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Properly Setting Sound System Gain Structure
Editor’s note: This piece goes back a few years but it’s full of information still very much relevant today. Realistically, audio signals at or near…
Phase & Polarity: Causes And Effects, Differences, Consequences
The terms "polarity" and "phase" are often used as if they mean the same thing. They do not.
A Practical Guide To Key Audio Calculations
Thanks to modern technology, you can do dB calculations without knowing a thing about the mathematics of logs, anti-logs, ratios, exponents, or even much about math
Why Should We Care About Power Amplifier Clipping?
Causes of clipping, thermal inertia, and more
The Right Math: Making Fixed Resistive Attenuators (“Pads”)
It seems nothing is ever easy. However simple they might appear, making fixed resistive attenuators (I’ll call them pads in this article) requires doing some…
A Practical Guide To dB Calculations
This is a practical guide to doing dB (decibel) calculations, covering most common audio situations. You see dB numbers all the time in audio.
What Is Loudspeaker Damping & Damping Factor (DF)?
What damping does, types of damping, calculations, handy charts and more
Graphic-Based Discussion That Clarifies The Differences In Polarity And Phase
Distinguishing the two and a few of the effects of each
The Basics Of Audio System Gain Structure
General guidelines to setting the gain structure for an audio system and making final adjustments
Defining Loudspeaker Damping And Its Effects On Performance
The main effect of damping in a loudspeaker is to reduce the SPL produced by the loudspeaker's diaphragm moving because of its own inertia after the signal stops.
What’s The “Right” Wattage For Loudspeakers?
The REAL question is not what is the power handling, but what is the OPTIMUM size power amplifier to use on a loudspeaker?