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Martin Logan Soundbar


loganmartin soundbarCurrent popular audio visual category of product that is making a big splash in the small and mid-size “Home Theater” market is the “Sound Bar”.   Of the selected “Sound Bar”, I had the opportunity to check out the most impressive one. It’s the Martin Logan Motion Vision.

There are several things that make this “Sound Bar “special. First, there is a separate amplifier for each speaker driver (for a total of seven), five channel audio decoding/processing, and both traditional cone mid-range/bass driver, and it comes with the “Folded Motion Tweeters”.  These state-of-the-art tweeters provide faster response and more precise imaging for high frequencies, which really adds freshness to the audio listening experience.

Martin Logan Motion Vision Sound Bar

For connectivity, the Motion Vision includes both digital and analog audio inputs, as well as Dolby Digital & DTS surround sound decoding, with additional Dolby Virtual Speaker audio processing. The Motion Vision also includes both wired and wireless external subwoofer connectivity. However, one of the noteworthy things about the Motion Vision is that its built-in internal cabinet design, which includes two rear mounted ports, actually maintains respectable Bass output,  if you are using Plasma or LED/LCD TV’s you may like it as your own preference, note that you will not require an additional subwoofer for a small to mid-size family room.

Other popular selling brands are: JBL, Yamaha, Bose, Harman Kardon, Speaker-Craft, Vizio, Atlantic Technology and others not tested.

From experience no “Sound Bar” beats a full-blown “Home Theater” system, but for some people a “Sound Bar” is the best compromise between aiming for better sound and not wanting to impose on a full surround sound audio system. Generally “Sound Bar” is great if you want to upgrade from your Plasma, LED/LCD TV’s built-in speakers,

Sound Bar is virtual surround which is just wide-ranging stereo

Practically every “Sound Bar” comes with some kind of “virtual surround” mode; it has potential to deliver surround sound like without the hassle of installing rear speakers. These virtual surround modes are not impracticable, but they do not get anywhere close to the proper surround sound effects. It’s most practical for small to mid-size rooms. In the best-case situation, “Sound Bar” will give you a wide-ranging sound field.

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Posted on January 28, 2013 by Alphonso Soosay 0 Comments Short URL

Professional Approach to Room Acoustics

room-acousticsAcoustic performance qualities are crucial in delivering a complete Hi-Fi and Home-Theater environment. The last thing any Hi-Fi or Home- Theater owner wants is having a high-end, full-scale 5.1 or 7.1 audio system jeopardized by its environment which has not been optimised for great music listening. Acoustics in rooms have a vast influence on the reproduction of CD/DVD music and DVD movie sound tracks. A good room must transfer its music towards the listener, preserving the original musical qualities of intimacy, definition, timbre, balance and dynamic-range; it must contribute fullness of tone, loudness and a wide range of crescendo and decrescendo. It all means that, a good acoustically balanced room improves the music.

Professional consideration to audio acoustic involvedness has customarily been to construct special flex walls, hanging fibreglass panels from ceiling and construct special Bass traps. Recording experts learned that “Sonex” acoustic materials were massacring noise & reverberation in heavy industrial plants in Minneapolis USA. It was only then that the audio recording professionals started performing tests with these 3 different thicknesses of unique high performance “Sonex” acoustic materials to manage sound in Audio Recording Studios and TV Studios around the globe a long time ago. It had been successful for acoustic control within the audio recording studio industry.

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Posted on January 28, 2013 by Alphonso Soosay 1 Comment Short URL