As more and more people use there computers for there home theater use and more and more speaker systems come on the market, the consumer needs to raise there knowledge to make the right choice in picking the right system for there needs. Well here are some important terms you should know, that should make the choice a little bit easier.
Tech Terms You Should Know: Dolby Digital: A Dolby Laboratories format for repre-
Crossover: A circuit that filters away audio signals senting sound in six discrete channels
that fall outside a certain range. This is five positional channels and a subwoofer
used for preventing a speaker from channel. This is a popular digital surround
receiving sound signals it cannot accurately sound format, and is used in most DVD
reproduce. A crossover usually consists of movies.
one or more pairs of inductors and capacitors.
DTS Sound: Digital Theater System, A multi-channel system Frequency response: range within which the speaker
That is a surround sound format that competes will actually produce sound.
with Dolby Digital and also delivers sound in
discrete channels-5 positional channels and a
subwoofer channel. DTS movies are encoded at Mini-Jack: the small audio connector frequently used
a higher bit rate than that used by Dolby Digital by headphones and computer speakers
so more information about the sound is used will actually produce sound.
Peak Power Rating ( Burst ): The peak power a speaker can
handle for a very brief period. This is usually
higher than the RMS power rating.
Power Per Channel: The power rating of each individual
RCA Plug: The traditional plug used in audio and video
cables. RCA connectors are normally coded red
for right-side audio, white for left-side audio, and
yellow for video. RCA stands for Radio
Corporation of America.
RMS Power Rating: Root Mean Square power rating.
this is a speaker's maximum continuous power output
or how much power it can sustain indefinitely, this is
more accurate-and realistic assessment of a speaker's
power than Burst power.
Satellites: Speakers ( usually small ones ) that reproduce high
and midrange tones, and that are designed for
S/PDIF: Sony/Phillips Digital Interface. A format for
transforming digital audio data without first
converting it to an analog signal.
Subwoofer: A speaker designed to deliver very low frequency
sound. Because the human ear cannot distinguish
the direction of very low-frequency sound, the
subwoofer's placement does not affect the stereo-
scopic staging of music.
THX Certification: A certification granted to theaters,
home cinema and multimedia products
indicating that they have met a level of
quality deemed sufficient to re-create
a movie theater experience. THX is
essentially a quality label created by
Lucasfilm, and was named after
George Lucas's firat feature film,