How to Design a State-of-the-Art High-End Audio System
From Acoustics to Equipment, Every Small Detail Can Make a Difference
Installing a high-end audio system is all about creating a superior listening experience in your Edina, MN home. Everything starts with finding the perfect pair of loudspeakers, but that’s only the beginning. You also need to give them the right support. Valuable speakers deserve the best when it comes to room acoustics, amplifiers, and sources. To learn more about the must-haves of a high-end audio system, keep reading below:
Room Acoustics Those luxury speakers you just tested in the store are going to sound entirely different depending on their location. The first step is finding a room in your home that has the right layout for a high-end system. Typically you want to opt for rectangular rooms, as square ones can result in more sound distortion. Once you’ve chosen a location, it’s time to find its biggest faults.
Your AV technician will look for areas that result in echoes and reverberations. These are usually a result of standing waves, areas of low or high sound pressure. To rectify the discrepancy, you can install foam or insulated furniture to balance out the room. Since it's harder to ‘trap' bass, you'll likely need to make the necessary adjustments in your AV receiver or subwoofer.
AV Receivers If you want your new loudspeakers to shine, they're going to need a reliable engine driving them. The next step in designing a high-end audio system is finding the right amplifiers, pre-amps or home theater receivers. When choosing equipment, here are some specifications you should consider:
- Room Correction Technology: Most high-end receivers include technology that lets you gauge how the system is performing. Your technician can look at the report to make sure your AV equipment is properly calibrated for the room.
- Channel Capabilities: If you’re only using your system to listen to music, you want to invest in specialized 2-channel amplifiers. If the room is also used to watch movies, go with an AV receiver that includes surround sound capabilities.
- Power Output: Your amp needs to be compatible with your loudspeakers. Most high-end speakers have low impendance –the amount of resistance a speaker gives to an amplifier—so you’ll be able to get up to 700 watts of power from most quality amps. If you are using smaller speakers due to space limitations, make sure your amplifier is not overloading your speakers as this could result in muffled sound or damage to your equipment.
Source Components Your high-end system is designed to bring out every detail in your audio recordings. This means it’ll also magnify any flaws. For this reason, it’s important that you invest in the best sources possible as part of your installation. We work with you to find top-rated turntables and CD players for your system and advise you on the digital files and streaming services that offer the highest quality.
We can optimize your system and space to get your favorite albums to sound as good as they did during their initial recording. To learn more about our high-performance sound services and products, call us at 612-353-5087 or contact us online.