Tekniikan Maailmalle - Letter to Tekniikan Maailma
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NAD 7225PE and 7240PE - Stereo
Theater HT 2.0!
'Home theater' is a term that
simply means watching films at home.
Unfortunately it has become a term
which many think MUST also mean rear surrounds, subwoofers,
center channels, etc.
Certainly if one would be able to
have a superb surround processor combined with 5-6
excellent, accurate speakers - both money- and space-wise -
But many have limited budgets and
limited space - but also believe the principles of high
fidelity must NOT be sacrificed. And they want to enjoy BOTH
films AND music.
These people should definitely
consider going for Home Theater 2.0 - and all that means is
having an excellent hi-fi amplifier or receiver and an
excellent pair of speakers.
A DVD can easily be connected -
using the 'stereo out' outputs on the DVD player and going
to the amplifier or receiver via 'aux' or 'video' or any
'line input.' The TV is connected to the DVD and the TV
sound should, of course, be turned OFF.
One can read many discussions of
which amplifier or receiver is best for film watching - and
which for music, This is total nonsense. Sound tracks should
be just as accurately reproduced as music. It's true that
many sound tracks are nothing special - but also many are
excellent and we should be able to enjoy them in full
fidelity. And even for 'ordinary' sound tracks, HIGH
fidelity improves enjoyment immeasurably.
When one takes 'X' amount of money
and tries to get 6 channels of excellent sound reproduction
, there is a great danger of getting six channels of poor
sound - especially as one also has to buy six speakers.
Beyond that, there is also the question of adequate space
and positioning of 6 channels.
And then what is the situation
where one wants to listen to music with this equipment?
Unfortunately, many find too late that the resulting
reproduction is not good - and that also the rear channels
are a waste or even worse- result in a very artificial sound
- and when they turn off the rear they find they are back to
2-channel anyhow - and the 2 channels they have are nowhere
near as good as if they had put their money into a 2 channel
system to begin with.
The solution we propose is an NAD
amplifier (NAD 3220PE) or receiver (NAD 7225PE/NAD7240PE)
and a pair of Acoustics of Finland AF-2 speakers; a total
price of 900-1100 Euros.
The result will be that you have
true HIGH-FIDELITY sound reproduction - both with regard to
the amplifier and the speakers. Music will be as good as the
original recordings - and sound tracks will have natural
sounding voices, sound effects and sound track music. Bass
frequencies of even 36 Hertz will come thru (-6 dB) - the
AF-2 goes lower than most speakers on the market of ANY size
and at ANY price! A subwoofer will hardly be 'needed' - and
in many cases a subwoofer will just add muddy bass
indiscriminately and camouflage the real
You will also have the possibility
to hook up an LP turntable , CD player (remember - a DVD
player will also play CD's!), a cassette deck - and with a
receiver you also have FM and AM. And you can listen to your
TV programs with a new fidelity - and, of course, your
Remember - the origin of the word
'stereo' is from the Greek word for 'solid' - so if you have
a good recording - either music or film - the WHOLE FRONT of
your room will be the sound stage - voices recorded in the
center will come from the center - and recorded left will
come from the left, etc. And your room will add a natural
ambience as the front sounds reflect off side and back
Come on in - and have a listen -
and we think you'll agree that 2 times quality is real
quality - and 6 times zero is still zero. :-)
PS - We got a call from the UK the
other day - the chap said he saw we had
fidelity speakers' - but
did we also have any 'home
entertainment speakers?' -
this should make it rather clear what kind of a scam Tokyo
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