How Do You Know Which Speakers to Use for Your Home Stereo?
Take These Things into Account When Upgrading Your Audio System
One of the common mistakes we see when clients set up their home stereo systems is that they tend to settle on a type of speaker they like and use it throughout the house. The problem is that people listen to music differently depending on the setting, and speakers need to reflect that. While high-end loudspeakers may be ideal in a dedicated listening room, discreet architectural ones are better suited for the kitchen. With a professional installation, it’s easy to choose the option that best matches the needs of each room in your Edina, MN home.
Know What Your Options Are
Make sure that any choice you make is an educated one. To get started, we highlight some of the speakers you may encounter when setting a home stereo system with a very brief description of each.
- Loudspeakers/Floor-Standing Speakers: These usually provide the best quality and most power; they are ideal for large rooms or those that require high-performance audio.
- Cabinet Speakers: A smaller version of the traditional loudspeaker, these can be placed in bookshelves or dedicated cabinets. • Architectural Speakers: These are installed inside walls and ceilings to stay hidden from view.
- Wireless Speakers: These come in two variations: portable Bluetooth speakers and plugged-in Wi-Fi speakers that stream music from a variety of services and devices.
Consider Your Space Limitations
When choosing from the speakers mentioned above, it's important to consider where you'll be using them. If there is not a lot of space available, then architectural or cabinet speakers are probably the best choices. There are other limitations to consider. With high ceilings, in-ceiling speakers may not be a viable option. Rooms with carpeting will muffle sound coming from traditional loudspeakers. During your home stereo installation, we take all these limitations into consideration when choosing your speakers.
How Will You Use Your Speakers
You also need to take into account how you’ll be using your speakers. Are you looking for surround sound in your home theater? Do you want background music when hosting friends or doing chores? Below we spotlight some common solutions:
- Home Theater: In a dedicated theater or large media room, floor standing speakers may be ideal. In a Dolby Atmos setup, you're going to need overhead speakers, so you also want a pair of in-ceiling or up-firing speakers. No home theater is complete without an accompanying subwoofer to get deep bass sounds.
- Kitchen and Bedroom: These are two situations where you may want music, but not for speakers to be visible. In this scenario, the best option is to go with architectural models that blend into the walls and ceiling. With the right layout, it’s easy to get powerful, high-quality coverage throughout the space.
- Streaming Music: If you just want an easy way to stream your favorite music while you're working out, cooking, or hosting some friends then go with a wireless sound system. These typically come with accompanying apps that make it easy to pull up your favorite services and play them throughout your home.
With so many options available, we know choosing the right speakers can be a bit overwhelming. We work with you to find out your specific needs and find the ideal equipment and layout for your space. To get started, all you have to do is call us at (612) 353-5087 or contact us online.