Hi, and welcome to my website designed to help you connect your AV equipment.

This is not just a “how-to” website, as I also try to explain “why”. My hope is that by understanding the principles, you’ll be able to better adapt the general “how to” to your specific situation.

Please browse the articles below to find the most relevant ones for your situation. I hope you find a solution to your problems.

Geoff

Connecting Speakers Around the Home

Understanding Speaker Impedance

Speaker impedance is often presented as a complex subject and therefore is either ignored or misunderstood. A basic understanding of speaker impedance is not difficult, and is useful when...

Speaker Selector Switch Simulators

The speaker selector switch simulators presented here demonstrate how speaker selectors deal with speaker impedance and power distribution. Speaker selector switches are used to allow you to connect multiple...

Connecting Speakers FAQs

After answering nearly 1000 questions on connecting speakers on this website, some common themes have emerged. Please read the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on connecting speakers before...

Understanding Audio

Speaker Impedance Changes Amplifier Power

Speaker impedance changes amplifier power output. In fact, your amplifier power could be nearly half or double its capacity - depending on the impedance of your speakers. But how...

Understanding Distributed Speaker Systems

Distributed speaker systems are also known as "100 volt line" or "70 volt line" speaker systems. They are used extensively where multiple speakers are required. Distributed speaker systems are...

Understanding Speaker Impedance

Speaker impedance is often presented as a complex subject and therefore is either ignored or misunderstood. A basic understanding of speaker impedance is not difficult, and is useful when...

Understanding Audio Levels

A basic understanding of the general audio levels mentioned in this article will help you avoid the common mistakes often made when connecting audio devices together. We are going...

Understanding Speaker Sensitivity

Speaker sensitivity is a measurement of how well a speaker converts the amplifier power to to acoustic energy. In others words, how loud the speaker will be for a...

Understanding Microphone Sensitivity

What do you understand about microphone sensitivity? Of late I have seen a number of people miss-interpret the specifications of microphones, especially when it comes to microphone sensitivity. For...

Understanding Decibels (part 1)

Decibels are widely used in audio, and often misunderstood. These articles give a practical understanding on using decibels in audio work.  But first, some basic questions and answers about...

Understanding Audio Frequency

Every sound we hear is at a certain frequency. When we say someone has a deep voice, we are describing a voice producing low frequencies. Similarly if we say...