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Tips for Choosing the Right Speakers

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Audio technology has completely transformed in the past ten years. Furthermore, the rapid advancements in the field  show no signs of stopping. From tangle-free green earphones to sound-blocking technology, this is only the beginning. While everyone’s happy to have more and better quality speaker options, it can be confusing when you’re trying to design your personal entertainment center. What are some important considerations when you’re looking to buy some speakers?

Portable and Static Setups

There are many different ways to listen to music. For some people, having a light, portable setup that offers more quality than laptop or phone speakers is enough. Being able to easily transport your speakers has become more technologically possible in recent years with the rise of bluetooth speakers. These speakers are less expensive than a big entertainment setup, and can easily follow you from room to room wirelessly. They also work well to take to a friend’s house or party.

However, these speakers are by nature small. Some people find portability a much less important consideration than sound quality. Larger, heavier speakers tend to offer a clearer sound and a more powerful baseline. If you’re looking to create a home entertainment center and have enough room, these kinds of speakers may be more appealing.

Room Considerations

If your speakers are going to stay in one room more of the time, it’s important to consider the room’s acoustics. Some rooms are more conducive to listening to music than others. The shape of the room, the materials the walls and floor are made of, and the furniture in the room are just a few of the factors which contribute to a room’s acoustics.

You can improve a room’s acoustics in most cases if you find yours aren’t up to snuff. However, also consider the size of the room. Your speakers have to comfortably fit in the room you’re putting them in. There also must be room for the wires the speakers need to function. Wires shouldn’t be all over the floor; this is a safety hazard.

Budget

One of the main considerations for purchasing speakers is the price. A speaker can run you anywhere from $30 to well over $1,000 depending on the brand, condition, and quality. Obviously, you want to get the highest quality sound for your money. One way to get a very high quality speaker affordably is to look for second hand speakers. Craigslist or your local pawn shop will likely have a lot of options. Used speakers can be in excellent condition, and are typically significantly cheaper than new speakers.

When you’re shopping around, work out a budget while you consider the speaker’s physical specifications.

Conclusion

Buying a new set of speakers is fun and rewarding. You may be shocked at the high quality audio your new speakers bring after you’ve gotten used to just using your computer or phone’s speakers. Do the proper research and you’ll find the perfect speaker set for your needs.

 

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5 Gifts That Help Keep a Man’s Desk Organized

Everybody wishes they were more organized. You hear it every New Year’s Eve – people’s resolutions are to lose weight, give up a vice, travel the world, and get more organized. But then real life takes over, you put on weight, don’t quit your voice, browse YouTube videos instead of maps, and let your workdesk look like the aftermath of a hurricane. Fortunately, the man who lets chaos has options to put things back in order. Here are five gifts that help keep a man’s desk organized.

1. Desk Caddy

Pens, paperclips and other paraphernalia are useful, but they’re always so small and easily scattered or lost. Help your man consolidate all his writing and filing implements with a revolving desk caddy. It’s small, so it won’t take up much room on his desk; and it revolves, so he won’t have to constantly shift it to get access to the rear compartments.

2. Overlap Tray

Balancing comfort and organization can be tricky, but with an overlap try, it might become a lot easier. If his desk is getting just a bit too cluttered, the overlap tray will give him enough room to lean back and get work done without feeling claustrophobic. The recessed arms allowing for storage of pens, accessories and even a coffee cup will make a man feel organized – even if he really isn’t. This may be one of the more odd graduation gifts to purchase, but the luxury it offers is unparalleled.

3. File Box

Papers make the world go around, and files help us keep those papers together. What keeps the files together? That’s where a file box comes in handy. Get that stack of files off the desk and into a box, where they can be neatly arranged and pulled out only when needed, not unnecessarily take up space long after they’ve been used. A file cabinet is a similarly great idea, but a file box might be a preferred option if space is at a premium.

4. Post-It Holder

Post-Its are great, aren’t they? Scribble a note, stick the paper somewhere, and you’ve got a reminder. But what do you do when you can’t find a pad of Post-Its? Or a pen? Imagine if you always knew where you could easily, and simply, just pull off a piece of Post-It paper, and a pen was always there. That’s why a Post-It Holder makes for a great gift. Your man can download all the organization apps his smartphone can handle, but Post-Its will never go out of style, and the holder will always keep them there.

5. Stacking Organizer Trays

On a busy desk, preserving space is paramount, so anything that can stack is very welcome. Anything that provides some form of organization and stacks is a winner. With a set of stacking organizer trays, a man can have all his documents, stationery and accessories neatly arranged when needed, and easily put away when not.

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Pump Up the Volume with These Pumps

Gimme Tunes Shoe Speakers“Turn up the music”, “pump up the jam”, or “play some rocking beats”, are just some of the many phrases we use to express our love for great tunes. Let’s face it; our favorite songs just don’t sound the same unless the volume is turned all the way up causing us to sing at the top of our lungs. Many of us love to blast our stereos and CD players, but like most dated music devices, they have big clunky speakers that are hard on the eyes; and although most gadgets today are small giving us the convenience we love, it makes it much more difficult for us to “pump up the volume.”

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5 Amazing Creations Built By 3D Printers

sPro 230 SLS system makes an Atom 3D Printed Bass Guitar

Inkjet printers have been around since the 1950’s and have been useful to us by reproducing our digital images, and documents. With the use of black or colored ink, printers have taken our written work from the computer; put it onto paper and into our hands. With today’s technological advancements, printers have branched out from only printing paper, to creating 3D replicas of everyday objects.

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Technology Designed With Users In Mind

It wasn’t too long ago when people had to adjust to complex technology tools and had to learn how they functioned; now, it’s the other way around. In today’s digital world, technology studies the needs and wants of people and its gadgets are designed around the user’s experience.

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Why Cleaning Your Gadgets Is Important

Germs are everywhere and there really is no way to avoid them completely, but it does help to clean the gadgets you use and share with others on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it seems gadgets are cleaned most often when dirt and grease can be seen on them, but germs are there long before then.

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How to Install a Security System Yourself

These days, getting a home security system doesn’t need to be an expensive, messy, complicated commitment. Gone are the days where you needed a professional to come into your home and spend hours wiring up a needlessly complex system, as these days anyone can install their own wireless system without drilling a single hole in their wall! These alarm systems can even be quickly uninstalled and moved to a new house or apartment when the homeowner or renter moves.

Do-it-yourself home security isn’t as makeshift or unsecure as it sounds. Using patented technology, companies like LifeShield have created systems that are meant to be self-contained and simple-to-use. These home security companies have revolutionized security by designing new wireless equipment that can be self-installed while still incorporating the important security and safety elements like 24/7 fire and burglary monitoring, mobile access, loud alarms and video surveillance. Continue reading How to Install a Security System Yourself

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The Evolution of Knowledge Management

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As technology continues to make data storage components smaller and yet able to hold more, the processes and equipment used in knowledge management are becoming much more efficient. As a result, the amount of data that people, companies, and even governments attempt to manage are also growing very quickly.

It wasn’t always like this. There was a time when even a sentence could take a long time to put on a “device” that would be able to store it for extended periods of time. Imagine writing on stone tablets.

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