Foley: The Art of Going Unnoticed

What is Foley Sound? When you’re watching a film, the sound you hear coming from your speakers isn’t always the sound that was recorded on set. While filming a car chase scene, it is very unlikely that the sound recordist, no matter how skilled, will be able to capture every little detail. The sound of…

What is Surround Sound

Basics If you’ve ever experienced a surround sound system when watching a film or playing a video game you know how amazing they can be. They are often labelled 5.1 or 7.1, depending on how many speakers and channels in the system. 5.1 5.1 is comprised of six channels, each with their own mono speaker….

The Oldest Audiophile Argument

The question of “which is better, Analogue audio or Digital audio?”, is an old one, and one that has been argued about for years. Analogue audio is old and loved by many in the audio enthusiast world. Digital audio, on the other hand, is new and fangled, and sometimes frowned upon by the older audiophile…

Audio in Virtual Reality

As I’m sure you know, Virtual Reality, or VR, is becoming more and more relevant in today’s media. As the technology improves and the price tag shrinks, we should expect the idea of putting on a headset and immersing ourselves in a virtual world to become less ‘science fiction’, and more ‘science fact’. At Bayan,…

3 tips to make the most out of your SilverPoint speakers

Whether you are the proud owner of some SilverPoint multi-room speakers, or are entertaining the idea of grabbing yourself some, it’s always a good idea to know exactly what you’re working with. Here’s a quick rundown of how to get the absolute best experience out of the SilverPoint range and the clever little companion app,…

Bluetooth vs WiFi

Bluetooth and WiFi are both standards used with radio waves at ultra-high frequencies, capable of transmitting information over short distances with no need for a physical connection. They are very similar technologies, when it comes down to the physics, however their uses vary. Bluetooth Bluetooth is most often used when portability and simplicity is important….

Artificial Intelligence for Music

Artificial Intelligence is a computer program designed to think for itself, or learn from information fed to it. We can then use this program to create new material based on what it has learned. AI is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s technology industry. It allows greater automation of complex tasks, and allows technology…

Harmonics in sound

Frequency Facts As you know, all sound can be represented by a wave. Waves have a property called ‘Frequency’ which determines how high or low the pitch of the sound is. Generally, the human ear can hear sound that ranges from 20Hz (Hertz) all the way up to 20kHz (20,000Hz). Most sounds you hear are…

Phase Cancellation 1+-1=0

Warning! This one is going to be a little maths-y and a little science-y! Don’t worry though, it’s a lot simpler than you expect. HOW CAN WE DESCRIBE SOUND? Sound waves have a set of complex characteristics that determine what they sound like. However, the only two we need to know for now are Frequency,…

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…

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…

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….