Thursday, November 14, 2013
Subwoofer when not carefully "handled" will cause nightmare to your overall setup. Things to be awared of in "handling" your subwoofer:
1) understand your room mode
When subwoofers aren't correctly handled, it will overkill your main speakers. Out of phase can happen between the subwoofer and main speaker. It can sound very loud but totally out of control and has no bass definition causing a chaotic overall sound stage.
The rules of thumb to place a sub by most is said to be corners. Although corners can give you low frequency boundary gain, it is not neccessary the best location to get a flat bass response. Most of my home cinema project do not place the sub in corners. I usually go for dual sub to counter peak and dip caused by room mode and this usually solves the problem easily.
How much is enough? How loud should a subwoofer goes? You take in all the factors and come out with the correct formula and you get the best sounding subwoofer anyone could have hope for.
A quad sub will be a challenge but once you get it to work, you will know what have you been missing all this while.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Did you ever noticed your ear drums ringing when you were in a discotheque? Or noticed any loud bass that is breaking apart?
Also when you were at your friend's house while he is playing loudly on his home theater and Hifi system?
What actually happened there?
The answer is quite straight forward but could also be very complex.
The answer is distortion.
When you stress the equipment beyond the tolerance level, you bring the system into the distortion level which could either damage your ears or equipment.
Why would somebody wants to do that? That's because the user has no clue or zero knowledge in the equipment and how it should be set up.
A lot of dealers or installers literally just sell whatever your budget allows even if they know there's a potential of damaging your equipment if stressed beyond the limit.
How do we determine the limit of the equipment ?
Unless you have experienced into setting up and auditing the equipment in your room or home, there's no way to know it as a everyday consumer.
If you tell the seller your budget is 2k only, the first thing in a salesman mind is to sell you something that is within or slightly more than your budget. They sell, they get commission, the end of story.
When a customer walks into my shop, they will not hear a word from me to buy unless I know it is beneficial to them.
A lot of systems are very capable but when being installed and setup in the wrong environment and settings, it could be damaging and hazardous to our ears.
Next time before you make your decision in getting your Audio Video gears, do drop by Sound Fusion first to gain some knowledge before spending your money.
Monday, September 9, 2013
The long awaited Cary audio design equipment has finally arrived with crate.
Due to the weight and fragility of the valve, paying for the extra crates is worth it.
CAD300SEI in metallic midnight blue with aluminum face plate.
For audition, please call 0178089020
Saturday, September 7, 2013
At sound fusion, we provide video calibration 2-3 times a year. Customers who purchased projectors from us do not have to worry because all projectors sold and installed by us will have already included proper installation and calibration will be included*.
All projectors and televisions have controls to allow ISF and THX certified calibrator to calibrate.
CMS allows us to get all points into the targets. Utilizing video processor allows you to have up to 125 points so that you get to see tremendously accurate colors.
Please call 0178089020 for calibration info and we have limited slots for non-customers.
* except customers who opt out for calibration service or discounted items.
How many times I have to say this to customers who are obsessed in accessories and over usage of power conditioner and cables.
Unfortunately I've came across many users who are willing to spend 4 to 5 figures in accessories but never ever wonder there's a bottleneck in their system.
Few users I've seen who spent over 100k in power conditioning products from many major brands but never realize the bottleneck is in the speaker that cost only a few K. Although there's no right or wrong in how you setup your system, the tremendous amount spent is somewhat imbalanced. It's almost like having a sports car in a small village road. You literally can't exceed the full potential of the car.
I've advised few of such customers but ended up getting negative feedback stating I am not good in recommending them "good stuff".
I do not feel upset but instead I really felt pity for these people. I would never ever recommend a customer something that I know will not help or price vs performance factor in their system.
As a ISF & THX certified professional, I still get customers who told me they can add a filter in the signal path and get a great quality picture without needing to calibrate the displays. This group of people has been brain washed by dealers who have no intention to tell the truth.
"It will be different" is the common phrase used in my dealers who try to sell you accessories. They are not lying to you when they said that. "Different" doesn't mean better, it could be better or worse or psychology brain washed you into thinking your system performance has improved.
Stones can also makes your current system "different" if you placed them in critical spots, would you pay for this stones ?
So think again next time someone tries to sell you unnecessary products.
Years of experience in home theater has brought me to the stage to build a reference home "cinema" that fulfill all the requirements in the THX, HAA & ISF Standards.
From 2D planning stage to 3D rendering with lighting effect and controls, there will be tremendous amount of equipment and coordination involved.
2D plan with proper calculation on all positions and angles.
Building ceiling framework with woods & aluminium reinforcement.
Although it's a painful process but seeing the end result is fulfilling.
Comes the carpentry work. Stage wiring for LED light strips, power points for future Hifi setup.
Frames are up, awaiting for side pillars, lighting fixture, acoustic panels and carpet. Sciroco Ventilation fan 325Cu/min is up. Air conditioning will be installed next week.
LED strips are up.
Carpentry work done on 4 oct 2013.
Once the structure is completed, system will be installed and carefully calibrated to provide the best sound ever in home cinema. This project will allow clients to experience what a true home "cinema" should look, feel and sound like. With proper planning, it is not necessary to spend a fortune to get it done. I always believe in having the best value for money combination and have never agreed in simply spending in high end gears without properly calibrated by a professional who knows what they are doing. Like I always say, a dealer is not necessary an enthusiasts. Most people do it for a living, some pushes you to buy unnecessary gears or accessories but I do it for the love of it, this is my passion and I want all of you to be able to squeeze the best performance out from your systems regardless how much you have invested.
I will be reviewing more when this project goes into the furnishing stage. So stay tune!
Thursday, September 5, 2013
A lot of people have been told or seen that projectors aren't meant for living hall with ambient light. Most buyer and dealers do not have the knowledge in matching the right equipment when choosing a product. This is the fault of a human and has nothing to do with product.
As an enthusiasts in the home theater, I have been researching and attending classes like THX, ISF and HAA to get more information and knowledge in help my clients and friends to match their system with the best and reasonable prices product. With this knowledge and experience , I am able to match a perfect system (not necessary expensive one) for all my clients.
More and more users are feeling more comfortable when I proposed them in choosing the right screen. Although prices aren't a cheap as those computer screen, you get the best bang for the buck you paid.
Living room setup with 4pm sun light through the window.
Effective for living hall setup.
Interested? Please call 0178089020 for appointment.