Guide to Buying Hi-Fi Audio for Your Home
3 Features to Look For When Purchasing Hi-Fi Audio
Maybe you’ve considered creating a listening room in your Boston area home.Trying to figure out which speakers and system components match your preference can be daunting.
In this blog, we’ll take you through the process of choosing high quality speakers for your living space, and a few tips on how to know you’ve found the right solutions. Get ready to enjoy flawless sound in your own home.
How to Know It’s Hi-Fi Audio
When you hear high-fidelity audio, it stands out from the rest by bringing you closer to the recordings and artists you love. You’ll know what you’re hearing isn’t coming from just an ordinary pair of speakers. But what technically makes high-end speakers superior to ordinary speakers?
Below, we’ve listed a few of the most notable criteria to consider so you know you’re getting the best quality available before you purchase. In future postings we'll go into more detail on how your system can be optimized by choosing the right source components, amplifying electronics, accessories, and interconnections to go with your speakers.
Look for these features in your high-fidelity audio speakers:
- Acoustically Inert Speaker Cabinets: What your speakers are made of and how they are braced significantly impacts how your audio sounds. For top performance, you’ll want cabinets that won’t resonate with the music. This kind of vibration causes audio distortion and will negatively affect your sound quality. You’ll know you’ve found high-end speakers when the "rap test" indicates the cabinets are "dead".
- Custom Speaker Components: Most speakers are made using off-the-shelf woofers, mids and tweeter from the handful of big speaker component firms. The speaker designer has to engineer around the characteristic limitations of these parts, and that often results in compromises in the performance of the finished product. The best High-fidelity speakers come from makers with the expertise to build their own parts from the ground up, or who work with their suppliers to develop custom solutions needed for consistent and reliable design, executed perfectly, in order to deliver incredible audio every time.
- Astonishing Audio Performance: Hearing is believing. Give your speakers a test run. You’ll know whether or not they have the epic sound you should expect from a high-end system. Test the speakers out in our sound rooms. We talk about audible factors such as tonal accuracy, spatial imaging (width and depth), and bass and treble range. Playing a variety of music, all the above should coalesce into you feeling convinced of the realism and totally immersed in the performance as if the speakers weren't there - that’s how it should be for every listening experience!
Brands You Can Trust
Our team of experts at Natural Sound knows which speaker brands to work with and which to avoid. For example, we know that brands like Bowers & Wilkins, Focal, Magnepan, Revel, Wilson Audio and PSB and subwoofers from JL Audio and REL will deliver sound performance sure to convince. And when it comes to reliability, we want to make sure you’re installing products in your home that will stand the test of time.
Of course, the final decision rests with you. Testing out your speakers is a crucial part of the process, and once you’ve found the best speakers, we can take over the installation and ensure you’ve got a listening area fit to your needs.
If you want to learn even more about hi-fi audio and how to find speakers for your living space, feel free to give us a call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team. We’d love to hear from you!