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How To Choose A Home Audio System

If you like to listen to music at home, then you have definitely wondered about purchasing a high-quality audio system that will help you not only feel the comfort of home, but also fully experience the sound quality. You like to watch movies and concerts with good sound, but what standard TV speakers can squeeze out of you is disgusting. Maybe you even look sadly at the collection of phonograph records inherited from your parents and think that it would be nice to listen to these rare records again.

There are many ways to “voice” a house or apartment, but in any case, the audio system will consist of a sound source, an amplifier and reproducing speakers. The elements of this triad can be combined into two or even one device, but the principle of sound reproduction itself will remain unchanged.

  1. Old school. With this approach to sound, everything should be strict. Sound source: vinyl player (they are back in vogue), network media player (we’re not maniacs) and possibly a CD player. The latter makes sense to buy only if you are the owner of a valuable CD collection and you feel sorry for throwing it away. In other cases, it is already absolutely meaningless thing. The system will be complemented by an integrated transistor amplifier and floorstanding speakers.
  2. Moderately traditional option. Sound sources: everything is the same as in the first option, plus a smartphone or tablet. In addition, an AV receiver instead of an amplifier and bookshelf speakers with a subwoofer or a set of home theater acoustics instead of floorstanding speakers.
  3. Modern version. In this case, it is assumed that the sound source is a smartphone, tablet or PC, and a set of wireless active acoustics is responsible for playback. Active acoustics is a speaker with a built-in amplifier.

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The layout of such acoustics can be any. The speaker can independently sound the room, you can create a stereo pair or even two stereo pairs with other speakers. You can make it so that the same music plays in several rooms, or each has its own. You can change the volume level for each speaker. There are also many types of wireless audio speakers. They can be made in a traditional form factor and have a directional sound, or they can create a wide panorama up to 360 degrees. Such acoustics can be placed in the center of the room or hung from the ceiling. There are wireless speakers with a built-in battery that can be moved from one room to another or taken outside in a matter of seconds. Active wireless speakers are even available in the form of subwoofers and TV soundbars.

There are quite a few vendors producing wireless speaker systems, as this is a segment of consumer electronics that is gaining popularity. Here, companies such as Sonos specializing in such equipment and traditional manufacturers of components and acoustics have launched special wireless lines of devices. Examples include series such as Harman Kardon Omni, Denon HEOS, Bose Soundlink, Philips Izzy, Sony SRS.

The price of wireless speakers of a normal level starts at $400 and can exceed $5,000, depending on the model, power, class, and quantity required for voice acting at home.

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