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Best Tips for Choosing the Perfect Car Audio

Well, to enjoy the best music of your choice, it is essential to have a good car audio system that come with state of the art features and yet comes in your budget.

Well, it is worth to spend a bit more money on quality product rather than to buy cheap equipment that leads to numerous glitches. Good car audio equipment will definitely help you in getting quality product for suitable price.

What to choose between cassette player and CD/DVD?

While buying a new car audio system, one should always keep four factors in mind such as sound, source, power and bass. These are the basic check list items that should be kept in mind before investing in the car audio system. Depending upon the choice and budget, one can select between cassette player and CD/DVD car audio system. Presently, CD/DVD car audio systems are more famous than cassette players as the latter provides digital features that a large number of songs in a single CD or DVD in comparison to cassette.

For all those who are looking for high end car audio entertainment, one can go for high quality car audio system that comes with speakers, subwoofers and powerful amplifiers. All these equipment comes with a prior power output and power specifications in order to provide thumping and crystal clear sound. Basically, while choosing the car audio system, one should look for numerous desirable features that add to the utility of your prized car audio system.

What to look for in a car audio?

While going for the perfect car audio system, make sure it comes with large and well-spaced controls that provide hassle free use in a seamless way. The main purpose of having a neat display panel with large buttons and controls is to ensure that the driver is not distracted while searching the appropriate button for audio controls while driving. This makes sure that the driver keeps his/her attention on road. A good system display that offers clock, radio station and other database adds to the utility of the audio system. In case of a CD changer, many car audio systems offer in dash CD changers that can be found with affordable car audio players. Along with this, you can check out separate tweeters as it helps in offering great sounds. The same applies for separate subwoofers as it creates rich base and thumping sound while offering rich music.

Always remember:

So, choose the best car audio for your vehicle and enjoy the music of your choice. Just make sure you stay away from car audio from gray market along with those that come with small controls, faux equipments that make the handling all the more complicated. Always go for the originally manufactured equipments that come with a prior guarantee. So, the next time you plan to invest in a car audio system, go for the best system that offers best quality at affordable price.

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22 Tips to Obtain Better Sound in a High End Audio System

22 Tips to Obtain Better Sound in a High End Audio System

Özhan Atalay

Email: ozhan@atalay.biz   Web: http://www.nonamehifi.com

 

 

Introduction

 

Basically accepted thing in audiophile world is that it almost impossible to achieve the best sound by just combining only the best equipments. Much cheaper but properly selected and tweaked system may sound better than its expensive brothers. This is called system synergy in audiophile world. System synergy is not only about combining the best equipments but it is a kind of long and enjoyable way to maximize their performances.

 

The precautions and principles may be seen absurd and meaningless for someone who does not have solid understanding what the hi-end is.

Within last twenty years, I spent considerable time, money and efforts to achieve best sound (..Or what ever the best is). I wrote a couple of important points from my own perspective. Most of these points may be known by the audiophiles anyway if not implemented. More important, below points consist of my own observations merely. There are so many known different tweaks and techniques. I avoided not including here the points that I did not try and/or the points did not work well with me. I believe below mentioned points will step up someone’s system to a higher level by using the same equipments.

 

I apologize for my level of English. I am appreciated if someone warns me about the main language mistakes anywhere in the web site.

 

The only certain truth I learned after twenty years is that “there is no one absolute truth in Hi-End” Most of the truths in High-End can not be proven by scientific measures. Very sensitive human ear hears a lot, interpret, evaluate and decide. In a listening session of three audiophiles, what is probably going to happen is one of the persons will find the bass insufficient, the other may find it so much and excessive, but the system owner will think it is fine, not less, not more. That phenomenon is called “brain reference”. (See for more details) Brain reference is a kind of prejudice comes out of our own system’s timbre and tonality. This phenomenon sometimes causes conflicts with someone who compares better equipment versus his own equipment and may not like the sound of the other in spite the other was clearly better.

 

Most of the points stipulated below will depend on the capabilities of the system but more important, depend on the experience of audiophile. A poor system will not differentiate the points or less experienced ears may not pick them up either. That’s why some of the points below may not be regarded by everybody. I will be delightful if someone who reads that article picks up one or two points.

 

1- Listening at Night; Critical listening or equipment testing should be done in the night hours. This rule obviously applies to one who lives in a big city. Non noticeable city noise affects our hearing and we are basically not able to hear what our system delivers to us during the day.

Due to city noise is several times lower in the night, all hidden aspects in hi-end appear in the night and the system delivers its full potential. For more information, please check Noise (see for more details)

 

2- Heat and Humidity; Humidity and heat have serious influences on sound. Systems can not generate their best sound, power and dynamics in a warm and damp weather. I am not sure why this happens but it happens. There may be two reasons: The damp air is heavier in such circumstances, thus the loudspeakers are not able to pull enough air into the room. Or the loudspeaker materials may soften and behave differently in warm weather. To cool the listening environment prior to listening session eliminates that effect.

 

3- Darkness; Music should be listened in dark room. Particularly, the loudspeakers and the system should be kept in dark and the original recording venue should be imagined while listening.

The main objective of a good quality hi-end system is to depart from the hardware and to go into the recording environment. Listening music while watching the hardware will physiologically demolish the virtual environment that we intent to be in. The most inconvenient part of a hi-end system is inexistence of visual imaging. The reality sense is so different when participating to a live concert or listening/watching from a DVD player via a surround system.

If the listening environment is not dark, the speakers will be perceived as the sources of the original sound.

 

4- Finding the Correct Listening Distance; the sound is spread in waves called frequency. The volume of every frequency will be different in connection with the distance from the speakers. In terms of the volume, frequencies will be up and down when the distance is changed. Especially higher mids and treble sections will vary between 20-5 centimetres. Such frequency peaks can be easily recognized by listening.

a – Listen a test CD which contains different test frequencies. For instance start with mono 1000 Hz at the listening chair. Then stand up and walk very slowly through your system. (Preferably with your closed eyes). You will immediately realize that the signal will have ups and downs in volume while you are moving as if somebody was turning on and off the volume control.

b – The main frequency of the music and the one which is closest to human sound is 1000 Hz. 1000 Hz is your starting point. 1000 Hz will be at its peaks so many times in connection with the distance of your listening chair. Find the closest distance to your current listening chair that the 1000 Hz is at peak. The ups and downs in that band should be changed around 50-70 centimetres. This is the best location to hear the middle frequencies but it is not the best location yet to achieve the best frequency spectrum. It is just the starting point.

c – Stick a rope to back wall that may come through your shoulders. Now close your eyes and listen different frequencies such as 300-500-1000-2000-5000-10.000 Hz etc, move top of your body (while sitting) forward and backwards. Mark the peak points of every frequency you listened on the rope. Our aim is to find a particular point that most of the frequencies are at their peaks. If you are not successful and these points are not closer each other, move your speakers 10 cm’s to front (or your listening chair to 10 cm front or rear) and repeat the same exercises till you find a certain point that most of the frequencies are at their peaks.

It is not an easy task, time consuming but free of charge. Once you have the point, you will be very surprised with the improvement of the sound of your existing system.

 

5- Room Acoustics; Room Acoustics is the most known but the least considered part of Hi-End. A conventional speaker may throw % 40 of the sound directly to listener; rest of the sound comes through the walls by reflections. Reflection means the timing difference of the original signal, hence an additional acoustic which does not exist in the original record. Within such a complexity of reflections, a part of the original signal will come late due to the front wall or ceiling or etc, a part of the original signal produced by the left speaker will come as if coming from the right speaker and vice versa. Such a complex listening environment will demolish the stereo imaging and channel separation.

Some audiophiles are happy with this case due to speakers are seem to be better disappeared and soundstage is wider and deeper. Some producers add additional mid/treble units to the back side of the speakers (dipoles) to emphasize such effects.

One thing should be considered that such reflections do not exist at the original sound. If something is produced by the system/room in addition to the original sound should be named coloration.

If the aim of a good hi-end system is to reproduce the original sound, such reflections should be avoided as much as possible. Especially ribbon and electrostatic speakers will suffer a lot from such reflections.

Carpet on the floor is a must to lower the reflections (standing waves) between the floor and the ceiling. Thicker curtains will help to lower the reflections of the windows. Glass covered photos and such stiff furniture should be avoided.

This article is not intended to give recommendations how to make a room tuning, lots but lots of information may be found on internet. But it is just to emphasize the importance of room acoustics.

 

6- Precise Focus and Loudspeaker Placement; this is also another known but the least considered part of Hi-End. It is critically important to locate both speakers at the exactly same distance to achieve precise focus. Distances should be very carefully measured and both of the speakers should be placed exactly to the same distance through listener.

 

OK but why such important!

 

Sound signals are distributed in waves as explained in section five. The people who tried the settings in section five will realize that, the peaks of frequencies vary in conjunction with the distance from the speakers. Especially the treble frequencies will vary a lot by only one centimetres of a change. In such cases, if one speaker is just one cm closer to the listener, some frequencies will be heard a lot from one speaker but will not be heard from the other speaker. If the upper harmonics of the human sound consist of such upper frequencies, (it is!) this is obvious that the sound will move from the middle to left or to right. Moreover, within that case, some frequencies will be collided in full phase and will be exaggerated, some others will be collided by inverted phase so are destroyed.

 

This is the exactly the same effect of loosing bass when connecting one speaker out of phase.

 

7- Mechanical Vibration of Electronic Units; Quite a lot of vibration absorption feet and platform kinds exist in the market. They are to be placed under the electronics/speakers. Such materials have two intentions;

 

a- To eliminate the external vibration coming through the unit

b- To eliminate the vibration of the unit itself (CD driver motor, speaker cone vibrations etc)

 

Most popular ones are the cones (spikes). I believe the proper usage of spikes is not known very well. Rather than being a vibration absorber, spike is a kind of transmission material that transmits vibration from one point through the other point. In other means, vibration is condensed to one point and mechanically carried to other platform by the spike but not eliminated. If the connection surface is stiff (for instance marble, granite, etc) such vibrations are passed to that surface. Underneath of such a stiff platforms (marble, MDF, glass, granite) must be covered by an elastically material such as cork, mouse pad, neoprene rubber or similar.

 

The vibration can not pass from a stiff platform to an elastically platform and will be transposed to heat between.

 

Direction of the cone is also critically important. The direction should be in conjunction with the intention of vibration transmission.

 

May be the last thing about the cone is the cone should be in touch with the chassis of the component directly. If any kind of rubber, double sided band, blue tack or such an elastic material is put between cone and the unit that material will try to transpose the vibration and the cone will not work.

 

8- Marble Under the Loudspeakers: A marble platform under the speakers eliminate most of the unwanted resonances of the speaker. The thickness of the marble should be at least 3 cm and the size should be at least 10 centimetres bigger then the edges. Underneath of the marble has to be covered by an elastic material such as cork, mouse pad, neoprene etc.

 

How does it effect the sound is, you have more powerful but more clear and tight bass, relaxation at the mid and top frequencies.

 

The speaker has to be connected to the platform via a cone, not by an elastically feet. The sharp end of the cone has to direct the marble but not to the loudspeaker.

 

9- Grounding the Metals for Static Electricity; especially in wet weather and in fully carpeted listening environments, static electric become an issue. The carpet is charged with static electric which can be passed through the electronic equipments via the rack and/or via human touch. Static electricity on the carpet is such powerful that when checked in the morning before somebody walks on it, can be clearly seen by simple tools sold in Radio Shack

 

In order to eliminate the effect, the loudspeaker stands and the equipment racks should be connected to earth by a thin wire. Moreover, the loudspeaker cables and interconnects should be lifted away from the floor due to the same effect.

 

What benefits you may expect from this tweak is I don’t know why but less blurry and more tide lower bass.

 

10- Loudspeaker Distance from the Front Wall; Loudspeaker producers generally recommend the distance of the speaker by the front wall (the wall behind the speakers). Generally speaking, the speaker should be located as far as possible from the front wall. (Side walls as well) If they are so close to the wall, bass standing waves will be reinforced (explained in article five) and mid/treble band will be compressed due to excessive bass energy.

 

Some audiophiles find the desired bass volume by placing them closer to front wall which is not correct. One thing should be considered that such bass increase is not due to the original sound but it is the consequence by the room response called coloration.

 

11- Auto former / Transformer Passive Line Stages; The new developed technologies in hi-end industry made the pre-amplifiers questionable.

 

Before end, the reason of a preamplifier was stipulated in four basics;

a- To connect more then one unit together

b- Recording to tape from some sources

c- Low volume output and inverted polarity signal of turntables (as the only source component)

d- Bass, treble adjustment requirements

 

Nowadays, CD, SACD units can provide 5-8 Volts of outputs which are more than enough for the power amplifiers. Audiophiles are not interested in tone adjustments but focused on simplicity anymore. Dedicated phono stages are in common usage, hence, the majority of the requirements are not valid anymore.

 

The main and the only basic job of a modern pre-amplifier is to lower the volume level, not step it up !!

Just try to imagine a pure signal from a CD, or DAC through the power amplifier, then cut this link, add four plugs, four female plugs, a pair of interconnects, lots of resistors, capacitors, tubes, transistors and all that stuff in the link. How can you keep the signal purity and can you make something better then its original !

 

An active line stage demolishes the neutrality and the purity of the original sound. Such a corruption may not be so evident in most of the lower resolution systems or disregarded by some people on purposely. Every active line stage has its own tonality and coloration. As a matter of fact, audiophiles generally use line stages to balance their tonality problems in systems. For instance, a tube line stage is used to calm down a firm sounding solid state power amplifier or a treble rich line stage is used to compensate the treble poor power amplifier and vice versa. If this is the case in a system, fully natural line stage and lack of coloration will not be regarded by the audiophile.

 

Following me, the consideration should be to change the power amplifier till finding the desired sound rather then playing with pre-amplifier. In other words, to deal with the original problem rather then trying to mask the problem.

 

It is almost in consensus that using a very simple volume pot adds so much neutrality and purity to sound. But in such cases, some other problems appear. A volume pot which is either a potentiometer or a stepped alternator works with the resistance principals. Every volume step adds different resistive path to signal, thus lowers the volume. Due to the complexity of the music signal ( 20 Hz-20 kHz), such a resistive load will act like a barrier for different frequencies. For instance when turning down the volume level, the treble is lowered and the bass is condensed or when you increase the volume, mids are excessive or vice versa. Not to forget to mention is the lack of dynamic range as well. A line stage eliminates these problems.

Due to these facts, volume control pots or analogue volume controlled CDs can not be used stand alone as line stages

 

By the new technology, new auto former and transformer passive line stages are developed for volume control.

Such units do not work with resistance principals and do not add resistance to the signal path. The only resistance of such amps is approximately 200 Ohms due to the cable in windings.

 

Transformer passive line stages consist of two transformers, one for the left channel, and one for the right. They have one primary winding and multiple (12-24 steps) of secondary windings. Their principal is to lover the volume by changing the volts, rather then adding resistance. Up to my knowledge, there are only three producers of such line stages. I used two of them. Both of them are providing extra ordinary natural, calm and undistorted sounds.

 

I heavily modified the Antique Sound Lab myself which is very good product and quite cheap too, (don’t underestimate its price) but Audio Consulting’s Silver Rock made of pure silver is something else.

 

It should be also mentioned that such a passive line stages can not be suitable for every system. In such a case, input impedance of power amp should be driven directly by the output stage of DAC or CD player. Input impedance of the power amp should be as small as possible. The best way to learn this case is to write the impedance values to producer and request assistance prior to purchasing.

 

12- Good Tubes (NOS Tubes); is it logical to pay 100? to and old tube while the new one costs 10 ? I believe it is. A good tube can change the characteristics of a tube electronic as if you replaced the entire unit. Nos tubes are not easy to find, quite expensive but worthwhile to use. Especially the upper frequency hiss is quite lower with Nos tubes.

 

13- Very Easy Polarity Finding Method; Generally speaking, European (German) standard AC plugs do not have the signal direction. US, UK, Swiss AC plugs have one way to connect to AC, so + and – phases can not. So in such cases, it is not easy to find out the correct polarity.

 

Electronic components can work properly regardless of the polarity. Our televisions, refrigerators, bulbs, computers everything. Why the AC polarity is quite important in Hi-Fi !

 

Electricity arrives from (+) passes the electronic circuit and departs from (-) Generally the mains current arrives in the power supply of the unit first then reduced to desired voltage by of the electronic circuits. At this case, mains is automatically filtered by the power supply section. The transformer of the power supply section behaves like isolation transformer, input and output currents are physically separated. If the polarity is not correct, the mains will arrive to system directly from the back door and will carry all the pollution like RFI/EMI into the unit. Due to the fact, it is important to find out the correct polarity.

 

Most of the electronic’ polarity is similar. If the unit has detachable power cord and IEC kind of input, the right hole should be the (+) mains when do you look at the plug front the front face (as seen below)

 

Another simple method is to check the mains fuses. If the unit is equipped with an exterior protection fuse, release the fuse and check it by an electricity check pen while the unit was connected to mains. It should be (+) signal. If not, reverse the AC plug from the wall

 

14- Listening Volume Level; It is for sure nobody’s business to tell you that what the correct listening volume setting is. Some audiophiles like very low listening level, some turn on the volume till the windows are broken.

 

If the outcome is to achieve the ambiance of the recorded venue, volume level should be adjusted accordingly but not more or not less. This case is applicable to acoustic instruments only but not to electronic music, jazz or disco etc.

 

What ever the listened record is, correct volume setting should be the one which does not enlarge or shrink the original instrument. Higher volumes may For instance a guitar should be played with the original volume of a guitar by correct volume setting. If volume level is increased, the body of the guitar will became bigger in obsolete terms, on the other hands, full body of a Mormon chorus will not be so realistic at low volumes

 

15- Warming Up the Speakers and Cables Before Critical Listening; Apart from the theory that “Solid state electronics provide their best sound for a few minutes till the transistors became warm.” every single audio equipment needs a warm up time. This time is at least 1/2 hour or even 1 hour in spite the manufacturers recommend less. Up to my knowledge, the reason behind this is the specifications of the resistors, capacitors, tubes and other stuff vary if they are cold or warm. Manufacturers make final settings when the units are warm, otherwise they would play perfect for the first half an hour and worse after warmed up.

 

That principal is applied by every audiophile for the electronics but not always for the speakers and the cables.

Speakers are quite important since their passive components should be warmed up such as crossover resistors. Their voice coils should be warmed up as well. The cables are also important. Warm up term may not eligible for the cables but the cables should be run for sometime till their dielectrics are charged.

 

As a result, the warming up time should be completed by playing (may not be listening) the entire system.

 

16- Proper Loudspeaker Selection for Listening Room; Loudspeaker should be selected in conjunction with the listening room dimensions. Unfortunately the general tendency in audiophiles particularly in US is “the bigger is better”

 

It is like some new starting skiers that choose the best ski equipments prior to learning and facing with so many problems afterwards.

Big loudspeakers are difficult to position, difficult to drive, affected more from the room boundaries. If the speaker is bigger for the room, excessive bass energy will diminish rest of the sounds. The bigger speaker means bigger problems. Driving big speakers requires challenge, experience, sources, time and money.

 

17- PS Audio Power Plant; Principally I avoid giving specific brands in my non commercial web site. But PS Audio Power Plant is such a special product that similar components do not comparable with. It is a kind of power regenerator powered by electricity. P300 actually regenerates new AC for the audio gear. This regenerated AC is of much better quality than filtered AC because of the stabile voltage and near perfect AC waveform. It also removes 70 dB of EMI and RFI noise from the AC line!

 

Not all friends are agreed with me but according to me, it is very special equipment that lifts up the entire system to a higher level.

What would you expect from it is much relaxed sound, more layered deep and wide soundstage, crystalline treble and more inner details. Improvements are immediately apparent. Take care to use with power hungry amplifiers. (I am not sure about this currently Note: 2005)

 

18- CD Surface Treatments; There is several kinds of CD surface treatments in the market. They shine the surface of CD, thus laser picks up more information. What can be expected from a surface treatment is the high frequencies are cleaner and more extended. The easiest and the cheapest method of CD surface treatment is the one that used by pipe lovers .That is the human oil on the skin of face.

 

I apologize for that ugly tweak but our systems are personal and private anyway don’t they. Human oil has the perfect thin viscosity and can be absorbed by CD surface very easily and effectively. Listen your CD first, smear the CD throughout your forehead and spread the oil with your finger and listen it again.

 

Don’t forget to spread the oil by your finger every time prior to listen that CD.

 

19- Objective of the Third Dimension ; The objective of a stereo system is to achieve 3.rd dimension via two channels. All the hi-end or hi-fi equipments have own character, timbre and tonality. For instance a titanium tweeter will have different tonality then a silk dome tweeter. Two different brands of loudspeakers will have different tonalities as if they use the same drive units. The tonality of high end equipment mostly depends on the listening preferences of the designer. We will most probably not like if hear different tonalities from our own equipments even though the other system sounds much better. This case is so often faced; most of the audiophiles don’t like the sound of somebody else’s system despite it is a better system. This case is also evident when buying or testing new equipment at homes. We sometimes test better equipment at home but feel something is still missing compared to our own equipment.

 

I remember very well, when Sony introduced the first 20 Bits CD player, most of the people found the sound harsh, edgy and coloured. People used to listen dark sounding CD players up to that time and hearing more inner details disturbed them.

 

I also remember very well that when I modified my old B&W 801 Matrix II monitor speakers and cancelled their protection units, the new sound had disturbed me a lot. I was such unhappy by the new sound and could not have listened at my system for several days. At that time, the manufacturer expressed that “the protection units were needed due to the speakers were designed mainly for recording studios”. They also told to me that the new sound must be clearly better due to the crossover resistance that affects especially the lower mid and upper bass was lowered fairly. After several days of listening them, the sound became better and better. Eventually the sound was surprisingly perfect after few weeks. Actually the sound was the same but perception was changing. (My brain reference was changing)

 

If this is the often case, how do we distinguish the better unit by listening! There are several ways of it but for me the main method is third dimension capability. This is not the only case for sure but generally speaking, if two units are compared, the better one is the one delivers bigger soundstage, more dept and more height.

 

This is also the theory of Peter Quodrup from Audio Note UK and I am hundred percent agreed with him.

The distortion of an electronic device is does not effect the tonality of the equipment but mainly effects the inner details. Soundstage dept and height are such hidden factors in inner details that they will be affected first. If the unit provide lower distortion, more precise soundstage, especially more dept will be provided.

 

20- The Least Powerful Ring of a Chain; Hi-Fi is a kind of chain. Strength of a chain depends on the least powerful ring. Assume a water hose consists of variety of wideness. Derived water capacity will be in accordance with the thinner part.

 

A system should consist of similar level of equipments. If you add the best CD transport to a standard level of system, there will be some changes but not as expected. Also a poor digital cable will compress the entire sound quality of a very good system.

 

A long term plan should be prepared before setting up a system and the pieces should be purchased in time. Hurried purchases may come as replacement expense within one or two years.

 

 

21- Don’t Immediately Judge a Unit, Give a Chance; Every system can sound well in time. System synergy is a kind of time dependent factor that sometimes takes months, even years. Sometimes we make quick decisions and quick prejudices for good products and immediately make unfair observations. According to me, the main element of the hi-end chain is the loudspeaker. If tonality and characteristics of the speaker is generally fine, or if the overall tonality of the entire system is generally fine, the system can be carried up for several further steps by playing with cables, tweaks, locations, tubes etc.

 

22- Critical Adjustments Should be Done by Listening Symphonic Music or Chorus Music; Once we decided about the main components of our system, we play with cables, tubes, tweaks and other accessories till finding the desired tonality. Adjusting the tonal balance of a system by listening single instruments or jazz trios may mislead us.

 

Upper mid and the treble bands of a sound is easily disappeared if somebody is far away from the original signal. This is the case, if we listen at a live concert or listen at a hi-end system. If this is the case, such instruments like saxophone, guitar, violin, even a human voice are darker and distant if we listen at a very good live record. Whenever we increase mid/treble band of the system by tweaks, such instruments became more open, detailed and dynamic. But one thing should be in mind that we may add a subtle amount of coloration to sound unconsciously. If a system is trimmed by listening small trios or single instruments, singe voices, this risk is really big. Such a system may not play a classical music performed by a big orchestra. If such symphonic music is listened, the system may reveal harshness and brightness.

 

It is often said that somebody’s system plays well in classics but sounds quite dark in jazz, or somebody else’s system is quite revealing in jazz but very bright and glazing at classical music. I believe this is the main reason of those phenomena

 

END

 

 

Hi-End is such a passion that so many opportunist firms and persons are added every year in spite hi-end community is not growing enough. Prices are multiplied by 3, 5, 10s every year. Every producer pretends to be one of the best in the world or at least within particular price level. Manufacturers issue review reports prepared by some ones!

 

No testing equipments in today’s technology can prove that their claims are correct or no testing equipments can invalidate that their claims are wrong. In no way equipment can compare two units each other and prove that one is better sounding then the other. Pretended best in the world equipments/cables often suck in blind testing. If this is the case, it is easy to claim to be the best in the world due to nobody can prove the opposite.

 

The price of valuable equipment can fall down to 1/3 of the purchasing price within few years by the additions of MK-II’s, MK-III’s, Special Editions, and Signature Versions

 

While the best speaker in the world was sold by 7.000 ? Twenty years ago, the best speaker nowadays is more then 200.000? A poor line stage which is used to lower the volume is sold out by 40.000.?

 

Hi-End technology does not grow up for years. Most of the hi-end producers are very small family entrepreneurs that targeting very rich few niche people. They don’t have proper research and development laboratories. Design and esthetical properties are the priorities.

 

I have the strong impression that Hi-End is digging its own grave with that pricing policy. We will see what will happen to hi-end after 30 years.

It is a deep less hole. My humble recommendations for the just starters is that go with second hand market products and go by reasonable priced equipments to minimize the losses of years. Never look for the perfect sound which is not exist in any money. Keep in mind that a 300.000? Worth amplifier may be % 2-3 better then a 5.000? Worth of his small brother.

 

Best regards with lots of music..

 

Ozhan Atalay


 

Ozhan Atalay


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January 2004 – Issued in December 2003, February 2004, April 2004 issues of Andante – Classical Music Magazine


January 2004


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Viral Marketing Tips: How to Create a Great Viral Video

It’s one of the biggest accomplishments you can do with video: Getting people to think that your video is so great that they want to share it with the world! So, what are some of the great examples that we can look to? Well, the first one that I think of right off of the top of my head is the video on YouTube called “Numa Numa.” Now, I have no idea what Numa means, but it was one of the few emails that someone sent me with a video that I actually saw and enjoyed. It has surpassed the 13 million views mark and I think that this video is hilarious, plus for some reason I really like the song.

Another great viral video that comes to mind is the video “Hahaha.” That is the one with the baby sitting in his highchair that is laughing hysterically while his father makes a high pitched “boing” sound. At the time that I am writing this article, it has about 70 million views on YouTube.

Now, those two videos are great examples, but if you are an internet marketer reading this article, then what you really want to know is how to create a great viral video that isn’t just about babies or grown men acting funny. What you want is your expertise to be shared with everyone else. Well, lucky for you, I do have a couple of viral marketing examples that have accomplished this feat. These are examples of great viral content from people who weren’t necessarily doing something funny.

One of my personal favorites is the StomperNet Going Natural 2 video. Now, this video hasn’t exactly been put on a bunch of social networking sites, and that is due to the fact that it is about 1 hour long. BUT! This video still is a great example of a great viral video. This is because this video reveals a whole lot of information that many people would normally charge you hundreds of dollars for. It was like the eBook “Million Dollar Emails,” but in video form. If you aren’t familiar with this eBook, then just so you know, this was an eBook compiled by Yanik Silver that is one of the greatest examples of a successful viral eBook.

Now, both of these resources, the StomperNet video and Yanik’s eBook are both free in most cases (sorry if you paid for Yanik’s book by the way, many people share it for free). Both of these resources are so great that I still refer to them at times. I have opened my copy of Yanik’s eBook and have read from it various times over the past year. Also, I have watched the StomperNet video at least a few times.

So, now it’s time to answer the question on how to make a great viral video. First of all, you already know that if tons of people think that your video is funny, then your video might already go viral. The bad thing is a funny video isn’t going to make you any money. A funny video can make you a little famous, but it isn’t going to pay the bills. Your only hope with funny videos is to try and create tons of them with the hopes of becoming a famous comedian or something.

So, what is the way to make a viral video that will also generate some income? If you are going to make a great viral video that isn’t funny, then it has to be great and preferably new information that you are going to share with everyone. It needs to be stuff that you would normally see people sell, but for your own reasons, today you are giving it away for free. It needs to be like the StomperNet video or Yanik’s book. And if people really think that the info you are giving away for free is worth a good amount of money, then they will gladly share it with everyone else providing you with the viral marketing you were looking for.

Daniel Pereira is an expert at driving free traffic to your website. For 2 free eBooks, free weekly conference calls, and a free mini course, just head on over to http://www.TheFreeTrafficFormula.com . You can also visit “The Free Traffic Blog” at http://www.TheFreeTrafficFormula.com/blog for more free information.

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Surround Sound System Tips

The following article presents the very latest information on surround sound systems. If you have a particular interest in surround sound system, then this informative article is required reading.


If you are in the market for a brand new surround sound system I’m pretty sure you’ve been a little baffled by all the options, bells, whistles, gadgets, gizmos, and price tags on the market today. Trust me, you are not alone. One of the most baffling things to many potential surround sound system consumers is where on earth should you put all the speakers. I intend to answer that question and a few more over the course of the next few paragraphs and hope that you will read along.


The first thing you need to understand is that there are several different types of surround sound systems. The industry standard and most common is the 5.1 channel surround sound system. This set up calls for the use of five speakers plus one subwoofer in addition to the receiver. The five speakers are the front speakers which include a left, right, and center speaker and the left and right surround speakers that are located to the left and right from the rear. You should also have a subwoofer located behind you in order to create the bass notes of sound. The next two types of surround sound systems include the 6.1 channel and 7.1 channel system. The primary differences in these are the addition of one additional speaker for each.


You will be glad to know that most receivers will accommodate the 8 total speakers of a 7.1 channel surround sound system but you may want to check in order to be certain you can upgrade if you chose to buy a 5.1 channel system for the time being. The addition of speakers when you upgrade change the layout of the speakers in your home. The more speakers you have, the greater sound you will enjoy, however, the better the quality of your speakers, the better quality your sound will have. In other words don’t go with lower quality speakers in the beginning in order to have more speakers, as you will be shooting the quality of sound you can experience in the foot. It is better to buy fewer speakers in the beginning and add to your system over time in order to receive better quality.


I trust that what you’ve read so far has been informative. The following section should go a long way toward clearing up any uncertainty that may remain.


When it comes to the placement of the additional speakers if you upgrade to a 6.1 channel surround sound system you will move the speakers currently in the left and right rear to the left and right side and place the new speaker in the center back. If you then upgrade to the 7.1 channel surround sound system you will move the speaker that is in the center to the rear left and place the new speaker to the rear right. This allows you to be literally surrounded by the sound in order to maximize your listening experience.


Of course this is only a recommendation and it is entirely up to you what will work best within your home and according to your tastes and wants in a surround sound system. Not everyone hears music or sound the same and the experience for each will vary greatly from one person to the next. For this reasons it is also a good idea to be sure you have listened to the system in a store before deciding on one and bringing it home. This is a wise decision regardless. I also recommend taking more than one CD or DVD for the listening process in order to make sure the quality is consistent through different mediums.


While the setup of your system is very important to the sound experience it is quite difficult provided you follow the directions (you didn’t forget to read those did you?). Whether this is your first home theater or surround sound system or one of many upgrades you’ve made along the way I’m sure you will agree that the sound is far superior to the two speaker systems of days not that long ago.


Hopefully the sections above have contributed to your understanding of surround sound systems. Share your new understanding about surround sound system with others. They’ll thank you for it.

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4 Online Video Tips To Dominate Google Search Results

Online video is a great way to get on the first page of Google.  Follow these 4 online video tips to dramatically increase the odds of your online video getting a top ranking resulting in lots and lots of free traffic to your website.

Online Video Tip #1 – Submit your video to YouTube

If you can only pick one online site, upload your video to YouTube. It has the largest market share by far. TubeMogul statistics show that on average, a YouTube video will get 4 times as many views than a video on it’s nearest competitor. Ideally, you should use a service such as TubeMogul that submits your video to multiple online video sites.

Online Video Tip #2 – Create short, content-rich videos

According to a TubeMogul study, most online video viewers do not watch for longer than 1 minute. Approximately 10% of your viewers cut out after 10 seconds, 34% after 30 seconds, 54% after 1 minute, a whopping 76% after 2 minutes, and 91% after 5 mins.

You want to create short, content-rich videos. A higher percentage of your viewers will stay until the end and short videos get watched more frequently. Aim for videos 90 seconds in length and focus on a single topic.

Online Video Tip #3 – Name your video correctly

This is a critical step, and one that most people don’t do. Name your video based on the search you expect people to type in when looking for the information in your video. If your video is about losing weight quickly and you expect people to search for “quick weight loss”, name your video “Quick Weight Loss Secrets”.

Online Video Tip #4 – Send your viewers to your website

You can generate tons of traffic to your website using online videos. Make sure to mention your website in your video. You can include a screenshot at the beginning and end of your video telling your viewers to visit your website. The best way is to put your website name in your “About This Video” section. Viewers will then have a live link they can click on to go to your site so it is very easy for them.

And now I would like to invite you to claim your Free Access to “15 Ways To Grow Your Business Online”. Just click here to send me a blank email and you’ll start receiving valuable information that can help you get more traffic to your website or blog and make more money from your visitors.

Karen Sielski is a passionate online wealth builder, using her 20+ years in the high-tech industry to help small businesses, entrepreneurs, and online network marketers successfully grow their businesses online.

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Tips For Personalizing Your Car Audio System

If you’re like many people with their own car, you no doubt like to personalize certain aspects of it’s interior or exterior from time to time. From after-market alloy wheels to designer seat covers, personalization is something that most car owners do at some point to stamp their personality on their car and make it their own.

One of the most popular ways to tailor your cars specification to your driving and personal style is to add or customize the in-car audio system. Whether it is a new car or one bought second hand, many people make the decision to personalize the audio components in their car to reflect their personal tastes and enhance the quality of the music experience where possible. From simply adding a CD player to completely upgrading the sound system to a DVD audio visual entertainment package, there are a variety of options for most tastes and budgets.

Whilst there are numerous retail stores both on and off line that sell vast ranges of car audio equipment, to get the best value for your money, you may want to consider purchasing wholesale car audio equipment. Many people may believe that buying car audio products wholesale requires buying in quantity, but this is not always true. Through car audio wholesale companies you are able to purchase different car audio components to allow your car audio system perform at its maximum potential.

Unless you have purchased defective parts or just simply ordered the wrong parts for your audio system model, you shouldn’t have any problems. To prevent this, ensure you have the precise specifications of your existing audio system together with exact details of any add-on components you wish to fit. Following this one very simple step will ensure that you receive the components that are right and compatible for your car audio system first time.

When looking to purchase car audio equipment from wholesale suppliers, a few things you may want to check on is the warranties or guarantees that are available as well as the exchange policy. This information can save you wasted time and money if you purchase defective parts or ones that are not compatible with your car or model of audio system.

Once you have received your car audio components all you need to do is have them installed correctly into your audio system. If you have the technical expertise to fit audio components you will save money and be sure of a good job but, first ensure that you are not invalidating any warranties by customizing the system yourself. Some manufacturers require that systems are fitted professionally to maintain the standard warranties. So to get the maximum potential from your customized system it is essential that they are installed correctly.

After the components are installed check out the performance of your newly personalized audio system, if results are satisfactory, you can add the car audio wholesale dealer to your list of reliable car audio dealers for any future improvements you might make.

Visit http://www.comparecaraudio.com for the latest information on car audio systems with product news and reviews to help you find the perfect sound for your ride.

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Top 7 Tips To Profiting With Website Audio

The use of audio on the internet is a big trend, one that is here to stay. In the vast majority of cases the use of audio messages has proven to increase sales substantially.


It does not mean that you can just quickly record any old audio message and throw it up on your site and expect your sales to magically double overnight.


But by having a well prepared audio message you are very likely to increase your sales.


I have published my top 7 tips for profitable website audio as a guide to help you create effective audio messages.


1) Have A Purpose For Your Audio:


Always have a specific purpose for every audio message you put on your website. Ask yourself what you want the listener to do as a result of listening to your audio message.


Is it to click on a certain link or sign up for a free course or newsletter?


2) Note How Your Listener Will Benefit:


Now you know what action you want your listeners to take you must give them good reason why they should take that action.


For example saying something like “Please read my article” is not going to motivate anyone to actually read your article.


You must tell them exactly how they will benefit by reading your article.


3) Prepare What To Say:


Prepare what you want to say in your audio before recording. Note an outline or the main points on some paper.


Remember to include the benefits to your listener as discussed in the previous tip.


You can refer to this outline when you actually come to record your audio message.


This is a good way to avoid any memory blanks and will help you to keep a nice natural flow.


4) Get To The Point:


You should get to the point quickly in your audio messages. If you needlessly ramble on you will mentally lose your listener and they are far less likely to take the action you want them to take.


5) Sound Enthusiastic:


Even if you give exciting/useful content in your audio message you can still sound boring. Let your natural enthusiasm for your product or service shine through in your audio messages.


6) Keep Your Audio Short:


This tip is closely related to the previous one about getting to the point quickly. For the same reasons, in general you do not want a lengthy audio message.


7) Record The Best Quality Audio You Can:


You can record the most motivating message ever with real enthusiasm, but if your audio is of poor quality, it will turn people off and make you come across as unprofessional.


To record good quality audio you must use the best quality microphone that you can.


I hope you have found these tips valuable in helping you with your website audio.


By putting in a little thought and effort you really can create audio messages that will sell more of your product or service.


Copyright 2006 David Gale.

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3 Easy Tips For Downloading Youtube Videos

Who does not love the new trent, video sharing sites online?

Since a few years these type of web 2.0 community sites are popping up massively and allow you to view videos online submitted and uploaded by other members.

The most popular one is probably the youtube videos site, where millions of videos are served on a daily bases.

At youtube, you cannot only search and view online videos, but you can signup as a member as well and start uploading and sharing your own videos. And there are a lot more features that you can use when you become a member.

However, there is one big disadvantage; downloading youtube videos through youtube itself is not possible!

You might ask yourself, why would anyone be downloading youtube videos?

One reason can be, that You want to save it to your computer, to view or show the youtube video offline.

Or your internet line could be slow, so you would not be able to view the video without pausing. Downloading youtube videos could be a great solution.

Another reason may be that you want to copy the video as ipod download, so you can take the youtube video with you.

Just to name a few reasons here, why people want and are already downloading youtube videos.

Already downloading youtube videos?! Yes, because it is possible. But how would you be able to start downloading youtube videos?

Youtube probably chooses not to offer downloading of youtube videos, because youtube supplies the service for free and must make income out of ad serving which they serve through the youtube video pages.

That is why youtube needs you to come back each time to their site, so they can serve more ads and hopefully you will click so now and then on an ad, which will generate for youtube profit.

But because so many people -members- are looking for a solution for downloading youtube videos, it did not take long or there came solutions that enables anyone who wishes to download youtube videos.

With these so called, downloading youtube videos services, you can very quickly, easy & simple download youtube videos directly to your computer.

Tip #1 for downloading youtube videos: Use these services to download youtube videos (look below where)

You just search for the youtube video you want to download to your computer. Then you copy the link location of the youtube video and paste it in the field of the service ‘downloading youtube videos’ and hit submit. A download button will appear and once you click that you can start downloading the youtube video of your choice.

One tiny note: there is a little issue with almost all of these services; you will have to save, before downloading the youtube video. under a name where you have to add an extension (.flv – read: dot flv) after the name.
Recommended service for downloading youtube videos

Tip #2 for downloading youtube videos: Watch the how to video on this site, so you see how downloading youtube videos gets done

This way it should be possible for anyone, new to the internet or youtube and experienced users, to start downloading youtube videos right away. You just watch the 2 minutes how to video and you should be able to download your first youtube video within 20 minutes.

And last but not least, if you do not like to surf each time to the downloadingyoutubevideos.com service, then they offer as well their desktop software which you can download for free.

Tip #3 for downloading youtube videos: Download the software from the ‘downloading youtube videos’ site, so you can download youtube videos straight from your desktop (this way you do not have to surf to their site each time you want to download a youtube video)

Once you have downloaded & installed the software, you can activate the it by double clicking the icon on your desktop and you are on your way downloading youtube videos you want.

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Four Tips to Get Your Online Marketing Video Noticed

Once, online video was a novelty. Today, there is a titanic flood of online video, a testament to its immense popularity. What enabled this flood was the widespread availability of high-speed, broadband internet access. Ground Zero for this explosion in online video is YouTube, which was launched in 2005 and purchased by internet search giant Google in 2006

So serious is online video’s impact that Google offers top ten rankings to those videos that have received enough user votes – no matter where the videos come from, or what they contain. Today’s marketing budgets need to be aware that a top ten ranking in Google on certain competitive search keywords can easily run the cost in money and time to the six figures and beyond.

If you haven’t engaged in online video production for your business, consider that at the absolute least, submitting a small number of videos to the various video sharing sites such as YouTube will increase your website’s traffic because you can advertise that site’s URL in the videos and video page. Make sure you use the complete format for your link and viewers of your videos can be at your website in less than a second after seeing your videos.

What are some ways to get those viewers and raise your profile above the video flood?  Here are four tips:

 1) Share your video as a response.
Browsing YouTube will bring you in ‘content contact’ with videos that have high viewership. Look for other videos that connect in some way to your video. You can be creative with the association, but there should be a plain connection. Post the URL of your video as a Video Response to the high-traffic video in order to “coat-tail” some of the popular video’s traffic and bring it to your own video.

 2) Choose specific keywords.
Use Google’s Keyword Tool and feed it the URL of a competing video page, your own product page or any other relevant web property you either own or know of. The tool will suggest keywords that you should use in your own video’s title and in your description copy.

 3) Watch competing videos.
Depending on whether an MBA is saying it, this activity might be called “benchmarking” or “best practice research”. Watch popular videos on various video sharing sites. Examine their content, their description, and their titles. Think about your next video production and imagine ways to mirror what their popular video does. Then implement those ideas, and you will increase your chances of obtaining similarly high traffic.

 4) Find new video sharing sites and get in on their ground floor.
Google owns YouTube, but indexes the entire web.  Feed the video page with sufficient information and an appropriate title and you can expect a search engine presence on the keywords you pick – assuming those keywords aren’t too competitive.

 So whether you plan to market your video on DVD, CD, though the many video sharing sites or on the home page of your website, your video needs to look good. Good doesn’t necessarily mean slick. It means that it has to be appropriate to your industry and the audience that you are targeting.

That’s where a professional video company such as Video One Productions can be of service. Come to us with your ideas and we’ll help you craft a video that will be appropriate, affordable and will make you proud to distribute. We’d be happy to provide you with a free consultation and perhaps be of service to you when you decide to have your video produced.

Feel free to look at our demos or call us at 773 252-3352 to discuss your project.

 Copyright © 2008 Irwin Myers

Irwin Myers is the president of Video One Productions, a Chicago-based company that has been providing production, editing, and duplication of videos, DVD’s, and CD’s for hundreds of companies for more than 20 years. To find out more about how Video One Productions can help you with your production and multimedia needs go to http://www.video1pro.com.

 

Irwin Myers is the president of Video One Productions, a Chicago-based company that has been providing production, editing, and duplication of videos, DVD?s, and CD?s for hundreds of companies for more than 20 years. To find out more about how Video One Productions can help you with your production and multimedia needs go to http://www.video1pro.com

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Video Marketing – 8 Proven Tips to Boost Your Sales Using Video Marketing

Video marketing is now one of the most effective internet marketing strategies to apply. In today’s modern world, most people are busy and have short attention spans.

With all sorts of ads vying for their attention, you need something to capture their interest and engage as much of their senses. Videos are very powerful because they engage the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses.

Videos are more personal; they talk directly to the reader, unlike written text where you usually don’t have a clear idea on who is speaking.

There’s no doubt that video marketing is a great strategy if you want to increase your earnings. Here are some proven tips to make the most out of your video marketing efforts.

1) Your video must be something that will arouse the interest and grab the eyeballs of your target prospects. If it’s interesting enough, people will share it with others; therefore, it will have the potential to become a viral marketing machine. To achieve this feat, your video must contain one or more of the following qualities:

- Entertaining

- Reveals helpful secrets or information

- Funny (including pranks)

- Sexual in nature

- Contains famous people like celebrities, sports stars, etc.

- Cute (have babies or animals)

Your video should give something of significant value. They should aim to pre-sell; not directly pitch your product or services right at the start.

Some other aspects that could make your video grab more attention are special effects, engaging background music (just make sure it’s royalty-free), and the charming personality of the person(s) in the video.

2) You must communicate your message clearly. You (or the person talking in your video) should speak loudly and clearly. Mumbling or stuttering is a definite “no-no,” unless you’re deliberately doing that for a good reason. Remember that your aim is to build your credibility or reputation, and the way your video talks to the viewers will have a tremendous impact on their perception about you, your product/service, or your company.

3) In your video, get your target prospects to see and hear your website many times. Since the url in a video isn’t clickable, you’ll have less chances of them going to your site. Therefore, your strategy is to have your url written and spoken in your videos, preferably multiple times.

4) Your call to action is crucial. Give them a stimulating incentive to visit your site. You can give them a free report, video, software, or any stuff that is free.

You could also tell them they can watch similar videos at your site.

One particularly good tip is to use the Zeigarnik effect, which states that “people remember incomplete or interrupted tasks better than completed ones.” If your video is not complete, people will not feel at ease until they’ve watched the rest of it. So post your incomplete video to the video-sharing sites, and tell viewers to visit your site if they want to finish watching it or know the ending.

5) If you’re too shy to be in the video itself, you could outsource the video creation to someone else. You could also create a camtasia video (you could speak or outsource someone to speak) or use pictures to create a great video (you may use a tool like the one at videoshowcasecreator.com).

6) It’s vital to take advantage of the title, description, and tags when you submit your video, because your video will not be read by the search engines. Put your main keywords in the title of the video. In your description, put your url at the start, write an attractive description, and tell the viewers to visit your site. Take advantage of tags. Tags are the keywords that people search for when they go to video-sharing sites, so do your keyword research and insert the appropriate tags.

7) Submit to multiple video-sharing sites, not only youtube. Although youtube gets the most traffic, it’s still a good idea to submit to as many as you can because not all video watchers prefer youtube. In fact, you’re missing out on many potential customers by not submitting to the other video-sharing sites. Use tubemogul.com to submit your video easily to many sites in one upload, and at the same time track how many visitors have watched your video from each specific site.


8) Create as many videos as you can. It’s not rocket science to know that the more they see (and hear) your website and your message, the more exposure for you and the more sales you’ll make. Around 2 to 4 videos a month would be a great start; but if you can create more, the better.

It’s no surprise to see your profits double, triple, or increase multiple times if you properly use video marketing. Use this strategy now or leave countless money on the table.

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