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5 Terms You Need To Know When Choosing The Perfect Speaker
5 Terms You Need To Know When Choosing The Perfect Speaker

We love music. We want our listening to be an experience with every note riding smoothly within the sound waves. No matter how dynamic the music is, how cleverly written the lyrics are, or how lifelike the effects become, they will all be lost with the wrong speaker. 

Most of us are unfamiliar with the mechanisms and technical terms for audio systems. You want to make sure you know what to look for when purchasing a speaker suited to your groove. To get the full audio experience you need, these are 5 terms you’ll need to know when choosing the perfect speaker. 

Why You Need A Gaming Speaker
Why You Need A Gaming Speaker

Gaming these days is often constrained to a headset. While it helps when gaming in public, you should be able to fully immerse yourself in your game in the privacy of your home, especially when you want to share the experience with friends and family. Playing the game’s audio on your computer or TV will not cut it, especially with AA titles -- the big, complex visuals need an equally big and complex audio system to truly be immersive. 

This is where gaming speakers come in. Often overlooked when setting up gaming rigs, gaming speakers push the experience to a whole new level. 

What is ASMR?
What is ASMR?

Have you ever experienced that tingly feeling from the back of your head all the way down to the bottom of your spine when you hear something? It can be from mundane activities like the tapping on the table or the clipping sounds from a haircut. This phenomenon got people coining the term ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. 

In one of the corners in the internet, a subculture of people has become frequent video creators in this genre. These videos can range from simply whispering into the microphone to role-playing while gently interacting with various items. It’s also common among the videos to have the creators, or ASMRtist, have slow and calm movements to give focus on the subtle sounds of their objects and stories. 

Lo-fi with ICON
Lo-fi with ICON

Have you ever wanted to feel like a character on-screen? Or have a soundtrack to accompany you in your everyday life? Then tune in to the popular genre of Lo-fi. Coming from the term “Low Fidelity”, which means audible imperfections and errors in music, it has found its way to embrace this characteristic and become one of the most popular genres today. 

Lo-fi gives the sense of belonging and familiarity by using environmental sounds in their tracks with a calm and soothing rhythm. It can also set an auditory space using sounds with the intention of making them feel you’re in a car, in the bathroom, or when you’re inside while raining. Since Lo-fi is a form of how the music is produced, it can be applied to music of other genres. 

This type of music is often used to set a calm ambiance that can help people in stressful environments and focus. In almost any situation, you can set Lo-fi as your background music. It’s also best if you have a high-quality speaker like ICON that you could bring anywhere and deliver every calming imperfections of the track. 

How To Host A Virtual Dance Party
How To Host A Virtual Dance Party

Who says you can’t party in a pandemic? While a public gathering where you work up a sweat and maintain close physical contact with strangers in a club’s enclosed space is still highly dangerous and irresponsible, it doesn’t mean that you forfeit the right to party. Since the start of the global pandemic, people have been finding out ways to have a good time and dance the night away safely and responsibly. 

In times of forced physical distancing, people have turned to online dance parties to let loose and unwind. Even Singapore’s biggest clubs have launched online virtual parties, adjusting to the new normal by bringing the party home complete with local and international DJ headliners. 

But you don’t have to wait for an event to throw a virtual dance party of your own. Thanks to video calling platforms -- yes, the same ones you use for online classes or meetings -- you can gather your friends on an online space and create your very own club scene. Here’s how: 

What is the Difference Between House, Techno and Trap Music?
What is the Difference Between House, Techno and Trap Music?

To the uninitiated, electronic music is a mess of genres and sub-genres with various overlapping elements that makes it difficult to tell the difference. Many people use the term Electronic Dance Music (EDM) to categorize all electronic under one bucket, but fans of the genre will tell you that doing that is a disservice to the artists and the styles out there. 

Whether you’re just getting into electronic music or simply want to educate yourself to avoid a faux pas situation — here’s the low down on three popular subgenres, House, Techno and Trap to help you differentiate between the three.