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An amplifier is a device for taking a signal level electrical signal and increases it to a level that can be used to power a speaker

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Optimal Headphone Amps volume settings?

I use a headphone amps with my Mac Book Air, there are two volume controls in this setup: one is the Mac Book Air, and the other one is the amp. What should be the optimal settings for both volumes? ...
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Difference between internal sound card and Audio interface in simple setups

A set up consists of a single instrument that is guitar and a recording software like pro tools along with amplitube as the guitar effects. Is there a difference between using the internal mac sound ...
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Amp Syncing Problem

What would cause an amp to all of a sudden start sending a signal at a higher pitch and a faster speed? The System: Base System Dell PC w/ SFX 5.60 build 24 -> echo gina 24/96 -> a&h ...
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How do I power a Yamaha EMX5?

I know basically nothing with about audio engineering and need some help. I just recently bought a Yamaha emx5 powered mixer. What is the best way to protect it from a power surge? Do I need a power ...
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rhythm guitar sound on 'only tomorrow' (my bloody valentine) (pedals?amps?guitars?mic placement? etc.)

i'm mostly active on stack overflow, but as i like the overall platform/concept so much i figured i'd give this here a try! basically, my question is in the title, and here's a link to the song: ...
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Why am I hearing weird static nosie on my speakers

Our Church uses Yamaha CM 12V speakers for monitor, powered by QSC GX5 amps. Every 3 to 5 minutes once we hear a weird buzzing static noise from the speakers. The noise will be loud, and will last ...
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What difference does impedance, watts and sensitivity really do?

I'd like to learn about watts, impedance and sensitivity. I've googled so many times, but never found a clean and nice answer, so it would be really awesome if someone made it simple and clear to me. ...
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Practical difference between channel gain, fader and amp gain

Why do channel gain, fader and amp gain all seem to affect the sound differently, particularly when it comes to feedback? Is this just a placebo effect? Is it a symptom that something is connected ...
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Correct Amplifier Rating for Klipsch RP-150M Speakers [closed]

I am looking into buy a pair of bookshelf speakers, and have narrowed the field down to a pair of Klipsch RP-150Ms. However, before I purchase them, I would like to know if the amplifier/receiver I ...
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Is the perceived power of 2x60W the same as 1x120W?

I have a guitar amplifier which is rated at 120w (solid state). It has two outputs (A & B) both of 60W each. If I were to run both of these outputs into a 2x12 cabinet in stereo (output A to ...
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Carver amp/receiver speaker problem

I have a Carver amp/receiver withy phono, cd and tape inputs, two sets of speakers A and B. From time to time the right speakers (or the left) will simply go out. What is wrong?
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How are tube amps constructed?

need a Little HISTORY about Tube Amplifiers or Tube Sound, need Signal Processing theory of the same, Its Schematics and importantly need how it is RE-Modeled into a DSP Plugin. (either by ...
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amp for a viewing room

Hi guys I'm starting work at a film production company and they asked me to source an amp for playback in the edit suite for playback of the project to the director, producers and investors. Which ...
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Unbalanced Line Level vs Balanced Microphone Level [closed]

So, I'm trying to digitise some vinyls. I have a big amplifier, and I might just use the preamp in that, but I might instead get the Radial J33. The Radial J33 is a phono preamp, but it has both RCA ...
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How to even speach loudness?

I am working with a recording (some speach) where it has parts with different loudness (amplitude) so I would like to make all those parts evenly loud. Actualy, I would like to make every word spoken ...
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Noise reduction on a guitar amplifier over a voltage regulator

I'm new to the community and I'm not sure this is the place to be asking, but it seemed reasonable to give it a shot. Also I'm not an electrical engineer so I'm not familiar with the English jargon. ...
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What is added by using a guitar amp over just pedals?

For instance, both pedals and amps can produce overdrive / distortion, though perhaps different flavors. Is there something that only an amp can produce? What is it? Do amp sim pedals approximate it ...
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How to use a wireless mic with computer mini speakers for trade show

Working at our booth at a trade show, behind a table. I need gentle amplification to augment my voice when talking across the table to an handful of attendees. (Show floors are noisy!) I have a ...
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undesired interaction between multiple inputs to PA system

I'm using a 250W Fender Passport PA system (model P-250) with a vocal mic (MP-75) and an electric bass guitar hooked up to separate channels (e.g. mic to MIC-1 and bass to LINE-2). When both are ...
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Which amplifiers have close to zero latency?

I'm a novice. I'd like to route an electric guitar and several keyboards through a computer for effects processing, and out via the same speakers. I've tried using different home sound systems; but ...
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Headset amplifier (headphone amplifier with mic preamp)

I have and m-audio 24/96 soundcard with one RCA-out and one RCA-in pair. I want to connect a headphone with a separate mic (modmic) to this audio card. Now I need a nice headphone amplifier I get ...
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Cable vs wireless connection from amplifier to speaker

I would like to understand the implications of wired versus wireless sound signal transmission. Say, the signal originates from a source and arrives to an amplifier via cable. Is there a difference if ...
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Is it safe to convert rca to xlr

I have a pre-amplifier of which the outputs are RCA. Now i want to buy new active speakers but those only have 3pin-XLR input. is it safe for both my amplifier and active speakers just to use a simple ...
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How to determine DC Amperes required for Amplifier?

I'm trying to understand if there's any relationship between the rated wattage (RMS) of an audio amplifier and the corresponding power requirements on its power supply. Practically, if I buy an ...
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Dynamic mic to XLR input

I bought this ammoon F4 mixer on Amazon, and I need help connecting a dynamic microphone to it. The mic channels have XLR and TRS inputs. The TRS is marked "LINE" and it works only with line signal ...
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Instrument to sound card and output to guitar amplifier

I want to know your opinion on if it's possible/feasible to input an instrument (guitar, bass...) to a sound card and then output the signal to an actual amplifier (guitar, bass...). Let's suppose the ...
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Amplitude Too Low?

I record via USB with a Mackie ProFx16 with Cubase. You can listen if you like: https://soundcloud.com/dacsaunders Now it sounds like the level is too low, is that because I didn't master it? Or ...
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For a studio, what kind of speaker system network should one opt for?

For a Film Post Studio what kind of studio speaker network would be good , Active or Passive ? Why ?
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Is the Behringer A500 Ultra-linear amplifier a good purchase?

Hi all, At home I monitor on passive Dynaudio Acoustics BM5s, which I like very much. However, as my power amp has broken, I'm looking for a replacement. For the money (~£160) the Behringer A500 ...
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Calculating noise in dB produced by microphone pre-amplifiers

I need to know whether my pre-amplifier or my microphone is limiting the sound quality (in terms of noise) of my recording setup. The sound recorder (SM2Bat+, Wildlife Acoustics) has a specified ...
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Connecting a subwoofer to a 2 channel amplifier [closed]

I'm building a bluetooth speaker, but I'm not satisfacted with the low frequencies, so I decided to add a subwoofer. At the moment I haven't decided which subwoofer exactly, but I'll will be a 4 or 8 ...
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Does a 64 OHMS Headphones require an amplifier? [closed]

I recently bought a pair of HD7 from Presonus (https://www.presonus.com/products/HD7) which are 2 x 32 ohms headphones. They sound good but not as good as I though they would. Would that be due to ...
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It's impossible, how do I get a lightweight, portable, loud busking amp/PA?

Without going really big, I don't know how to do this. So far I use a Roland Mobile AC amplifier. It's just 5 watts, but it sounds beautiful and it's tiny, fits in my backpack, powered by 6AA ...
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Connecting guitar amplifier to mixer via headphones out

I have a Peavey Vypyr Tube 60W guitar amp and Yamaha mg10xu mixer. I'd like to mix my amplifier's sound with some background track (which I'm already sending to the mixer correctly) and send ...
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How to filter hiss from amp to speakers? [closed]

I picked up an inexpensive 2x120W amplifier to drive my 8-ohm desktop speakers, and it produces a bit of a hiss, particularly when the treble is mixed further up which is what it seems to need. Is ...
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Wiring 2x subwoofers down to 1 or 0.5 ohm on a 2 ohm verified amplifier? [closed]

This is strictly a hypothetical question. I have a 2600W peak monoblock amplifier for my car, which is rated at 1000W at 2 ohm. I am currently wiring my subwoofers to the amplifier like this: What ...
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Speak - amplifier wattage matching

Is there any rule-of-thumb for choosing amplifier wattage for the given speakers wattage? Say I have speakers, 100 W (maximum input power) / 6 Ohm each. Is it ok to match them with 44 W (minimum ...
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How to get rid of sharp ticks/clicks when amplifying sound

I am amplifying an audio file frame-by-frame via the following algorithm: Find maximum value among all the samples in a frame Find the amplification factor to make the maximum value equal to 0 dB ...
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Classical guitar to a mic to a guitar processor (or even better guitar amp)?

I would like to use a mic to amplify my classical guitar as I'm told it's the best way to do it without altering the guitar and losing some sound acoustically (with piezo, fishman....). However I also ...
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Connecting passive monitors to sound card [closed]

I searched on Google, but didn't find the answere. I want to buy some external sound card (for example Yamaha AG03, but I would like to understand how this works in general) and some monitor speakers. ...
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Matching amplifier with speaker with unknown wattage [closed]

I found some old speakers laying around without amplifier. I would like to buy a amplifier board but i do not know the wattage and ohms of the speaker. The wattage etc is not written on the back of ...
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Weird noise from amplifier

I hope this is the right place to ask and you guys can help me. I obtain a strange noise, most likely originating from my amplifier. I tried to record it with my phone, so the quality is not really ...
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Should i buy amplifiers? [closed]

i'm gonna buy some speakers to my car. I got a regular radio. My doubt is: do i need to buy amplifier? Or just the speakers would be enough and right?
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Testing low-end turntable performance [closed]

I've found an old low end turntable on a garage sale, and I was trying to get it to work with some of my LPs. It's an AKAI AP-M393, very low end and very basic. I've realised I need a phono preamp ...
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Attenuating the amplifier volume: what is a better approach?

My Denon PMA-600NE is "too loud too quickly" with ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 speakers. Turning the master volume knob just ~20 degrees from zero position already takes it to a very high volume. I would like ...
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Amplifier to power a Project 2 turntable

I have a Project 2 turntable and have just bought some Dali Spektor 2 speakers. I have a 20 year old budget Cambridge Audio Amp and a basic Cambridge preamp bought a couple of years ago. I'd like ...
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Connecting Condenser Mic to an amplifier then to PC? [duplicate]

I have BM800 condenser microphone which produces really low volume because it needs to be connected to a phantom power, I don't have a phantom power but I have an old Pioneer SA-600 amplifier. How do ...
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Why is 1000W pro Amp delivering less SPL than 100W cheap amp?

I'm designing an internal sound system for an outdoor sound sculpture. Audio quality is important but volume (sound pressure) is what's most critical in this application. I have auditioned many ...
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Mixing amplified signals of a 2.1 amp and outputting them to 2 speakers

I would like to mix the dedicated bass output of this amp with both the left and right channels and output the respective combined signal (L+bass, R+bass) on a set of two 200W, 4 Ohm speakers. A ...
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What kind of cable for AUX should I use? [closed]

my room is under renovation and I'd like to hide all the wires of my hi-fi set under the floor. I have to choose cable to connect laptops out with amps aux in - it would be over 6 meters long. Would ...