Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Yet More Helpful Links

Well, I'm in a bit of a crunch, as I need to finish some papers to turn in before the end of the quarter. Hence, more semi-lame filler. More verbose audio goodness should, however, follow after the break.

The following are excellent places to visit if you need help with speakers and audio, and I highly suggest you check them out.

1. Speakchat
Speakchat.net is home of the Speakchat java chatroom. (It's not actually IRC, if you're wondering.) While not the most popular of chatrooms, it's the hangout of a few extremely knowledgable individuals, including WmAx and AndyG. Just click the "chat" button in the upper left, and you're done!

2.DIYaudio
The DIYaudio forums have been for years a major center of all DIY audio building and design. Wether you're into single-driver speakers or complex class-A solid-state amplifers, you'll find a variety of experts on it here. Also featured is a sub-forum dedicated to the excellent work of Nelson Pass, who himself posts there on a regular basis.

3. Audiokarma
Audiokarma is the home of a lot of old-school audio enthusiasts. If you want information on your vintage Halfler amp or need to repair your Pioneer HPM-100's, this is the place to go. It's also a frugal audiophile's paradise - with a little work and combing of Goodwill stores, it's possible to get stereo equipment superior to that sold at Best Buy for a fraction of the price.

4.DIYmobileaudio
DIY Mobile Audio is the hangout of car-audio enthusiasts who do it the right way: using high-quality drivers and custom crossovers. If you want to get a serious sound system in your car without a massive drain on your wallet, this is the place to do it.

5.Parts Express "Tech Talk"
While less formal than the more complex bulletin-board system employed by the other listed forums, Tech Talk is a useful resource nonetheless. If you need a quick question answered - or just want to look at other people's designs - this is a great place to go. Also easily found is information on Parts Express' clearance drivers, and assorted very inexpensive speaker designs based around them.

Finally, feel free to E-mail me any questions you may have. I'm still learning as I go along, but I'll help to the best of my ability.




2 comments:

Dick said...

Thanks for these links and interesting blog - subscribed.

>> It's also a frugal audiophile's paradise - with a little work and combing of Goodwill stores, it's possible to get stereo equipment superior to that sold at Best Buy for a fraction of the price. <<

I'll second that note on the Audiokarma.org site - the motto is "All Audio, No Attitude", and it's true. I've received some great tips for hunting down great vintage audio equipment and then how to get the most from the units, cleaning, simple repairs, etc.

Wotcher said...

Audiokarma is a great place. (Just stay away from the "Thinking Out Loud" section).

I'll second that reccomendation. While it's hard to beat a home-made amplifier, it's often much, much cheaper - and easier - just to get a high-quality Sansui from the early 80's.