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What to Look for When Purchasing a Speaker

Aug 26, 2020

You might have heard an audio enthusiast say that their home speakers cost more than their car did. Speakers are an important investment for both fun and practical use. However, many people do not spend enough time researching their speaker purchases. The right set of speakers should last for many years, which means it’s extremely important to do your research before making a selection. In this blog, we will discuss a few different factors pertaining to what you should look out for when purchasing a speaker. 

Picking the Best Speakers

You don’t always need to have huge speakers or a big surround system for good sound. Depending on your personal preference, you can utilize your equipment to maximize your audio experience. For example, if you listen to music, depending on your preferences you might only need one pair of headphones or one speaker. If you prefer to have more bass, then you can add a small subwoofer to get the lower and deeper sound.

If you enjoy listening to your music at a higher volume, then you can get a pair of speakers that will sit on the floor. Small speakers that are placed on the floor, have several drivers that contribute to the overall quality of sound. 

If you want to have surround sound, you will want to think about how your room is laid out, the size, and whether there are hard surfaces. You can then strategically buy and place speakers around the space.

The Right Speakers for Your Space

As mentioned above, it is important to consider the space that your speakers will be in because the way the room is laid out can impact how the speakers sound. 

For example, if you have a small and closed room, then a large speaker might not be best. It can add a lot of bass to the room, which might muddy the sound. Whereas, a larger room or a more open floor plan in your home can make a smaller speaker sound too localized. For more open rooms, you’ll want to keep the sound immersive and lifelike. 

You don’t want to have very many hard surfaces in your space if you want to have high quality sound. If there are many smooth or large surfaces that sound can reflect off, the quality will dilute. Consider adding carpets, drapes, and furniture to break up large, hard surfaces.

Getting the Right Specs

At some point, you will hear that you need to get the right amplifier and receiver for your speakers. You should make sure that the amplifier can effectively drive your speakers.

The sensitivity of the speakers also plays an important role. This is referring to how well the speakers play for each watt. If the sensitivity is low, then you will need to have more power for a louder volume. Lower-sensitivity speakers are around 80 dB to 88 dB per watt, and higher-sensitivity speakers are 89 dB to 100 dB per watt.

For frequency, you will want to have a range of around 45 to 20,000 Hz. This is the standard range for many speakers. Remember that just because a speaker has this range of sound, it’s highly recommended that always test the speaker before purchasing it. 

About Subwoofers

If you are considering purchasing a subwoofer, make sure that you read and pay attention to the reviews about the product. If there are not good reviews, look at other options! Higher quality subwoofers will be more expensive, however, it is a necessary investment in order to ensure you have a high quality system that works properly. 

You can also look into purchasing multiple subwoofers. Many people find that one subwoofer will make enough bass and can stand by itself. However, you might not have an ideal space to place a large subwoofer. In this case, adding a second one can help to even out any dead spots in your room. 

A good subwoofer can make a 20 Hz test tone. At this frequency, you can feel the sound as well as hear it.

Closing Thoughts 

A lot goes into picking out the right speaker for your home. Because speakers can last for a long time, it’s important to pick out one that will meet all of your needs. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit more money now if it means getting a system that will last and give you the best sound. If you would like to learn more, please contact us today! If you’re ready to start shopping, head to our online store today to start browsing our products.

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