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Glossary

  • Amplifier

    An electronic device which amplifies a signal that is sent to it, providing the power to make a speaker operate.


  • Cone

    The radiating area of the speaker, which moves the air, causing sound.


  • Crossover

    A complex series of resistors, capacitors and inductors, which is designed to separate the signals being sent to the speaker and send them to the appropriate driver. This protects the speakers from playing frequencies they are not capable of.


  • Efficiency

    Typically measured at 1 watt/1 meter, this measurement indicates how loud a speaker will play when one sends it 1 watt of amplifier power, and measures the volume when being 1 meter from the speaker. The only proper way to measure this is in an anechoic chamber, with the proper testing equipment.


  • Frequency Response

    The measurement oh how well a speaker reproduces every frequency in a human's audible spectrum. Since most humans can hear from approximately 20Hz to 20kHz (20 cycles per second which is deep bass, to 20,000 cycles per second which is very high frequencies), this measurement depicts how wide of a spectrum the speaker can reproduce. It is important to note that although some speakers can play a wide range of frequencies, the most important fact is ensuring it plays all frequencies at the same level. A speaker that, for example, reproduces more high frequencies than low frequencies will sound "bright" in comparison to speakers with a smooth response.


  • Impedance

    There are two major types of impedance, nominal and minimum. Unlike a resistor, a speaker does not have a constant "resistance", the impedance is always fluctuating as the speaker operates. The nominal impedance is the "resistance" that the speaker shows to the amplifier while the speaker is not moving. The minimum impedance is the lowest impedance that a speaker will exhibit, as it operates through its frequency range.


  • Magnet

    The magnet creates a magnetic field, which is constantly charged.


  • Omniguide

    Our patented Omniguide module (patent #6,996,243) is an ingenious design that involves two deflectors. While one small deflector rests on top of the speaker's tweeter, the tweeter itself is housed in a larger deflector, suspended over the midrange or woofer, depending on the design. The module disperses sound the way the ear and brain are accustomed to receiving it. Thirty percent of what our speakers deliver is direct sound. The other seventy percent is sound reflected off walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces for a completely immersive, 360° experience. So, no matter where you sit, the enveloping sound follows.


  • Omnipolar

    We introduced our Omnipolar technology in 2002, bringing unprecedented performance to a variety of speaker sizes and room positions. This 360° sound philosophy—achieved via a patented Omniguide module—works with your room, rather than against it, to create the proper proportion of direct and reflected sound. Being Omnipolar means our speakers embrace and optimize reflections; offer excellent imaging, width and depth; and perform optimally regardless of where they are placed in a room. In other words, they take full advantage of the fact they cannot be separated from your room. You get a completely immersive experience that permeates evenly throughout your entire listening environment. And your room is no longer a room—it's a jazz club, a film house, amphitheater or anyplace else your music and movies take you.  


  • Power Handling

    A measurement of how much power a speaker can accept. Since much of the signal sent to a speaker is converted into heat, this also relates to how much heat the speaker can dissipate. The Maximum Power rating is a measurement of how much clean power a speaker can accept, over a long period of time, without sustaining damage.


  • Ribbed Elliptical Surround

    Our patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround technology increases excursion, eliminates distortion and raises efficiency on our woofers and subwoofers. The Elliptical Surround encompasses the cone, allowing it to move identically in both directions, resulting in near zero distortion. And while conventional designs are often plagued with surround dimpling, which causes them to radiate in and out of phase and distort at all listening levels, our designs aren't influenced by dimpling at all. Our proprietary Ribbed Elliptical Surrounds allow for a larger cone surface, resulting in greater efficiency. This design also lets the cone achieve greater peak to peak movement, thus allowing it to travel more than double the distance of the competition. These attributes enable our woofers and subwoofers to move incredible amounts of air, ultimately allowing them to play lower frequencies with greater bass extension and fidelity. 


  • Tweeter

    A small driver, which plays the highest of frequencies. Its size limits the amount of power it can handle, as well as how low it can play.


  • Voice Coil

    Copper winding which amplifier current flows through, in turn causing a reaction with the magnet.


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