-room audio but also sound-reinforcement using subwoofers. I proudly responded no, that my 15 year-old ADA system was driving $100/pair 2-way six-inch in-ceiling speakers without a sub. “Proudly” because this gentleman quickly learned what we at ADA have been all about, great sound even at background audio levels. Mind you, in addition to the ADA high-current amplifier, my ADA preamplifier also featured our custom active loudness contour circuit that enhances bass at low volume levels and as the volume is increased, the effect of the filter rolls off. Cheap speakers without a subwoofer but still awesome bass at background audio levels.
No doubt there are other multi-room electronic manufactures that provide components that deliver high-current power. But with so many amplifiers now featuring low-current Class-D designs, it is no wonder that many are not getting the bass response from speakers that could easily do better.
Where is the link for registration?
You should have at least a basic understanding of gaming, and what features are important to gamers. Knowing the input latency numbers on the flat panels you sell for instance, or knowing that Samsung “NU8000” models and up support AMD’s “FreeSync” variable refresh rate technology (this is HUGE!), as does the Xbox One S and X consoles.
Knowing the technology allows you to customize your offerings to gamers. Speaking INTELLIGENTLY to their needs will also differentiate you from the guys who can’t.
Today, video gaming industry is growing and expanding exponentially on the websites and mobile devices. The increasing demand for video games is driving the demand for online games as they help in-game communication and improve the overall experience. You can browse around this web-site for many for computer and video games which have really taken off in almost every home in America.
This is huge news for all - dealers, Control4, all our customers. Congrats to Martin Plaehn for making this happen, and to Charlie for recognizing & grabbing the opportunity. This is further validation of the integrator value in the deployment of the smart home.
Congrats to both Charlie + Control4. Match made in heaven and can’t wait to see how our industry benefits from Charlie’s influence. It’s validating to see a CEDIA outsider want to dive in with both feet.
As great as some of these systems sound, the question needs to be asked- “Will they actually care about the differences in sound, or are they trying to make the statement that a lot of money was spent on this?”.
One good way to find the answer can be to start by looking into the other equipment in their house(s), to determine the level of quality. If asked, they may tell us that they want great sound but if they’re using a HTIB that has dinky speakers in a room that’s a bad match for it, they haven’t been hearing great sound, so what we provide, while full-range and dynamic, will likely be called ‘bassy’, thumping, annoying and “I don’t like it because I hear it in other parts of the house”. Outside, we need to be careful that the sound doesn’t annoy the neighbors, regardless of the fact that it sounds live and kick-ass. If they can only play it at a whisper, what good did it do to sell/install the better system? Conversely, we need to find out how they’ll use it, because it could go the opposite way- we may interpret “We won’t play it very loud” as fact, when they really want to re-create Woodstock or Lollapalooza.
We need to ask a lot of questions and pay attention to what we’re told, often re-stating the questions that seem to have been answered without the info we need.
Who, here, hasn’t had a single customer ask “What’s all that rumbling?” after we installed what we know is a great subwoofer, but they have never heard (except maybe, at a stop light)?
What could have possibly precipitated this incredibly unfortunate cascade of losses. Two dedicated champions for our industry are suddenly no longer with the organization they so dearly loved?! That just doesn’t add up. It will be very interesting to see what your investigative research reveals, Julie. Thanks in advance for digging in!
Dave, you’ve been a positive and constant asset to CEDIA’s education mandate for so long I can’t even imagine what it will be like without your presence. Your passion for the organization and the various technical initiatives around it like the Electronic Lifestyle judging program and the Recommended standards and practices has been your calling card. I’ve always appreciated your willingness to pick up the phone or sit down for a chat on those topics we had in common cause. I wish you all the best in your next chapter, and I hope it might continue in our industry, where your voice is always appreciated.
Godspeed young man!
Ah yes, Bass the final frontier.
Another way to consider this is from the end user’s perspective. What is the music performance level we’d like to achieve?
That doesn’t mean we’re pitching subs, we’re addressing the quality of the music experience.
In some of these ‘architectural speaker’ examples were talking about a $500 or perhaps a $1,000 package. I’m not sure how important a subwoofer pitch is in a $500 system context, but that’s another topic.
The James Loudspeaker package might be $1,000 to $5,000 for a system depending on the level of the satellites (Quad Tweeter Array with Power Pipe for example) so what might be the selling strategy?
I see it as a HiFi pitch; Bookshelf speakers can be $500/pair or $5,000/pair and both may be limited to an 8 1/2 octave bandwidth. But the higher priced system would have much better accuracy, dynamic headroom and lack of resonances within the system. A better musical listening experience. Floor standing speakers may run into the same price range but would move closer to a 10 octave bandwidth. Both are valid, and the latter, with response down to say 25Hz or so will allow bass transmission to other rooms as LF isolation is challenging. But a full bandwidth experience is far better. And volume controls are always available!
In Architectural Entertainment System designs the goal is to be as accurate, dynamic and artifact free as the best free-standing systems within the same price class.
Integrating them attractively is what our industry is all about. And that goal has driven companies like James Loudspeaker to offer so many subwoofer sizes and formats (with a vast array of interface registers & grilles), and clever satellite designs that allow integration of 8 ½ octave stand alone satellites from small aperture lighting system style grilles in the ceiling. The important performance factor is that these speakers offer that 8 1/2 octave performance from a 3” opening. That’s the trick, and clients who appreciate the art of music as much as their interior design usually come our way, and happily pay for a superior experience and aesthetic in the process.
Better living through music and a beautiful interior at the same time!
Just a thought on this timely topic.
Thank you for the comment, Fins. If all we wrote about was brand new concepts or implementations, we wouldn’t have much content. Dealers prefer different vendors for a variety of reasons. Control4 dealers (and customers) are excited to have this feature, just as Savant dealers are excited to have a new cloud platform.
Yeah, that’s cool stuff too. But my point is, the intercom anywhere is not a new concept. Elan has been doing it for a couple years. In fact, everything that Plaehn bragged about has already been done by Elan.
Dave, It is hard for me to imagine CEDIA without you and your tireless & effective efforts and leadership. I am saddened that your parting from CEDIA comes under such a cloud, but I have little doubt that it will make people take notice. And I have no doubt that you will land right side up very quickly.
From your partner in Future Technology Pavilions crime,
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