In this episode I go over loudspeaker basics, including the different types, how many you truly need as well as money saving tips aimed at getting you closer to the commercial cinema experience.

Enjoy!

  • Ravi

    Andrew, Would you prefer Tekton Pendragons as a music system?

  • http://twitter.com/ARobinsonOnline Andrew Robinson

    I think the Pendragon is incredibly musical, which is why I rely on them as part of my reference system. However, if you’re coming from bookshelf speakers (from what I remember in another comment of yours) the jump may be a shock as the Pendragon a) sound nothing like “typical” loudspeakers a b) they’re a bit on the large side. If you’re happy with what you have then you don’t have the change. Get that sub and see how it works with your bookshelf speakers then maybe worry about stepping up to Pendragons. Thanks for watching and for weighing in.

  • Ravi

    Andrew, you said – “sound nothing like “typical” loudspeakers?” You mean they are different sounding speakers?

  • http://twitter.com/ARobinsonOnline Andrew Robinson

    What I meant by that is this; most modern loudspeakers do not subscribe to methodologies of old. In the beginning loudspeakers had to be efficient as in 95dB+ because, well, we weren’t all packing mega-Watt amplifiers to drive anything less, we used tubes. Over the years loudspeakers have become less and less efficient as amplifiers have become more and more powerful. When dealing with high efficiency loudspeakers such as the Pendragon things like dynamics, ease and space take on new meaning for it doesn’t take much to achieve any of them, whereas with a loudspeaker with an efficiency of say 86dB (not uncommon) it takes a lot. This is what gives the Pendragon is “you are there” or “live” sound. You just sense that there is fewer moving parts if you will sitting between you and your music, because, well, there are in a sense. It’s not that they sound different than any other loudspeaker, it’s just they may sound different compared to other loudspeakers unless you have a lot of power on tap driving most anything else. That being said, I drive my Pendragons using either Crown XLS 2000 amps or Parasound Halo, both produce a LOT of power, which the Pendragon can take advantage of, but it isn’t required.