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Marco Sebastiano Alessi

Marco Sebastiano Alessi, author and contributor at Higher Hz

Marco is a seasoned audiophile, producer, audio engineer, and senior writer at Higher Hz, where he covers hi-fi, home theater, and live sound.

Born into a creative family, Marco was immersed in music since he was born, but his desire to play an instrument didn't arise until he was 14, when he started playing the drums.

In his late teenage years, Marco discovered the world of DAWs, recording his first ambient/electronic tracks and publishing albums under various monikers and netlabels.

His studies and music career led him to London, where he graduated in Music Business at the London School of Sound and continued recording music and touring with several bands.

After graduating, Marco started his label Naviar Records, which he uses to release music from like-minded artists and friends.

Naviar hosts regular events in Europe, the UK and Australia, has a weekly radio show on Resonance Extra and has been praised by iconic music magazines such as Electronic Sound, Sound of Life, Cyclic Defrost, and more.

Currently, Marco plays the drums in the psychedelic rock band Aktopasa and continues to broaden the scope of his label.

His passion for music led him to acquire a taste for high-quality audio, so he spends a lot of time writing about and reviewing audio gear he believes people should know about.

What makes a speaker loud? Top 5 ways to make it louder

If you find yourself craving for more volume when playing music, it probably means it’s time to upgrade your sound system.

But before you do that, let’s take a look at how you can make your speakers even louder without investing hundreds of dollars in new gear.

Stereo vs surround sound for music and home theater

Getting more from your home theater requires a deep understanding of the importance of sound when enjoying a movie, music, or a game.

While it’s true that internal TV speakers and affordable soundbars can deliver satisfying results, they simply can’t replicate the cinematic experience most of us look for. That’s something only stereo and surround sound systems can do.

The 8 best songs to test your stereo speaker system

One of the reasons you might be reading this article is that you just unboxed your brand-new stereo speakers and want to experience right away how they’re going to upgrade your listening experience. If that’s the case, you’re in the right place!

In this article, I’ll look into how you can test every aspect of your stereo speakers, what to pay attention to when trying out your system’s fidelity, and the best tracks to do so.

Mixing vs mastering: What’s the difference, and how to do both properly

Since the early 2000s, the world of music production has taken an increasingly DIY approach that gives plenty of control to the artists themselves.

This means that you, a modern music producer, can record, mix, and master a song from the comfort of your bedroom studio. Pretty cool, right?

The 4 best budget floor-standing speakers for $500 and $1000

There was a time, not so long ago, when quality floor-standers would often come with a hefty price tag.

Nowadays, however, there are some fantastic budget-friendly options available for those who want to create the finest aural experience in their listening room or home theater.

In this article, I’ll share some of my favorite floor-standing speakers available in the $500 to $1000 range.

The 6 best floor-standing speakers in 2024 for most people

To me, floor-standing speakers define the commitment of a music listener to achieving the finest audio quality, with an immersive and detailed sound that can transform a music listening session into an evocative sonic experience.

If you’re looking for inspiration in your search for the best tower speaker for your sound system, here are the 2024’s best floor-standers, from budget to high-end options.