TV and Speaker Advice

A Few Tips for Choosing the Right Home Speakers

No matter how high-tech your home's stereo system, you need to have it connected to high-quality speakers in order to enjoy its sound. Home speakers can greatly vary in price, so you'll want to consider all their various features and what they offer before making a buying decision. This will ensure you don't overpay on a set of speakers that don't work for your needs in particular, while also ensuring that you invest in a quality sound system. Note a few tips for choosing the right home speakers for your stereo.

Installation and size

Always note how speakers are installed, and where they will be displayed. Bookshelf speakers are meant to sit on an elevated shelf and shouldn't be put on a floor, as the floorboards and carpeting will absorb much of their sound. Freestanding speakers can be put on the floor instead. Speakers that are mounted to the wall are usually more complicated, as you need to ensure they have proper brackets and hangers, and may need to run the wiring through the walls themselves.

If you're looking for speakers for a more compact space, such as a home office, you might even measure the shelf clearance or space on your desk before buying, so you know you'll get speakers that fit easily. For a larger space, bookshelf speakers may not offer sufficient sound, and you might need wall speakers that you can mount on one side of the room and the other, so you can enjoy the sound from anywhere in the room.

Acoustics

Note the room in which you'll be installing the speakers and its overall acoustics. If you're putting speakers in a dining room with timber floors and wood furniture, this will produce more of an echo, so a subwoofer that adds bass may be needed. On the other hand, a room with thick carpeting and lots of upholstered furniture will absorb all that echoing, so speakers that offer a higher decibel level can be the right option.

Power of plug-ins

Speakers will often have plug-ins that help to boost their sound, including amplifiers, subwoofers, and so on. Note the power output of the speakers and the power of those plug-ins. As an example, if an amplifier delivers 200 watts of sound per channel, but your speakers only deliver 100, the sound won't be as amplified as you expect. Check the plug-ins you have or purchase all these components together so you know your speakers will deliver the power needed to support all the accessories you use with them.

For more information, contact a business such as Tivoli Hi-Fi Pty Ltd.