How To Choose The Right Speakers
How To Choose The Right Speakers
How To Choose The Right Speakers. Whether you are after digital speakers, surround speakers, wireless speakers or portable speakers; VideoJug has all the answers. This short video will teach you how to choose the right speakers for your surroundings to ensure you get the best amplification and sound.
As shiny and minimalist as your new HiFi may be, it will only sound as good as your speakers do. We went down to Richer Sounds to find out what goes in to finding a good pair. Of speakers.
The modern speaker comes in a range of designs, from the invisible and discreet, to the huge monster sound 2001 monolith variety! Not only do the different types allow for different aesthetics in a room, but they also deliver different performances and different types of sound. If you are looking for speakers for a home cinema system, please also watch the VideoJug film, "How to set up surround sound in your living room : Part 1 - Speakers and components".
First off, cower like a frightened monkey because these are "Tower" speakers. They generally come in pairs and deliver a good range of room filling sound. They handle both low and high frequency sounds well, especially if you opt for a model with an in-built woofer. Models with woofers are often advertised as providing "3-way sound", as there is a separate component dealing with high range sounds, mid-range sounds and low-range sounds. Floor standing speakers also tend to give you the most efficient use of the power being supplied by your amplifier. On the down side, these are obviously the largest of the main varieties of speaker, however if you look for a slim line model, you maybe able to save yourself a little floor space. Tower models also tend to be the most expensive.
Bookshelf speakers have the obvious advantage of a smaller size, when compared to floor standing models. They needn't go on a bookshelf, as it is often possible to purchase wall brackets with this variety of speaker. They are a good alternative and can deliver excellent performance at mid-range and high range frequencies - and at a fraction of the price of a pair of floor standing models. Bookshelves are generally "2-way" speakers. This means they use 2 drivers: one for high frequency performance - usually called a "tweeter", and a second for mid-range performance. As bookshelf speakers are usually unable to produce low bass frequencies, you may want to consider purchasing a subwoofer as well as bookshelf speakers. This will reinforce the bass in your system. If you do not want a subwoofer, consider going for a "3-way" bookshelf speaker, as these have a separate driver to help achieve lower frequencies.
These types of speakers are designed specifically to produce very low frequencies. They are used in combination with normal speakers to provide more powerful and deep bass. Subwoofers can come with or without an in-built amplifier. Those with an amplifier are generally preferable as they offer independent volume and frequency controls to allow the bass to be tuned with the room and any existing speakers. Home cinema systems only use subwoofers with in-built amplifiers. The low frequency sounds created take a lot of power, so look for an amplifier with lots of wattage if your hoping to make the room tremble. Low frequency sounds have Omni-directional properties, which means the subwoofer can be out of the way, but still fill the room with bass.
These tiny speakers can often deliver high performance invisible sounds when used with a subwoofer. They can be wall mounted or hidden behind ornaments, while still producing excellent mid-range to high range sounds. The design of these speakers can be a talking point in of themselves, but it is rare to find a satellite that deals with low frequencies well, hence the need for a subwoofer.
If the few cubic inches taken up by a satellite speaker is still too much intrusion for you to bare, why not look at in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. You may have encountered these types of speakers in hotel rooms, but they are becoming increasingly popular in the home. Discretion is key with these models and they even come with paintable grills to camouflage them into the surfaces they inhabit. The speakers are mounted into a frame and set into the wall or ceiling