Audio technology has completely transformed in the past ten years. Furthermore, the rapid advancements in the field show no signs of stopping. From tangle-free green earphones to sound-blocking technology, this is only the beginning. While everyone’s happy to have more and better quality speaker options, it can be confusing when you’re trying to design your personal entertainment center. What are some important considerations when you’re looking to buy some speakers?
Portable and Static Setups
There are many different ways to listen to music. For some people, having a light, portable setup that offers more quality than laptop or phone speakers is enough. Being able to easily transport your speakers has become more technologically possible in recent years with the rise of bluetooth speakers. These speakers are less expensive than a big entertainment setup, and can easily follow you from room to room wirelessly. They also work well to take to a friend’s house or party.
However, these speakers are by nature small. Some people find portability a much less important consideration than sound quality. Larger, heavier speakers tend to offer a clearer sound and a more powerful baseline. If you’re looking to create a home entertainment center and have enough room, these kinds of speakers may be more appealing.
If your speakers are going to stay in one room more of the time, it’s important to consider the room’s acoustics. Some rooms are more conducive to listening to music than others. The shape of the room, the materials the walls and floor are made of, and the furniture in the room are just a few of the factors which contribute to a room’s acoustics.
You can improve a room’s acoustics in most cases if you find yours aren’t up to snuff. However, also consider the size of the room. Your speakers have to comfortably fit in the room you’re putting them in. There also must be room for the wires the speakers need to function. Wires shouldn’t be all over the floor; this is a safety hazard.
One of the main considerations for purchasing speakers is the price. A speaker can run you anywhere from $30 to well over $1,000 depending on the brand, condition, and quality. Obviously, you want to get the highest quality sound for your money. One way to get a very high quality speaker affordably is to look for second hand speakers. Craigslist or your local pawn shop will likely have a lot of options. Used speakers can be in excellent condition, and are typically significantly cheaper than new speakers.
When you’re shopping around, work out a budget while you consider the speaker’s physical specifications.
Buying a new set of speakers is fun and rewarding. You may be shocked at the high quality audio your new speakers bring after you’ve gotten used to just using your computer or phone’s speakers. Do the proper research and you’ll find the perfect speaker set for your needs.