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What is Audio Compression – The Beginner’s Guide

What is Audio Compression – The Beginner’s Guide

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We are all familiar with audio compression in terms of reducing audio file size to the size that enables us to store a great number of files on a single device. In that context, compressing is often related to low audio quality as the sound quality has to be reduced in order to achieve the necessary file size. However, audio compression is a very complex process that is often misunderstood. Audio compression tools are very useful and working with them is very interesting. This is the main reason why we have decided to write this article and explain the basics of audio compression so that you can get a better understanding of the entire process and maybe even start working with the respective tools and adjust the sound quality and size of the audio file to your own taste/needs. What is Aud...
What is High-Resolution Audio?

What is High-Resolution Audio?

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Technological progress has brought new high-resolution video formats such as 4K into our lives, so there should be no reason why we wouldn’t enjoy high-resolution audio. However, it is not all so simple and this topic has been rising different kinds of discussions ever since it appeared. The problem with modern audio files is their size. An original soundtrack that is recorded in a professional music studio is made in the highest possible and available resolution but the recording is extremely large, which makes it impossible for storing on small portable devices with limited memory that we are using every day. In spite of the fact that our devices even use external memory, which is getting larger and larger every day, it is still impossible to store many high-resolution files on a sing
Understanding Surround Sound Formats

Understanding Surround Sound Formats

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Audio equipment has an important place in our lives. This can be easily proven if you look at the offer at a local audio store and the fact that every one of us has at least one speaker at home, at work, in a car, etc. Basically, we are no longer satisfied by playing the music directly from our phones or players but we connect them to different kinds of wired or wireless speakers because they offer better performance. This rule can also be applied to TVs. We all know that regular TV speakers, even the most expensive ones, aren’t as good as average home speakers, especially soundbars or home theater speaker systems. This is the most important reason why people decide to spend their money on expensive audio systems, especially if they are moving to a bigger apartment or house and their sm
What You Need to Know About Audio Return Channel (ARC)?

What You Need to Know About Audio Return Channel (ARC)?

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Have you ever checked the rear panel of your TV and saw all those input and output ports? If you have and you found them confusing or you are simply searching for a way to establish a better connection and get better audio quality from your TV and all the audio devices in your house connected to your TV, we may be able to help you. Although the technology has been developing rapidly over the past decades, many of us still aren’t familiar with all the terms, audio equipment features, and all their possibilities. One of the features that has been introduced almost 10 years ago but still can be unfamiliar to some people is ARC. As it is very helpful and useful in every house, we have decided to do a little research and write this article that will thoroughly explain everything you should
What is Headphone Impedance?

What is Headphone Impedance?

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When people are searching for a new pair of headphones, they usually spend a lot of time reading their characteristics and specifications but the truth is they pay more attention to physical characteristics, battery life, Bluetooth version, etc. The part where frequency response, sensitivity, and impedance are listed are often skipped and neglected but these are very important features that affect headphone performance and sound quality.   If you don't know how your headphones work, you won't be able to use them and maintain properly, and this is often one of the reasons why people are complaining about their headphones performance. We have run into this problem so many times that we have decided to write this article and explain headphone impedance in detail. If you understand what imp
How to Build a Speaker Box

How to Build a Speaker Box

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Speakers are one of the most popular audio devices, probably right after headphones. They come in all shapes and sizes and all of them have their own place in our cars, in our homes, offices, etc. Each of them has its own purpose and depending on that purpose, it has a specific build and size. You might think that the market offers anything you could possibly need but it wouldn’t be surprising if you couldn’t find the speaker you are looking for, especially if you’re looking for the speaker for your car. One of the simplest but the least applicable solutions for this problem is to take some basic material, some basic tools, a woofer or two, and build a speaker on your own. If you think about it, this may be great not only because the speaker box dimensions will fit perfectly your car, l
What Are Planar Magnetic Headphones & How Do They Work?

What Are Planar Magnetic Headphones & How Do They Work?

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If you have a pair of full-size headphones, the chances are quite big that they have standard dynamic drivers as this is the traditional and very popular technology that has been used for ages now. One of the reasons these headphones are so popular is that they are easy and inexpensive to make. Inside their cups, you can find a voice coil with a cone-shaped diaphragm and a magnet behind them. We can’t say these aren’t great but their main problem is inconsistent sound production across different frequencies, which makes the sound they deliver not completely accurate. Also, being cheaply made, the parts inside the cups are glued together and the glue wears off over time and the headphones begin to fall apart. Along with the hardware, the sound also gets worse. On the bright side,
What Is the Difference Between Headsets, Headphones & Earphones?

What Is the Difference Between Headsets, Headphones & Earphones?

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Global audio device market has been booming lately and it currently offers so many products that any ordinary customer can easily get confused when buying a new one. Headphones are one of the audio devices that most of us can't live without anymore and their market is constantly getting bigger. Manufacturers are constantly competing and introducing new models in all shapes and colors and, as a result, it gets really difficult for their customers to decide which model to buy. We bet you have noticed numerous categories in the headphone department while searching for your new pair. If you find it difficult to understand which category you should check, read our article and we promise you won't have these problems anymore. The three most common categories you will run into are headsets, he...
How to Properly Clean Your Earbuds and Headphones

How to Properly Clean Your Earbuds and Headphones

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Whenever we buy a new product, we are trying to maintain it properly but, sadly, not for a long time. Most of us have the same problem - we get used to things we have after a longer period of time. By a longer period of time, we mean a few months at most. No matter how expensive this product is and how many times we promise ourselves that we will take care of it, somehow, we slowly start to forget about these promises and start treating the product as an old one. The same thing happens with every pair of earbuds or headphones we buy, no matter how expensive they are. After a few months, we start carrying them around without their protective bag or case, leaving them lying unprotected on a desk or bed, etc. This kind of treatment can destroy even the most durable headphones on the market...
Audio Frequency Spectrum Explained

Audio Frequency Spectrum Explained

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Have you ever wondered what those numbers on the back side of some audio device packaging mean? We bet you have. Among the information about impedance, SPL, etc. there is one that is very important for us right now and we want to give you a thorough explanation of what it means and what it says about our devices. As you have probably guessed, we are talking about frequency response. It is expressed in Hertz (Hz) and it’s different for every audio device. It is given in a form of range (for example – 18Hz-22kHz). This range tells us the lowest and the highest frequency some audio device (speaker, headphones) can deliver. The frequencies within the range that a human ear can hear are called audible (or audio) frequencies and this range is known as our audio spectrum. The property t