March 24, 2014
There are so many choices these days when it comes to a great pair of studio monitors. Most studio engineers will tell you that the most neutral loudspeaker is the old trusty Yamaha NS10. This is certainly correct in a lot of respects, but the NS10 has fallen out of production and your best chance at getting a pair is probably used and no less than $400. That classic technology has of course been ported over to their newer models, but people still love that classic NS10 sound. JBL however saw this as an opportunity to produce a professional studio monitor with the most neutral frequency response and at a price that everyone in the marketplace can afford. Their achievement in pristine fidelity and incredible affordability has culminated in the production of the JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors. JBL Professional was nice enough to invite us into their home where …
March 7, 2014
In the second part of our JBL Hearing the Truth series, we dive into the methods JBL uses when testing their loudspeakers for the quality of their construction and fidelity. There are a lot of elements that go into testing different variables from listener tests to rigorous performance tests. Sean Olive, the President of the Audio Engineering Society, talked us through how JBL sets up blind evaluative testing systems so they can determine which factors of a speaker’s fidelity are most pleasing to the trained ear but also the novice listener. Peter Chaikin also showed us the JBL power test room at both their offices in California as well as their manufacturing facility in Mexico. There are plenty of other testing methods utilized so be sure to check out the video to see how JBL incorporates scientific measurements into their product evaluations. If you haven’t seen our first video in …
February 15, 2013
Bose is known for having some of the best sounding audio devices from headphones, to media players, to surround sound systems. To add to their existing line of quality professional audio equipment, Bose put out a collection of portable PA systems. Initially released in 2003 the L1 Speaker Systems looked to change the way we look at live sound setups. These systems have been used in multiple applications from PA for the acoustic performer to monitor systems for full bands. In 2012 Bose added a new product to the line with the L1 Model 1S and its companion bass speaker the B1 Bass Module. The L1 Portable Systems can also be used for any type of performance or live sound application from a mobile DJ to an orator. Not only do these speakers have great sound but they are also aesthetically pleasing for use as an audio source/entertainment hub for your home or business. There are …
November 12, 2012
We sat down with mix engineer Miles Walker at Parhelion Studios and we talked about everything from how he mixes tracks to the gear he uses in his studio. If you are not familiar with Miles, check out our interview with him.
In this video Miles goes over the reasons he uses the Yamaha NS10 studio monitors. For Miles, as well as most people that do studio production, its all about how well you know your monitors and how comfortable you feel when mixing. When using passive monitors like the NS10s, its often difficult to find a quality amplifier that can power passive monitors and many companies have abandoned passive studio monitor systems and replaced them with active studio monitors. The Yamaha HS80 studio monitors are a great example of an active studio monitor that works great for production.
What studio monitors are the best for your production? Which studio …
October 1, 2012
When looking for outdoor loudspeakers, it’s clear that companies like QSC, Mackie, and Peavey dominate the market with high-quality equipment – but shopping for indoor, home-theater speakers has more to do than a brand name. In fact, there are plenty of smaller underrated speaker companies putting out ridiculously expensive and worthwhile gear that you might not have heard of.
Tekton is one of the underdogs in the home-theater world, and they’ve made a name for themselves with their Pendragon 2-way tower speakers at $2500 a pair. Their speaker design is reminiscent of Klipsch RF-7’s, yet their build quality and materials remain an unknown at this point.…