• Speaker Specs: Making Sense of the Technical Gibberish Part 2

    3 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Speaker Specs

    In Part 1 of this series we covered Frequency Response, Sensitivity, and SPL. This segment will explain Power Ratings, Crossover Systems, and Coverage Specs.

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  • Speaker Specs: Making Sense of the Technical Gibberish Part 1

    3 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Understanding Speaker Specs

    When trying to choose the best speaker system for your application you may find yourself confronted by a bewildering list of specifications. You might be thinking, "I just need to pick a speaker that is a good fit for my power amplifier. Why does this say 600 watts in one place and 2400 watts in another? What do all these numbers and unfamiliar words mean?" There seem to be a lot of variables to consider but what do they tell you about the system's capabilities? Let's take a look at some commonly published specifications you might encounter and become familiar with their meaning and application.

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  • Blown Speaker? How to Know if You Should Recone or Replace it

    3 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Burnt Voice Coil

    A blown speaker is arguably one of the worst things that can happen to your pro audio rig, whether you are a sound pro, bassist, guitarist, or DJ. It may be a freak feedback, clipping amplifiers, or poor AC power, but it can happen to the best of us. Knowing the basic steps of what to do next after blowing a speaker will help you get your rig up and running as soon as possible. Here we are only looking at “abuse” causes of failures and not factory defective speakers. A defective speaker failure is diagnosed by looking at the speaker internally and is caused by misalignment, poor gluing or fragments in the coil gap. These failures are very rare and look much different than a blown speaker.

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  • Passive vs. Active Speakers: A Rundown

    4 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Concert stage with passive and active speakers

    One of the biggest choices musicians and pro audio enthusiasts make when purchasing speakers is whether they should spring for passive or active speakers. Just like with any equipment, the right choice comes from a combination of understanding the main components of each and finding the one that best suits your application. This basic guide will cover the main differences between active and passive models and help you choose which one is better for your needs.

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  • Getting Your Gear to the Gig: Professional Solutions for Professional Gear

    1 comment / Posted by Joel Kiesel

    Getting Your Gear to the Gig: Dolly Board

    As a working musician, you spend a lot of your time and effort moving your equipment around. It’s a labor of love-- you want to sound your best and have the equipment to do it, but getting it in and out of venues night after night can be a taxing affair. Even if you’re the guy in the band who travels light, it often happens that the parking situation at the venue is less than ideal. Getting any sized rig or speaker setup from your car to the stage may pose some problems as you’re stuck lugging all your gear three city blocks.

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