TO THE AUDIO/STEREO
AND INFORMATION CENTER
goal here at STI is make you into a fully armed and dangerous audio/stereo
consumer. To attain this exalted condition, you will need to know the
terminology, the technology, the schemes
and tricks of the automotive stereo trade, and gain some
knowledge on the unique aspects of Home
Stereo Systems as well.
this website, you will find more than you ever wanted to know about
audio/stereo equipment and systems but were afraid to ask. If you take
a look at the navigation bar above, you will see that you can move around
in this section quickly to find out what you need to know about speakers,
amplifiers, speaker boxes & enclosures, and just about anything
else. To help get you started, here's a little preview of exactly what
you will find here.
(Understanding Audio Terminology)
Ever wonder exactly what "MAX Power" means as opposed to "RMS?"
Or what about "VAS," "dB," "THD," and
all those other terms audiophiles tend to throw around? You will find
all these answers and many many more in our Glossary. The Glossary is
basically a dictionary of audio terms, with easy-to-understand explanations
of what they mean.
Power The first requisite for any car audio system is to
make sure your vehicle has the electrical capacity to handle the demands
of your dream system.
In the Speakers section you will find perhaps the most comprehensive
explanation of the what, why, and how-to when it comes to speakers.
Starting off with a some clear advice on how
to choose the right speaker for your purposes, we follow with
an illustrated explanation of exactly how speakers work and why. Next,
we explain what the various types of speakers and crossovers are and
what they are supposed to do. Then, vital information on correctly calculating
impedances. And finally, for the very serious audiophile, we
explain the what and wherefore of Theil/Small
Parameters, the specifications you need to undersand in order
to create the perfect speaker system and enclosure.
BOXES & ENCLOSURES
Whether you are buying or building a speaker box for your car or an
enclosure for your home, you will find everything you need to know in
this section. From a information on how to determine the perfect interior
volume for various types and sizes of speakers, to a program you can
download that will calculate all this for you, we offer expert advice
on enclosures of all types.
Finally, we give a comprehensive explanation of amplifiers--what they
do, how they do it, and which one would be just right for your needs.
For the confusing matter of power, we have a page on, What's
a Watt? We also provide plenty of information on generalinstallation issues with tips on wire
gauges, dealing with noise,
and impedance matching.