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Audio is just as important as visual
quality speaker cannot perform without quality data for it. The speaker
cables are the ones responsible for "transporting" these data to the
speakers, therefore be sure to get a quality cables too! This is
especially true for high end speakers. You can always try it out and
return the cables if it doesn't make a difference.
Plan where you are going to place your speakers
and plan accordingly. You do not want to bring home you new sound
systems only to realize that the cable are not long enough.
Once you are sure that your cables are long
enough, consider next whether you will need a speaker stand. A tower
speaker do not usually need a speaker stand. A small and medium sized
speakers, however may need one. Since mid-range and treble frequencies
are very directional, it would be ideal if you ear is at the same level
(height) the speakers are. If you have carpeted room, look for speaker
stands that can be installed with spikes. Spikes can "tighten up" bass
response by reducing sound-muddying vibrations thus providing greater
The Different Types Of Speakers
are several different types of speakers you can choose from. There are
1. Floor standing speakers
2. Bookshelf speakers
3. Subwoofer or satellite systems
4. In-wall or in-ceiling speakers
Floor standing speakers, commonly known as tower
speakers are the most common and standard speakers. They are often
three-way speakers, meaning they can reproduce high, medium and low
frequencies. These are very powerful and very large in size but they
also the most expensive and consume the most power.
Bookshelf are ideal for those with limited space
or budget. They are smaller in size which you can usually place on a
shelf (thus the name) and still offers excellent performance. However,
they are often only 2 way with no bass. Therefore many people who bought
this model often purchase a separate powered subwoofer to give the
system a deep bass.
Satellite system are really really small. Some
even small as your palm. Therefore it take very little space. You can
easily place them anywhere convenient to you. That's their main
advantage. However, their sound quality is directly related to their
price. A satellite system that can reproduce a high quality sound is
often much more expensive than it should. It also doesn't come with a
bass unit. The bass is an omni-directional device, meaning it is hard to
tell where the sound is coming from, therefore it can be placed anywhere
out of your way but still fill the room.
In-wall / in-ceiling speakers are normally used
for commercial applications. The main advantage for this kind of
speakers is that it saves space. Some higher end ones can produce a high
quality playback while blending seamlessly into your room. However, just
like any small-size speakers, they do not come with a bass. Grilles and
brackets needed to blend the speakers with your wall are often sold
separately and once installed, it is very difficult to move them.
Therefore consider where you want to place it before purchasing. Lastly,
the installation of an in-wall speaker is more difficult than the
installation of a traditional speaker. You'll need to run the wire in
the wall and so I would suggest that you get professionals to do it.
How To Choose The Right
everyone has different preferences and therefore I would tell you which
brand and model to go for. Instead you should listen to them first
The first rule to follow when buying speakers is
never to check out only "brand name" products. Some manufacturers of
high-end speakers do not do much marketing and if you are not an
enthusiast, you probably haven't heard of them, especially manufacturers
of hand crafted speakers.
Budget for everything that you are going to need
before going shopping. From the speakers itself, the stand, the cables,
the installation (if any) and the warranty. Maybe also the shipping.
Your speakers is part of your furniture. Make sure
that it also appeals to you visually and matches your room.
When auditioning the speakers, bring some cds to
test it. Do not bring engineered cds. Instead, bring a male and female
vocals, bass or drums and instrumentals. You would want all these to
sound clear and crisp.
Always make sure you test-run the speakers before
you buy it. The listening is very important. Choose to test in a quiet
room with little disturbance. Estimate the size of the room to the room
you want to place the speakers in. If the listening room is much
smaller, it might appear to have less bass in a bigger room.
Pop in your cds and play them. Do not request to
play it in the highest volume possible like some morons do. Some speaker
sounds fine at large volume but sounds compressed at lower volume.
Instead, listen to the cds at the volume like you normally would.
Last but not least, trust yourself. You are the
one who is going to listen to it, not the salesman. Don't ask them to
make the decision for you. If you like it, then get it.
In-wall and in-ceiling speakers have become some of our
best-selling models, and it's easy to see why. They finally sound good enough to
satisfy those who care about audio quality, and are also a great solution for
folks who don't want to give up their floor or shelf space to traditional
speakers. Below, we'll take a look at the things you should consider when buying
in-wall or in-ceiling speakers.
How they work: the basics
An in-wall speaker works like a regular speaker. But instead
of being attached to a cabinet, it's mounted in a frame and set into your wall.
It uses the wall cavity as a large cabinet, giving you more bass than you might
get from a stand-alone speaker of the same size.
An in-ceiling speaker works essentially the same way, except
that — you guessed it — it's installed in your ceiling. For the most part,
in-wall speakers tend to be rectangular, and in-ceiling speakers tend to be
round — but there's no reason you couldn't install a rectangular in-wall speaker
in your ceiling, for example, if that's what you preferred. Almost all in-wall
and in-ceiling speakers have paintable grilles, so you can camouflage them in
your walls or ceiling.
In-wall and in-ceiling speakers use your wall and
ceiling cavities as large speaker cabinets.
Using in-wall and in-ceiling speakers
Two of the most important things to think about when shopping
for in-wall or in-ceiling speakers are how you're going to use them and where
you'd like to install them. For example, you'd probably buy a different type and
number of speakers for surround sound in your home theater than you would for
background music in the kitchen. Before you start looking at specific speaker
models and features, you'll need to decide how and where you'll use them. You
can find detailed recommendations for a number of different rooms and setups in
our in-wall and in-ceiling speaker placement article.
Deciding between different speakers
Wherever you're installing your in-wall or in-ceiling
speakers, there are a few key factors to consider while you shop:
- Frequency response
(Hz) — The range
of human hearing is about 20-20,000 Hz. Frequency response tells you what
portion of that range a speaker can reproduce. For example, a speaker with a
frequency response of 50-20,000 Hz handles a larger portion of that range
than a speaker with a frequency response of 65-20,000 Hz. You'd generally
hear deeper bass and more balanced sound from the 50 Hz speaker.
- Power handling
(watts) — A
speaker's recommended power specification usually tells you the maximum
amplifier power the speaker can handle; often, its minimum power handling is
included as well. This information tells you how much power your amp or
receiver should have to safely drive your speakers. For example, a 100-watt
RMS receiver would be a good match for a speaker with recommended power of
(dB) — A speaker's
sensitivity, or efficiency, rating indicates how effectively it uses the
power it receives from your amplifier. Speakers with higher sensitivity
ratings can be played louder without straining your amp. In fact, a model
with a sensitivity rating that's 3 dB higher than another speaker's only
needs half as much power to deliver sound at the same volume.
Here are some other features to consider, depending on where
you're installing your speakers, and how you're going to listen to them:
- Swiveling tweeters
— Some in-wall and in-ceiling speakers come with swiveling tweeters, so you
can angle the sound toward a preferred listening spot. For example, in a
home theater setup, you might angle the tweeters in your surround speakers
to get more realistic sound effects.
- Bass and treble tone controls
— It's impossible to know exactly how in-wall or in-ceiling speakers will
sound in your home until you install them. Bass and treble controls let you
tweak the sound for your space, even after your speakers are in.
— If you're installing speakers in a potentially humid area, like a bathroom
or kitchen, look for moisture-resistant models. They'll stand up to humidity
better than other speakers.
Stereo input speakers — perfect for small or awkward spaces
A single stereo input speaker plays both the left and right
channels of stereo music through one woofer and two angled tweeters. They're a
great way to add background music to small or awkward spaces, where having two
speakers isn't practical. For example, you might install one in a walk-in
closet, two in a large bathroom, or three down a long hallway.
A single stereo-input speaker plays both the left
and right channels of stereo music through one woofer and two angled
What about a subwoofer?
If you're using in-wall or in-ceiling speakers for dedicated
music listening or for home theater, a powered subwoofer is a must. It fills out
the low frequencies, giving you warmer, more realistic sound. Many subwoofers
are small enough to tuck behind a couch or table. We also offer subs that
install in your wall, floor or ceiling for an elegant, space-saving solution.
This system has six channels: five full-range channels, and a low-frequency
effects channel (the .1 of 5.1) usually expressed through a subwoofer. Many DVDs
and digital broadcasts feature a Dolby® Digital (5.1) soundtrack, so
this will give you optimum sound for most programming. It also most closely
approximates the sound in most cinemas.
6.1 or 7.1 Setup
The most advanced home theater
feature six (with Center Back) or seven (with Left Back and Right Back)
full-range channels that allow viewers to take advantage of Dolby Digital EX
soundtracks and Dolby Pro Logic® IIx matrix-surround decoding
technology. Both of these processes add surround information for greater
realism and more dramatic effects.
If you have a choice of rooms, avoid ones that are perfectly
square or have one dimension exactly twice another. These rooms can aggravate
resonances that color the sound.
If possible, center your seating area between the surround speakers.
The closer you place a speaker to intersecting room surfaces (corners, wall and
ceiling, wall and floor), the stronger the bass output. This can help bass-shy
speakers, but it can also add too much bass. Again, just moving a speaker a few
inches can often make a big difference in sound.
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