Speakers play an important role in determining the overall quality of your sound system. For this reason, it is definitely worth the effort to listen to different types of models before purchasing one. But buying a good set of speakers does not guarantee great overall results. There are other important aspects to consider when shopping for stereo speakers, such as the speaker type, components to power the system, listening area, and most importantly, your personal preference.


Speaker Type

There are various types of speakers to choose from across a wide variety of brands, which might feel a little intimidating at the beginning. Narrowing down on choosing what type of speaker certainly helps move the process.

Example of speakers are bookshelf speakers, satellite, floor standing, sound bar and portable speaker. There are some such as on-wall speakers that can be placed immediately, while in-wall or ceiling speakers may require special installation. Speakers can be wireless or wired, you can either choose stereo pair or multi-channel for surround sound. It is important to choose base on your preferences and needs.



Sound Quality

Just like food, decor or art, sound quality should also be on your personal preference. Everyone has different likes, so sounds that may be pleasing to others may not be good for you. There are no “the best speaker” out there, and more than one can sound similar to individual ears. When looking for speakers, try listening to different models with music that you’re actually familiar. It is good to measure and evaluate speakers if you have experienced listening to live music. Music should sound natural to your ears with a balanced tone and easy to enjoy for a long period of time. Don’t rush, sometimes it takes several of times to listen to speakers, often with different type of music before choosing one.


Area and Acoustics

Not every type of speaker is going to sound excellent in a chosen area. Small speakers may be good for regular rooms but can sound meek when placed in the living room. However, large speakers can also overwhelm small spaces but they are capable of delivering higher decibel levels, just be sure to check the watt output. Room dimensions, contents and materials also affect the audio. Sound can reflect off exposed walls, large stuff such as rugs, carpets and cushions can end up absorbing sounds. This is good to have the balance of both.


Combining the Right Components

For the best results, speakers should be matched with the right amplifier or receiver that can deliver the right amount of power. Manufacturers usually state the required amplifier power for each unit. You can read guides about amplifier power in the Internet if you are unsure.