So, you'd like to buy new speakers. But what do all the specifications mean and, more importantly, what do they mean for you? Speakers that are right for some people aren't always the best choice for others.
Choosing the best speakers for you depends a lot on your own personal preferences. So, make sure you be prepared.
The first question you should ask yourself when buying new speakers is: in what way would you like to use them? Would you like to enhance your television's sound quality or are you looking for high-quality speakers to play your favourite music? And what kind of music do you like? These are the kind of preferences to take into account when purchasing your ideal speakers.
You know your own budget and preferences best, so it's a good idea to carefully consider your priorities when it comes to buying new speakers. Where are you willing to make compromises and what are your absolute musts when it comes to budget and performance? Taking these factors into consideration in advance will certainly make your choice a bit easier!
There is a lot of focus on specifications when comparing speakers. While specifications do tell you a lot about a speaker, their importance should not be exaggerated. It is almost impossible to tell how suitable a speaker is for you from its specifications alone. The most important factor in making an assessment is actually whether you like the sound of the speaker.
A lot of attention is paid to the wattage (watts) of speakers. Wattage is seen as a determining factor in the quality of speakers. But it's actually not that straightforward. The speaker itself doesn't produce any output power. The wattage merely indicates the power (output from the amplifier) that the speaker can handle, rather than what it produces itself. There needs to be a good match between the amplifier and the speaker. A high wattage does not necessarily mean that it's the best speaker for you.
We are all born with a hearing range of 20 to approximately 20,000 hertz (Hz). Hertz indicates the pitch (frequency) of sound. As we grow older, the upper limit of our hearing gradually decreases, making us less able to hear higher pitches. People over 50 have an average hearing range of up to 10,000 Hz. People are most sensitive to sounds between 500 and 8,000 Hz. A speaker's hertz measurement (frequency range) indicates the extent to which a speaker can reproduce high and low-pitched sounds.
But it's actually quite simple: a good speaker can handle a high volume without damaging the sound quality (static/distortion). The best way of finding out is by performing a simple test. Turn up the volume!
When positioning your speakers, make sure that there are as few obstacles as possible between you and the speakers. The easiest solution is to mount your speakers on the wall. Then tilt the speakers so that the sound is directed to ear level. Or position the speaker at the correct height using a floor stand.
Do you have Sonos or HEOS speakers? Vogel’s has a suitable floor stand or speaker bracket for virtually every speaker. Choose what suits you best