How to Choose the Right Subwoofer

Starpower How To Choose The Right Subwoofer

How to Choose the Right Subwoofer

So you’re shopping for a home theater subwoofer? I will be the first to admit to choosing a subwoofer can be a confusing task. So let’s get a few things straight, and hopefully, we can make your subwoofer shopping experience a tad easier.


How Subwoofers Work in a Home Theater or Media Room

Most basic home audio systems and home theater amplifiers have regular floor-standing speakers. This system is all that is necessary when listening to music. But when watching a film, the LFE (Low-Frequency Effects) channel is unable to produce the full effects of the film’s bass through these regular speakers. The LFE is an audio channel specifically designed and reserved for the bass produced in movies.

A home theater subwoofer operates through the LFE channel and allows for an incredible audio experience. Now here is where it gets confusing. The first decision you need to make before choosing a subwoofer is how you want your room arranged. Do you have the room for a large sub? Do you want to be able to hide the sub in the corner? These questions are important because this will help you choose whether you would like a front firing sub or a downward firing sub. Do not let these names confuse you; there is actually very little difference in the sound quality of the two. The forward firing subwoofer is smaller and can be placed anywhere in the room except for flat against the wall. The downward firing subwoofer has a simpler design and can be placed literally anywhere in the room.


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Subwoofers At StarpowerStarpower Subwoofers
Starpower has curated a series of subwoofers that will give your room a heart-pounding, deep and beautiful sound you want. The type of sound that lets your guests know you’re serious about your sound. Your friends will be jealous. Your neighbors, well…that’s a different story. From Klipsch to SVS, Martin Logan to SONOS, we’ve got the subwoofer you want.


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Home Surround Sound | What System Is Best For You?

Starpower Home Surround Sound | What System Is Best For You?


We all know that somewhere deep inside of us there is a rock star, dramatic actress or star athlete hiding away, daring to come out. With high-performance and heart-pounding sound, the new state-of-the-art surround sound systems for homes today transform the living room into an easily accessible and more comfortable movie theater.

There is a surround sound system for every type of space, with one simple Starpower consultation, it won’t take long to decide which surround speakers are best for you. The most commonly owned sound systems for homes that include a surround sound package for a room wired for music, is a 5.1. These numbers (5.1, 6.1, 7.1) actually refer to the number of available sound channels, but also refers to the number of actual speakers present. 6.1 surround speakers are becoming the standard for most home theaters. Upgrading to surround sound 7.1 provides the consumer with the most detailed sound effects available at this time. When surround speakers are set up properly with a 7.1 there is less loss of sound. It is a common complaint of consumers that with the 5.1 and 6.1 those sitting outside of the “sweet spot” do not get the total effect of the sound.  Surround sound 7.1 has two speakers more than the 5.1 and allows for a larger “sweet spot.”

Is the 7.1 right for you? Well, this depends on the size of the room you plan to install the system in. A standard sized room would be best suited with a 5.1, but if your room is large enough to accompany the volume, and the extra speakers of the surround sound 7.1, then this system will definitely make you proud.

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Speaker Systems | James Loudspeaker | In the World of Speakers, You Get What You Pay For

Starpower Speaker Systems | James Loudspeaker | In The World Of Speakers, You Get What You Pay For

Why Invest in a James Loudspeaker Speaker System?

The last time you visited your favorite, upscale steakhouse, you might have found yourself gasping at the bill. If anything, I bet that was your only complaint, if you had one at all. But most likely, after pondering the overall experience, ambiance, and taste and compare it to that of a lower-end steakhouse, you probably realized it was worth it…right?

That’s many people feel about James Loudspeaker speaker systems. When it’s the best of the best, you are dealing with the highest quality of ingredients, service, and ambiance. The surround sound speakers produced by James Loudspeaker are no exception. James Loudspeaker uses the finest materials in order to give you sound which remains untouched by other lower-end cheap speakers.

What Makes the James Loudspeaker Speaker System So Great?

James Loudspeaker Home Theater Audio

Aside from their high-quality materials, James has some ingenious designs among their decorative speakers. Their in-wall surround sound speakers have been said to send a vibration through the very foundation of a home. Imagine how amazing that would be while watching an action thriller in your home theater? Amazing! (Photo Credit:


Outdoor Speakers: James Loudspeaker

And if you are into disguising your outdoor speakers, there is no better company to trust with the task then Star-power and James Loudspeaker.

James Loudspeaker Outdoor Speakers

As an example, check out this teakwood box speaker. It has an opening where you can plant flowers but hides as a speaker system. Your guests will never be able to tell.



James Loudspeaker at Starpower

Whether you need decorative speakers, camouflage speakers like this one, in-wall, freestanding, landscaping…you name it…James Loudspeaker has one for every lifestyle and Starpower can provide you with the official hook-up.  Literally.

Go by your local Star-power and talk to a sales consultant about James Loudspeaker speaker systems. They are going to be able to give you the best price around for a cool set of James Loudspeakers, and you will be able to hear for yourself why they are among the best.

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About Starpower Surround Sound and Speaker Systems

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Starpower Feature: Marantz Amplifiers

Starpower Starpower Feature: Marantz Amplifiers

Marantz Amplifiers Available at Starpower

Not very long ago I decided that I needed a new amplifier for my media room. I knew that I wanted a very high-quality amplifier but that I didn’t want to pay an outrageous price. I also knew that simplicity was of the utmost importance though I was not at all willing to sacrifice the quality of the sound for it. I began to do some research, and stumbled across Marantz.  Marantz is an amplifier company that produces amazing hi-fi amplifiers amps with outstanding components at prices lower than many of their competitors.

Marantz states the following about their line of amps: “Integrated amplifiers are the best choice for anyone looking for superb performance without the complexity or cost of a comparable receiver or preamplifier/power amplifier combination.” After reading this, I knew that a Marantz amplifier would soon be sitting in my media room. I also knew I was going to tell you about it immediately! Below are some of their best amplifiers with some details about them. If you want to see for yourself why Marantz amplifiers got me fired up, go by Starpower and check it out for yourself.


Marantz NR1607 


Marantz M-Cr603

The NR1607 is a 7.2-channel receiver rated at 50 watts per channel at eight ohms, from 20 to 20 kHz. This networkable receiver features AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, with a variety of integrated music streaming services and hi-res audio support. The NR1607 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (via a future firmware update), as well as all the latest video technologies: Ultra HD upscaling, HDR, Rec2020 color, and more.

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Consumer Review: 4.5/5 stars 



7.2 channel slim-design A/V Receiver with 50W per channel
3D and 4K Ultra HD/60Hz full rate pass-through with HDR, BT.2020, 4:4:4 Pure Color support
8 HDMI inputs
Built-in Bluetooth(R) and Wi-Fi. Streaming Content; Airplay, vTuner Internet Radio, Pandora, SiriusX
Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2), DTS:X ready (via firmware update). Odyssey MultEQ with Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ

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Marantz SR5011


Marantz Na7004

The Marantz SR5011 is capable of handling your movies as well as music with equal finesse. The sound is open, natural and superbly detailed. Dolby Atmos makes the movie soundtracks sound even more real with its surround sound technology.

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CNet Review: 4/5 stars 



4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through and 4:4:4 color resolution
Networking: AirPlay, Internet Radio, Pandora, Spotify Connect, Sirius XM. DLNA 1.5
Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support (NEW) and Bluetooth
8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) and 2 HDMI outputs with full HDCP 2.2 support
Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2)
DTS:X ready (via future firmware update)

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Starpower offers a variety of hi-fi amplifiers online and in-store.

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About Starpower Home Theater and Audio Video

Home Theater and home audio video retailer, Starpower, was established in Dallas, Texas in 1995. For more than two decades, Starpower has provided the finest audio, video, and home theater equipment to our customers throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix/Scottsdale areas.

Take Control of your Sound System with Sonos

Starpower Take Control Of Your Sound System With Sonos

Sound Systems and Home Automation in Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ

Imagine managing your entire sound system throughout your house with one control. This my friends, is the Sonos sound system — the latest and greatest feature in home automation and home entertainment. All of the different pieces of the Sonos sound system can be controlled globally on your tablet or smart phone to play a single radio station or allow you to choose individual stations in each room!


SONOS Sound System

Sonos sound system makes listening to music fun and easy. Your phone or tablet app will display each unit of the Sonos sound system in your living space. You can wirelessly control every piece of the Sonos sound system in your house from a Mac, PCSonos Control or download the free app to your tablet or smart phone. This is such a great feature because of the element of individual control. Have every player in the house play the same music or chose different songs in different rooms —  it’s all up to you!


How to Get Started with Sonos

Getting started with Sonos is easy. You can start with the basics and grow your system, or you can go all in. Start with a Play:1 and a Sonos Connect and then expand the system wirelessly everywhere throughout your living space. You can start with one room and one player-connect your first device to a router and play all your favorite music instantly. Take it to the next level and add more players to a room and play them together in stereo.

Sonos sound system allows you to add players to as many rooms as you want! These players are all linked wirelessly together to give you the control you desire! Do you already have a stereo or home theater in your house? No problem! Use the Sonos Connect player and let it stream all the music you want!

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The Sonos Sound System:

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  • Sonos Bridge (BR100) – This unit is the centerpiece of the entire system. It connects to your wireless router with an internet cable and allows over $100,000 internet radio stations including, some that you would otherwise have to pay subscription fees to enjoy.
  • Sonos Controller (CR200) – This is a remote control unit that will control the system. The free downloadable app for the iphone and tablet has the same function as the controller.
  • Sonos Charging Controller (CC200) – For use with the controller
  • Sonos Wireless Dock (WD100) – This unit is for connection of a 4th generation music player to your system for access to your playlist
  • Sonos Powered Stereo Amp (ZP120) – This unit is to connect stereo speakers and a subwoofer. Is it the only stand-alone stereo unit available
  • Sonos Non-Amp Zone Player (ZP90) – This unit is used to connect to a separate amp/tuner to distribute signal to speakers connected to the amp/tuner
  • Sonos Play 5 (S5)- This self-amplified unit has 5 built in speakers. Just plug it in, follow the connection instructions contained in the settings feature of your phone app and it’s ready to go. It can be used with another Play 5 in the same room to provide stereo sound
  • Sonos Play 3 (S3) – This is also a self-amplified unit that has 3 built in speakers


Shop Sonos at Starpower

Stop by the closest Starpower today and get control of your sound. Let us show you how Sonos can make it happen easily and seamlessly.  Starpower has locations throughout the Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona areas.

Music to One’s Ears

Starpower Music To One'S Ears

If you read my some of my past blogs, then you probably saw the one about SONOS, the really cool system that allows you to listen to music from several different sources in any room of the house.  Well I’m excited to talk about something very similar EXCEPT with this system you don’t have to have a box sitting somewhere in your house. Box or no box, the SONOS is absolutely cool and an amazing device to have, but with all of the products on the market today, it doesn’t stop and end there.

For those of you who didn’t have a chance to read the SONOS blog, let me back up a step and introduce multi-room audio. Multi-room audio is the ability to listen to music via almost unlimited sources (CD, IPODSIRIUS, Pandora etc.) in any room of your house.  You can also listen from a different source in each room. Mom can rock out to the oldies in the gym, Dad can clean the pool to Merle in the back yard, and brother and sister can study while jamming to the latest and greatest in their I-libraries in their bedrooms.

One system that I find very intriguing is the Russound System. This system is fantastic because it is built into the walls of a new home, or can still be built into the walls of an existing home. This system does not take up any room on your desk or dresser, and all you ever see is the panel on the wall of each room you want it in. This multi-room audio is top notch because it can also serve as an intercom system.  Talk about serious automation.

Of course, Starpower Home Entertainment always has several brands to choose from, so if your sold on the idea of a multi-room audio system but want to examine your options, then stop by your nearest Starpower today and start talking about your first step towards wireless audio to suit everyone’s style.

Turn your family down and your show up? It’s time to reverse that!

Starpower Turn Your Family Down And Your Show Up? It’s Time To Reverse That!

We have been blogging for months about how important it is to have excellent audio in your home media room and how it doesn’t make sense to have an excellent media room without excellent sound. I recently read an article that gave me new insight into the reasons ALL of us need great speakers in our media room and I want to share some of this with you, our Starpower fans!

First of all, televisions are being made better than ever before as far as the picture is concerned. They have also been made thinner for the sake of convenience. If you put these two modern features together, but don’t attached a great set of speakers with them, you are doing yourself and everyone in the room an injustice. Just as you deserved that outstanding TV, you deserve great audio to go right along with it.

Television and movie producers pack so much sound into their shows and films that it is impossible to hear all of the details we were meant to hear with simple television speakers. Some of the background sound effects that are in every movie are easily missed without an effective surround sound system in place. Even a cheap surround sound system can offer you better quality than nothing.

But if you have the budget to do it right, then let Starpower set your heart on a set of speakers that will change your movie watching experience forever. We know our brands and we get the latest and greatest product information from some of the most outstanding audiophiles.

We would like to suggest a few speakers and best surround sound systems that we consider the top 5 in audio systems:

  • JBL Synthesis
  • Marantz
  • Klipsch
  • Pioneer
  • Harmon Kardon Speakers

Another tip to remember is that you shouldn’t be intimidated by the old fashioned 5.1 speakers with 6 pieces and cords everywhere. We can now go all the way up to a 7.1 surround sound with no visible wires and sleek thin stylish bodied speakers.  Get the best surround sound system that works for your media room—check out the 7.1 surround sound features and other speaker systems on the Starpower showroom floor.

Stop turning up your television and asking everyone to hush when your favorite television show is on, come get a speaker system that will make you proud and I guarantee you won’t have to turn your family down and your show up ever again.

JBL Synthesis Project Array!

Starpower Jbl Synthesis Project Array!

JBL Synthesis Project Array

On display at Starpower Dallas right now is a product by JBL Synthesis called The Synthesis Project Array System. You will not want to miss out on the opportunity to come and see, touch and test this outstanding speaker product.

This system is super unique for two reasons: 1) JBL Synthesis has long been considered the best in high-fidelity commercial use speakers and 2) Project Array is a JBL Synthesis high-fidelity speaker built for your residence for the first time ever.

JBL and Starpower

Since 1960 JBL Synthesis has been producing speakers that are of great quality that have earned great respect. Whether you realize it or not, JBL Synthesis speakers have most likely been a part of your life because they are widely used in theaters, at press conferences, in mega churches, and at concerts. Starpower is extremely proud to offer you the opportunity to test out this product before you take it home, but even more proud to be able to offer you JBL Synthesis for your personal space.

The JBL Synthesis Project Array System is the highest quality home theater surround sound system that has yet graced the market, and with the reputation they have, it’s a purchase that will not be regretted. Here are some cool details about this exceptional speaker product:

There are three systems to choose from:

The 800, the 1000, the 1400 — the difference is both in the size, and the punch they pack.

Each has a pure titanium compression driver complete with aluminum edge-wound voice coil, mounted in SonoGlass constant-directivity horn.

Each system is made with the finest grade materials, in an unconventional design that has proven to be more efficient than any before it.

Come by and see the JBL Synthesis Project Array System for yourself. You can’t beat investing your money in a product that comes complete with an awesome reputation.  If this particular speaker isn’t exactly what you need, ask Starpower about the other JBL Synthesis speaker products. From amps, speakers and subwoofers to unique auxiliary products from this exceptional vendor, you will not be disappointed. See you soon!


About Starpower Home Theater and Audio Video

Home Theater and home audio video retailer, Starpower, was established in Dallas, Texas in 1995. For more than two decades, Starpower has provided the finest audio, video, and home theater equipment to our customers throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix/Scottsdale areas.

My “Bigger is Better…Best Bang for the Buck” Pick!

Starpower My “Bigger Is Better…Best Bang For The Buck” Pick!

As a master of “best bang for the buck” shopping it is not often that I claim “bigger is better.” But occasionally there is just no other way to look at electronics. Especially when the bigger product is better, and more affordable!

My “bigger is better…best bang for the buck” product of the month is the Pioneer SP-PK21BS speaker system. The best way to compare what I am talking about is to suggest you take a look at the picture I’m posting with this article. This select group of home theater components are among some of the top rated speaker and surround sound systems on the market today.

The Pioneer SP-PK21BS speaker system offers outstanding sound with clear, crisp bass and exceptional clarity. This home theater audio system is a 5.1 surround sound satellite subwoofer system and it is noticeably larger than other more classic 5.1 surround sound systems. It is being reviewed as one of the best speaker sytstems among bloggers, consumers, and CNET reviewers. The only complaint so far is its size. Though the size of this set is a bit larger than some of the other new speakers that are on electronic showroom floors, it is not stopping audio buffs from making this top find purchase. As I have mentioned before, smaller speakers are not always the best speaker systems. They are internally designed to deliver the mass quantity (and quality) of bass that this Pioneer set effortlessly delivers. Take for instance the beautiful sleek looking sound bars that are popular among home theaters; they are no doubt elegant and savvy. However, they do not deliver bass, and high quality surround sound like the Pioneer SP-PK21BS speaker system does. Another idea to keep in mind is that though they do not deliver equal quality sound…these sound bars can cost as much as the Pioneer SP-PK21BS. So now do you understand why the Pioneer is my “bigger is better…best bang for your buck” product of the month?

Come check it out for yourself at Starpower Home Entertainment. We have locations in Phoenix, Arizona, Scottsdale, Arizona as well as several through the DFW metroplex.

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From Bored Room to Board Room

Starpower From Bored Room To Board Room

Starpower Conference and Boardroom Audio Video Solutions

Is this what your boardroom looks like…or should I say “bored” room? If this is what you are holding meetings in and sitting in for hours upon hours during your work week, then we need to talk!  Your boardroom is boring your potential clients. How can they be enthusiastic about what you can offer them when they can hardly stay awake in your space?  Trends in meeting rooms are allowing corporations to do truly fantastic things to their meeting space.


Integrated Conference Rooms by Starpower

This fully integrated, dynamic, visually appealing and most importantly INTERACTIVE board room is probably more your style. If your boardroom looked like this you would be able to achieve maximum visual appeal while keeping your potential clients on the edge of their seats waiting for the next slide. Trends in meeting rooms, such as incorporating video walls like this, are making their way into boardrooms across America and yours can be next.

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Starpower Can Help Design Your Commercial Space

Starpower has a dedicated team of Commercial Systems Engineers. Our team can assist you with commercial projects of any size. Whether you are looking for a conference room, huddle room, board roon, or lobby – we can do it all.

Our team of systems experts can help design and visualize your space using our 3D Room Planning tool. Below is a standard conference room space brough to life with audio/video integration:

Conference Room 3D Rendering

Digital Video Walls – TV Walls – Commercial Audio/Video

A digital video wall is a series of flat screen televisions mounted very close together. In the picture above six different televisions allow the boardroom six different visuals, but a video wall can also be made to appear as one large television like this nine screen digital video wall.

Video Walls - Commercial A/V - Dallas- Phoenix- Fort Worth - Southlake

If you are attempting to gain a client, aren’t you willing to do whatever it takes to impress them with your aspirations and capabilities? Let’s face it, top-notch technology impresses everyone. It’s that simple. If you show your client you are on the cutting edge, they will know you are serious and want to learn more.

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In-Office Audio/Video Consultations from Starpower

Do you want to change your boardroom from boring to brilliant? Head over to Starpower and get a complete consultation and allow them to show you what they can do to your commercial space. They will take your boardroom to a whole new level.


Starpower’s Commercial Audio/Video Services Team

Starpower offers unique, customized, innovative solutions for corporations seeking a digital way to communicate their message and operate their business. The desire to showcase products and services, while presenting them with the latest in audio visual digital technology will prove your place in the market.

Starpower provides on-site consultation, custom design and drawings, installation, training and maintenance for all of our audio visual systems.


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