Are Guitar & Bass Amplifiers Mono Or Stereo Devices?
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Are Guitar & Bass Amplifiers Mono Or Stereo Devices?

Electric guitars and basses are naturally mono instruments, but the music they’re used in is most often in stereo. So then, it makes sense that there would be some confusion as to whether guitar/bass amplifiers are mono or stereo. Are guitar amplifiers mono or stereo devices? Electric guitars and bass guitars are naturally mono instruments,…

Are Audio Amplifiers Analog Or Digital Devices?
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Are Audio Amplifiers Analog Or Digital Devices?

The first commercial digital audio recordings were released in 1971, and since then, listeners have been amplifying these recordings to enjoy them through speakers and headphones. Nowadays, most of the audio people listen to is digital (even with the resurgence of analog audio vinyl records), which begs the question of whether amps are digital devices…

Complete Guide To Microphone Preamplifier Specifications
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Complete Guide To Microphone Preamplifier Specifications

If you’re familiar with microphones, you’ll know that they require preamplifiers to boost their relatively low-strength output signals to usable levels. Microphone preamps come in various shapes and sizes and are defined by a list of specifications. What are microphone preamplifier specifications? Mic preamp specifications, shown on specifications/datasheets and product pages, are pieces of information that…

What Is Amplifier Slew Rate & Does It Affect Performance?
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What Is Amplifier Slew Rate & Does It Affect Performance?

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, you’ve likely been confused about the slew rate specification on an amplifier specifications sheet and want to know more about this rare and odd data point. What is amplifier slew rate, and how does it affect performance? Amplifier slew rate is a measurement of how quickly an amplifier is…

What Is Damping Factor Between An Amplifier & Loudspeaker?
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What Is Damping Factor Between An Amplifier & Loudspeaker?

The damping factor is one of many equations that applies to audio equipment. When discussing the relationship between audio outputs (particularly amplifiers) and audio inputs (particular loudspeakers), the damping factor is somewhat lesser considered rating but important to know nonetheless. What is the damping factor between an amplifier and a loudspeaker? Damping factor (DF) is…

Complete Guide To Power Amplifier Specifications & Data
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Complete Guide To Power Amplifier Specifications & Data

Whether separate units or built into other audio equipment (speakers, integrated amps, etc.), power amplifiers are critical components in any loudspeaker setup. With so many power amp options, it’s good to know how to read their specifications to get a good idea of how each amp will perform. What are power amplifier specifications? Power amplifier specifications,…

What Is Amplifier Impedance? (Actual Vs. Rated Impedance)
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What Is Amplifier Impedance? (Actual Vs. Rated Impedance)

Impedance is a confusing topic when it comes to amplifiers, speakers and pretty much all other audio devices. If you’ve ever wondered what the ohm (Ω) rating meant on your amp and how it affects the amp’s performance in a system, this is the article for you! What is amplifier impedance? Audio amplifiers have inputs…