Below is a guide to the ultimate speaker-buying process from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge contained within, your next speaker purchase can be easy, fun, and downright gratifying.
SPEAKERS 101: A PRIMER
If you’ve already started reading audio or home theatre magazines, then you may have run into some terminology that you aren’t familiar with. If you already know the difference between a satellite and a monitor or a surround and a rear surround, then please feel free to skip ahead. For those who need to do a little catching up, make sure to check out our home audio glossary for a brief overview of what is happening in speaker-land these days.
WHAT WILL YOU USE THEM FOR?
You don’t necessarily need huge speakers or a full-blown 7.1-channel surround system to get great sound. Take a moment to think about what your listening habits are.
If you primarily listen to music, one pair of speakers may be exactly what you need to enjoy your music with occasional TV and movies as well.
If you are a passive music listener and don’t see yourself sitting down to appreciate the sound for extended periods of time, then a pair of quality bookshelf speakers or in-wall speakers may be the ticket. Want more bass? A small subwoofer can deliver the extra low end you are looking for.
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