According to a recent industry report, households spend more than $1,600 annually on electronics, and home audio is a top-three spending choice that’s continuing to grow.
Are you looking to buy a new set of audio speakers for your home, but aren’t really sure what to look for?
By doing a little research, you’ll know what to keep in mind so you can shop with confidence.
Let’s take a look at five things to consider when buying a new audio speaker system.
1. Sound Quality is Subjective
It’s easy to get talked into buying a pair of audio speakers because someone you know claims they offer “the best sound quality imaginable.”
However, keep in mind that sound quality is subjective. What may sound amazing to one person may only sound okay to another.
There is no such thing as a speaker with the “best-ever” sound quality.
Therefore, when you shop for speakers, you need to only worry about your own judgments on sound quality. To do this, bring a few of your favorite albums with you to the store.
Pay attention to whether or not the music sounds natural to your ears, the balance in tone quality, and if you feel like you can listen for long periods without feeling fatigued.
2. Type of Speakers
There are a variety of audio speakers available, and all the options can be a bit overwhelming.
Some of the options are:
- Bookshelf, Floor-Standing Speakers: Tend to have the best sound-quality, but take up a lot of floor space.
- Satellite Speakers: Small and work best when combined with a subwoofer.
- Portable speakers: Fun and easy, but can lack a robust sound.
- In-Wall speakers: Can be painted to blend into your walls.
Make sure to choose the type of speakers you need based on your own personal preferences and needs.
Not every speaker is going to sound great in every room.
For example, small speakers may sound great in a bedroom, but a bit weak in a large family room.
The audio can also be affected by the content and materials in the room and the dimensions of the room.
When purchasing audio speakers, consider the room you’re going to put them in. In order to get the best quality sound possible, you may need to consider either buying a larger set of speakers or rearranging the room for the best possible acoustics.
4. Other Components
In order to get the most out of your speakers, you’ll want to pair them with a receiver or amplifier that delivers the right amount of power.
Typically, there is a range of amplifier power suggested by the manufacturer. Make sure to look into suggested ranges before purchasing.
Often times, it’s best to select an amplifier that’s the same brand as your speakers.
Once you’ve purchased your speakers, make sure you take the time to figure out where in your home offers the best performance possible.
For example, some speakers sound great against a wall, while others may need a little more room to breathe.
Be patient and test out several spots before making a decision.
Buying Audio Speakers: Wrap Up
We hope this guide helps you when purchasing your speakers.
If you have any other tips about choosing the right speakers, please don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below!