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Home Audio Speakers: The Basics

A home audio system is made up of two components: the receiver and the speakers. Once you have chosen a receiver that is to your liking and will provide all the optimal audio features you want, you have the pleasure (or pain) of choosing your speakers. The receiver is only as good as the home audio speakers and vice versa. But with so many types, which should you choose? What are the differences?

Floor-standing speakers, also known as tower speakers, have been around for decades, and for good reason. While larger than their counterparts, the reproduce a wide range of frequencies and are more efficient in terms of volume per watt. Because of their size and performance, they are more expensive than smaller speakers. They are ideal if you have a large room or want to listen to more music rather than movie watching.

People with a budget and little space should consider investing in bookshelf speakers. They can still offer excellence performance. Most are 2-way, meaning they contain a tweeter and a woofer or midrange. The downside of bookshelf speakers is that they cannot produce low bass as well as a floor-standing speaker. Consider adding a subwoofer to the home audio setup.

Movie and theater buffs will need to add channel speakers to their system. They can handle a wide range of frequencies and can deliver more precise dialogue, music, and special effects in movies. They are generally placed above or below the TV. The channel speaker should be the first speaker you purchase for your system and where you put most of your money.

Surround speakers are adept for the high and midrange sounds. They come in quite small packages these days and will therefore not distract from the décor. But remember to add a subwoofer for the low bass. Placement is key for these speakers to ensure you get that true surround sound effect.

As mentioned previously, subwoofers are crucial for producing low frequencies which is not possible on smaller home audio systems. However, they are rather large. The good news is that they are omni-directional so you can place it virtually anywhere in the room, out of sight.

Really tight on space? A sound bar is the solution for you. The sound bar's processor is able to deliver a rich, full sound throughout the room without all that extra setup. Sound bars offer virtual surround sound and are perfect for those with no floor space for speakers. They can mount on the wall or sit below the television. They connect with one simple cable.

Enjoy movies and music the way they were meant to be heard. Do them justice with the right home audio system setup.

 


Discount Home Theater Systems: Surround Sound On A Budget

Buying a surround sound system or home theater on a budget doesn't have to be mission impossible. In fact, it is quite easy to work with almost any budget when purchasing these systems in today's marketplace. The thing you have to remember is that you do most often get what you pay for and the higher quality systems are going to cost more money. It is often difficult once you've experienced the difference in sound quality of the higher end surround sound systems to make the decision to purchase one that fits within lower budget requirements but you can get sound quality for a lower price and stay on budget if you shop very carefully.

The first thing you need to do is set priorities. If you are looking for a surround system, then focus on that rather than flitting back and forth between home theaters and surround sound systems. You will do much better economically and quality wise to go with a surround sound system rather than a home theater in a box sort of kit in the same price range and the only major difference is that a home theater kit in a box often comes with a DVD player. The sacrifice usually lies in the speaker when you purchase a kit such as this for your home. You can not only save money by purchasing the surround sound system as a stand alone system you can get better quality in both the sound system and the DVD/DVR if you purchase them separately rather than together.

You can find speakers and components for surround systems in all kinds of price ranges. You want to make sure that if you are purchasing a box set for your surround sound system that it has all the parts and components you will need in order to get theater quality sound. These sets and systems can be found at amazing prices in large retail chains around the country. If you are willing to wait for sales you can even get better prices on them.

Set a budget before you begin shopping however and do not allow yourself to be talked into something that is outside your budget. There will always be temptations to spend more when it comes to electronics. That bigger screen, the larger subwoofer, the better amplifier - there's always one more temptation to get your dollars. The thing you must be prepared for is not only to try to get the best quality and greatest functionality for the least amount of money but also to stay within a certain budget limit in order to accomplish your goal. If you overspend now, it will result in delays for upgrades or additions later on.

Another thing you can do in order to stay within budget is to purchase a 5.1 surround sound system with 6 speakers (5 plus the subwoofer) that can expand to a 7.1 speakers with the addition of speakers over time. This allows you to expand and improve your system in time but gives you a good starting point, provided that you have good quality speakers. There really isn't enough that can be said about the budget friendliness of a system that can be upgraded and expanded over time. If you get a nice base system it is possible that you will be able to change the speakers over time as your budget becomes more flexible and electronics friendly (you will need to check and make sure as to matters of compatibility however).

Despite the high price of many surround sound and home theater systems, it is quite possible to own a system of your very own and greatly enhance your home television viewing and sound experience greatly without going to debtor's prison on the process. Take the time to compare prices, learn what you absolutely need and what you can live without, and start small, then build up to a better system rather than going into the buying process with an all or nothing attitude. You just might find that you have a far superior system over time with half the investment others have made in theirs.

 


Outdoor Speakers - Perfect For A Melodious Garden

Outdoor speakers allow you to move your music with you into your backyard, the beach or anywhere else you want to go. Whether it is a quiet time alone on the patio or a day at the beach with the family, we can surround our ears with our favorite tunes.

For backyards, when using conventional, or wired, outdoor speakers this means deciding where they will be placed and then running the wires from the stereo system to the speakers. Wires will typically be buried underground or under the roof of the house or structure in the yard (like a large wooden shed).

The type of speaker should be considered before you start your wiring as it will affect where you place your speakers and therefore where you wiring will go. Speakers that are meant to be used on the ground should be set in a position so that the sound is not muffled or distorted in any way. Likewise, speakers that are intended to be off the ground should be set on stands.

When wiring your speakers, you should follow some sage advice. The first bit of advice is to avoid running the wire through a door or a window. Doors and windows open and close and the wire could be caught where it could be sheared off in a scissors like manner by the door or window. Instead, the wires should be run through the wall. After the hole is drilled in the wall, the wire should be run through the hole and then run to the speaker without too much slack in the line. The less wire exposed the better.

One big aspect of outdoor speakers is their resistance to weather. When purchasing speakers that are meant for the great outdoors, you need to make sure that your speakers will endure the first sign of moisture and cold. A popular type of outdoor speaker is the garden speaker which is virtually weatherproof. The speakers blend in with your garden, are easy to install and are generally affordable by most consumers.

There are many different types of these garden speakers. The garden speakers can be in the shape of real things or animals you would normally find in a garden. The speakers can be in the shape of rocks, frogs, lizard or mushrooms. These speakers are typically painted or colored to look like the real thing so that your guests will be unaware and the speakers do not stick out like a sore thumb.

When looking to purchase outdoor speakers, you can also go with wireless outdoor speakers as well. These will function the same way as wired speakers, but they will not require the work required to install the wires. The only thing you will need to keep tabs on is how far away the wireless speakers are from the stereo system.

Whether it is wired or wireless, outdoor speakers will allow you to bring your music with you.

 


The Randomness Of Funny Stuff

There are some things that are just funny whether they were intended to be or not. Like tripping over your own feet, that fall you took off of the edge of your porch, or the broken heel you got when you managed to wedge your shoe in the door to keep the elevator from closing.

Now, breaking your heel to hold the elevator door may not be considered a funny thing to you, but it is to the group of people that watched you fight with your shoe for twenty minutes trying to get it unstuck. Anything funny can come from the most innocent moments. This funny stuff sometimes happens out of the blue and causes onlookers to wish for a camera to capture it.

That funny stuff in the emails you get each day and forward. Pictures you took with unexpected people in the background are funny things too. When your cat fell in the bathtub with you, that was some funny stuff. Not the scratches you got, of course, but the cat trying to scramble its way back to dry land.

Anything funny will cause people to laugh and ask for a repeat performance. Some want laughs so badly they will set up others so that funny stuff happens to them. The old bucket-of-water-over-the-door trick may be a little outdated, but it is still a funny thing to do to an unsuspecting person.

Although different people have a different view of what funny things are. Some consider hiding rubber snakes to be funny. But nothing funny is seen about it by the one screaming at the snake until they realize that it is a fake.

Funny stuff happens all the time when you have children. Kids are adorable and they will embarrass you given the chance; parroting is the most common of the funny things kids do. By parroting, I don't mean they repeat what you are saying to them. No, this would not embarrass you. Instead they wait until you are talking to someone and repeat what you didn't think they heard, which has a tendency to turn your face red. While your face is red, the person you were speaking with tries, usually unsuccessfully, to suppress their laughter, proving yet again that funny things are different for everyone.

Funny stuff can occur from forgetfulness as well. Like something funny that can happen in your kitchen, for instance. Pouring yourself a drink and putting it in the refrigerator. Then you go around looking for that same drink for half an hour while those that watched you put it in the fridge stand by and say nothing.

Anything funny caught on film becomes funnier as it is shared with the world. The funniest things aren't staged, but just happen, or at least look like they just happened out of nowhere. Hidden wires and things left out of place can lead to funny stuff happening when someone that is not in on the set-up enters the picture. The unsuspecting person walks in and takes flight as they hit the wire strung across the room, unable to catch their balance.

These are proof that anything funny can come from funny things that were not realized to be funny by all who were there at the time.

 


The Land Of Song - Wales

Wales has a long history of music and has been called the 'land of song' since at least the Nineteenth Century. This reference to Wales as the land of song, almost certainly comes from the enthusiastic singing in Welsh churches and at Welsh sports meetings, especially at rugby matches. However, Wales' links with music go much further back than that.

Wales has a tradition of folk music which is closely linked with Scottish and Irish folk music. There are several forms of musical gathering that are comparable to those in other Celtic countries in the United Kingdom. For instance there is the twmpath (folk dance session), g?yl werin (folk festival) and noson lawen (a traditional party comparable to the Gaelic "C?ilidh").

Modern Welsh folk musicians have often resurrected traditions which had been suppressed or forgotten, and have competed with imported and indigenous rock and pop trends. This has been especially true since the 1990's.

Despite modern Welsh trends in music, Wales will always be connected with Male Voice Choirs such as the Morriston Orpheus Choir and Treorchy Male Voice Choir which enjoy world wide fame.

These choirs were frequently made up of workers from one village or one coal mine and so it was quite natural for men to sing when one town played against another, especially if that game was Wales' national sport of rugby. The first time the Welsh National Anthem, 'Yr Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' ('The Old Country of my Fathers', normally translated as 'Land of My Fathers'), was sung at an International sporting event was in 1905

Along side the choirs, brass bands sprang up in villages, working men's clubs, churches and at work especially in South Wales where brass bands are still very popular. In fact, the Cory Band is one of the most successful brass bands in the world.

There were quite a few world famous Welsh singers in the Twentieth Century and some of them are still singing to jam-packed audiences worldwide. Ivor Novello was one of the first who became famous during the First World War as a singer songwriter. Then there was Geraint Evans and Delme Bryn-Jones during the Second World War.

After that, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey began their singing careers in the 1950's but are still singing fifty years later. There were also well-liked bands in the Seventies and Eighties such as Man and Budgie and solo artists such as Shakin' Stevens, nnie Tyler and John Cale (Velvet Underground).

In more recent times, we have seen the Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci; the latter two bands being famous for lots of their songs' lyrics being in Welsh.

There have always been operatic singers as well such as Rebecca Evans, Aled Jones, Bryn Tervel and Charlotte Church. Cardiff holds the 'Singer of the World' competition but the Wales also has its very own Eisteddfod, where Pavarotti sang for years. It was because of Wales tradition as a nation of singers that Paul Robeson sang in Wales in the Fifties

 


What Men Really Want From Women: Secrets Revealed

Being single is the most uncomfortable and insecure feeling a woman has in her life. Finding the right man and getting him to love her is a herculean task she has to face. How to find the right man? If at all the right man is found how to make him love you? What do men really want from women? There is no hard and fast rule as to what will make a man fall towards a woman. As we all know men are from Mars and women are from Venus so there is no actual qualification which might fit a man's mind as far as falling in love with women is concerned.

Do not get disappointed if you are confused about the right attitude and approach you need to take towards a man whom you wish to love you all your life. Be cool and relaxed and things will definitely fall apart to reveal the right man with the right attitude and who will definitely love you at first sight. Lady luck and cupid will have to definitely work for this to happen overtime. Still there are few things that need to be done on your side too.

What do men really want from women? Actually there is no need to move a mountain or fight a wide bull to get what you want. Just maintain who you are and try to be little more cautious and conscious of how you move about in his vicinity.

(1) Honest and Self Confidence

Men can easily identify women who flirt from the original women who are looking for relationships. Many women will act as if they are interested in just one man yet will be looking around for other interesting men too. You need to have some integrity and honesty towards the man you wish to have as your own just as you expect your man to be honest with you too. Try to make sincere efforts to make him love you and have a positive attitude that he will love you at all times. Always openly talk about your likes and dislikes and don't try to fake details just to impress him. Men like women who are open and have a lot of courage and self confidence is the basic thing what men want from women.

(2) Tackle Commitment Talk

Don't talk about commitment right away. Give time for him to think and allow him space to actually think about it for sometime. Take slow and steady steps and never try to rush up in a relationship. First make sure he has the same feelings that you have towards him and then proceed to reveal your idea of a relationship or commitment. It is always good to get all that from the man's mouth than spilling it out yourself.

What men really want from women is to be you, have self confidence and always acts smart and wise and don't rush him for an answer.

 




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