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Does it matter which jack I plug into on an unpowered loudspeaker?

The connectors are simply there to allow you to daisy chain speakers. You can go in one and out the other. The order does not matter at all as it is just a basic parallel circuit with the drivers in ...
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How to connect Powered Subwoofer to Mixer?

At first I was reluctant to answer this question, as I believe in order to do this properly, will cost more than the value of said sub-woofer. However as nobody else has commented, I will give you ...
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Monitors and Audio Interface

The audio interface would be used instead of your sound card. The laptop itself shouldn't play a role in the quality of the sound. (Though it can happen... see @left's comment below) The sound ...
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Why aren't amplifiers aimed AWAY from the audience on live shows?

First off… pros don't just decide they want to turn their amp up halfway through a gig. That's what sound crews are for; there's one guy whose job it is to make sure everyone on stage can hear ...
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Inches vs Watts on speakers, what does it mean? What is the difference?

The way I look at it is that the speaker is an air pump. The larger the diaphragm, the more air that can potentially be pumped. However, the larger the pump, the more resistant to moving the air it ...
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How do speakers which are silent from the back work?

The M3D sub you mentioned includes a technical description of the function directly on the product page. A pair of 18-inch drivers is mounted at the front of the cabinet, and works in conjunction ...
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Why does a single speaker have two inputs?

An electronic circuit is what the name implies - a circuit. For it to work there has to be a continuous unbroken loop from the power source (in this case the amplifier) through the load (the coils in ...
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Convert traditional HiFi to wireless?

First, you will need to provide a power amplifier for each different speaker cabinet. You did not mention what model you have so we don't know what power, what kind of processing, etc. you would need. ...
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Speaker Enclosure Material

MDF has very good acoustic properties at a low price. But it is heavy and does not hold up well to being bumped around. Also doesn't do well in moist environments. It is not used for pro portable ...
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Will four identical speakers wired in series and parallel behave identical to one speaker (but able to handle more power)?

Electrically, yes. Acoustically no. You also have to take into consideration the physical effects of having multiple point-sources of audio, specifically the way that each point-source interacts with ...
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How do speakers work?

There's quite a few ways this question can be answered, but perhaps the most concise way to do it is to ask you to consider the properties of waves in general. You understand that in order to produce ...
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Amplifier + Speakers setup

You are correct in assuming that the speakers can only withstand the peak power for very short periods of time. The VP2520 is a 4 Ω speaker. Looking at the technical specs of the amp, it seems the ...
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Using home cinema speakers with desktop audio interface

You are probably trying to connect passive speakers to line out level outputs, therefore the low acoustic level. What you need is a four channels power amplifier with 4 ohms speakers outputs.
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How to fix loud thunderous noise from Peavey PA system?

This is most likely an issue related to microphone cable, connectors or wireless receiver. Try the following to determine the source of the error: Test amplifier Connect amp and speakers only - NO ...
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Amazon Echo - Woofer above Tweeter in Speakers

Sound doesn't really care about gravity, so there aren't nevessarily implications. The main problem there could be is vibrations: a low-lying woofer can more easily be held stable in place. But that's ...
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How do the outputs on this audio interface work?

It's generally expected that you do a little bit of research before asking questions here and that you only ask one question. In this case the manual for this device answers the question quite clearly....
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Label on speaker reads "120W(MUSIC), 60W(DIN)." What does this mean?

"Music" power is a rating that has its closest analogs in "RMS" power or "continuous" power handling. That means it is a long-term rating based on the speaker's capability to dissipate heat that is ...
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device that shoots audio which can only be heared by the target

Yes, and these already exist in various forms, from sound weapons to localised 'personal' audio devices. The vast majority use a parabolic reflector, as you correctly surmised. Some background here. ...
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What type of speakers and speaker cable should I use to connect to my Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD audio interface outputs?

The Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD has 2 x 1⁄4 inch TRS output sockets(L/R). You need monitors for a start. Studio monitors are basically speakers with a refined, flat response i.e. a clean sound. ...
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Matching amplifier with speaker with unknown wattage

Well, it's like a game of Blackjack: to know the answer for sure, you'd have to bust your speakers. If you have any amplifier at home or that you can borrow for a while, connect the speakers, put ...
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Why am I hearing weird static nosie on my speakers

I have figured out the problem. We had a netgear wifi router connected to the mixer. It is supposed to enable wireless connectivity to our mixer. If I turned that off, the mic signal doesnt drop and ...
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How do I fix bass on earbuds and speakers?

This is why studio monitors used in recording produce neutral sound as close to 1:1 as possible. Consumer audio gear, either because of being cheap or because of being intentionally biased, have a ...
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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

There are a number of factors involved here but mainly frequency response, transient response, signal to noise ratio (S/N) and total harmonic distortion (THD). Frequency response is largely dependent ...
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Convert speaker stereo mix to headphone

You could have a look into processing the recordings with the help of a binaural panning tool such as the one included in Logic. You would import the two channels of your audio files as two seperate ...
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Can speakers wear out?

Absolutely yes they can; depending on the construction both the cone and surround (if different material) will breakdown and degrade over time. The voice coil can also wear from heat and movement, or ...
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What is the best way to play inaudible sound?

That depends on the speaker model and how it implements audio detection in the auto turn off mechanism. If it is a digitally connected speaker it may be enough playing a wavefile with silence in it. ...
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Whine from speakers when there is no audio playing

Computers are notorious for creating various types of electronic noise. When you use the internal sound card of the computer a lot of this electronic noise will be sent out on the audio cable and can ...
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