Decibels; The Power of Sound

What we perceive as sound is longitudinal oscillations of pressure waves travelling through the air and the decibel rating of the sound is dictated by the how big those waves are – their amplitude. Decibels are logarithmic so the decibel scale can seem confusing at first, but if we consider the sound of a jet…

How Music Helps Plants Grow

Have you ever wondered if plants have feelings or if they can feel pain? Someone who is skeptical would say this is ridiculous. Despite this, there are several studies that show plants may in fact respond, like most human beings, to sound. The study that proved most interesting was by Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, an…

Music Therapy

There are many healers on this Earth. We tend to sway towards mass made big pharma products over those that are freely, and naturally available to us. But actually the Earth is abundant with natural remedies and medicines and they don’t always take the forms that you might expect. Music, is a healer. A proven…

How Speaker Material Affects Your Sound

Which material is best when making a speaker? Making speakers that sound exceptional and retain stable performance is a mixture of art and science. When shopping around for speakers, you are sure to find all kinds of materials used to make the enclosure (the part that holds it all together). While many modern speakers are…

Music; a Competitive Edge.

Do you use music during a workout? Before a game? An exam? If you do, you are not alone, if you don’t then you should. Different genres of music generate different reactions in us. Some force focus, some make us move and some increase adrenaline. Which is why music is such a vital part to…

What is Spotify Connect?

What is Spotify Connect? Spotify has a tonne of features, though some of the fancier ones, such as Spotify Connect, are limited to users who pay up. Spotify Connect is a relatively new feature (or rather a new button in the Spotify app) that enables you to play tunes from Spotify’s catalogue – but through Wi-Fi-connected speakers, TVs, laptops, and other…

Internet Radio

Internet Radio: Broadcasting on the World Wide Web From the 1920s to the early 1990s, the only way to listen to radio shows was to tune your radio in to whatever was being broadcast in the air around you. Your radio would receive a signal being transmitted through the atmosphere from a large broadcasting tower…

A History of Headphones

The History of Headphones We often take the process of evolution for granted. It is in everything, ourselves as a race and individuals included. Everything on this Earth has evolved from something, a tree from a seed, an empire from an idea, a headphone from arm strain. By 1881, speakers had been around for some…

Why do we dance to music?

Every time that I listen to a piece of music that I love, I tend to imagine how I would dance to it, the sequence of steps that I would do, even if in real life I cannot perform them. For me, dancing is freedom, it is an expression of what you are feeling when…

Sound Pressure & Volume

Sound Pressure and Volume The human ear hears pressure – not volume. The difference between the two is that the closer to the source of the sound you are, the more pressure you will hear, and conversely the further away you get from the source of sound, the lower the pressure. As you increase the…

What do you want from music?

What do you want out of music? We listen to it daily, but why? What is it that we’re really looking for in it? For me, I want music to accompany me. It should provide comfort, cheer, hope, fear and every other emotion when I need it, and it does, every time. Music evokes the…

Wireless: Choosing the System for You

What you need to know about wireless speakers, and how to choose the system that suits you best. Selecting a new speaker system to purchase has become an increasingly complex and sometimes confusing process. There are a lot of decisions to me made when it comes to finding the right combination of features and connectivity….