Why So Many Speakers?

I usually reply, “Why so many light bulbs?” Often, especially if your ceiling is low, it will require more than one loudspeaker to cover your audience evenly. A tall ceiling can allow a fewer number, even one, loudspeaker to cover an audience evenly, given that the venue’s sides are not parallel. Sound, in particular higher …

A Neat Experiment with the Car Radio, or Why There’s No Bass Knob on a Tuba

Less is so very much more. Most current auto radios have some sort of equalization circuitry. There may be bass and treble settings, you may have a three or five band equalizer, or maybe even those nifty “presets” (like ‘jazz’, ‘news’, ‘rock’, etc.). If you have a CD player, the experiment will work better, but …

Speaker Alignment: What’s the Difference Between “T” and “C”?

I’d say about ten milliseconds. The difference in sound, that is. Say them both out loud. The very first ten one-thousandths of a second is all that delineates the letter “t” from the letter “c” to our ears. Often as we age we have less ability to recognize higher frequencies.  We may also lose our …