What you should look for when buying speakers for your home

February 25, 2016
What you should look for when buying speakers for your home
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What you should look for when buying speakers for your home
You may have wanted to do this for a long, long time. Buying speakers for your home cinema or simply as a standalone purchase can be intimidating. There are so many specs out there and so much advice that you really may not know what to choose and who to follow.

Well, take heart...This is exactly what this article is all about. We'll explain to you in no uncertain terms without any ifs and buts, what you should be looking for when buying speakers. There are definitely some specs to keep in mind and to explore before plonking down the greenbacks. So, here goes...

1) Sensitivity: This is measured in decibels (dB) and is one of the most important, but most overlooked speaker spec. A speaker's sensitivity indicates the loudness of a speaker. The higher the sensitivity rating, the louder your speaker is. An average speaker comes with a sensitivity of around 87 dB to 88 dB. A speaker with a sensitivity rating of over 90 dB is considered excellent.

2) Nominal Impedance: This indicates resistance and is measured in ohms. The lower the impedance, the larger the flow of current through the speaker. The higher the impedance the smaller the flow of current through the speaker. A speaker should have an optimum impedance of 6 to 8 ohms. Speakers with this impedance rating play safely to enjoyable levels.

3) Frequency Response: This is sometimes called frequency range and is measured in Hertz (Hz). This spec in a speaker tells you how low and high a speaker can play. Any speaker that reaches 50 Hz or lower is considered good.

4) Speaker Size: While there is no one answer when it comes to this speaker spec, it is believed that the bigger the speaker, the better it is! So, the bigger and heavier speakers sound better than the smaller and lightweight ones.

5) Speaker cabinet: If you are planning on installing your speakers in a cabinet, ensure that the quality of your cabinet is good. Also, ensure that your speakers have a cabinet made of dense material. The quality of your cabinet may not affect the high sounds, but it will affect the bass.

So, do check out speakers, by taking into consideration these specs. The specs of a speaker can give you an idea about its performance. You can shop around, including online for the speakers of your choice. Here's to a happy and productive listening experience!

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