Deciding to buy a video signal amplifier is one step towards optimum entertainment. Amplifiers are bought to enhance the sound quality. A good video signal amplifier will get the original sound, heighten this sound to produce a louder sound, and avoid signal problems and other noises that can decrease the sound quality. The checklist below is a how-to guide to help you decide what video signal amplifier is best for you.
- Based on Requirement - Before buying, you must ask yourself "Where will I install this?" The location and the space area are very critical. One amplifier may produce a good sound in one place while fail in another location. Analyze and assess if there is really a need to buy it, and to what extent. One piece of advice regarding location is to put the video signal amplifier near the TV aerial, rather than placing it behind the television as most commonly used to do. The former has more advantages than the latter. Location also matters because signal in different areas vary from each other.
- Power - The choice of the best video signal amplifier will depend also on the speakers and its compatibility with it. This is especially true for speakers with low impedance. You need to have an idea what is the range of power that your speaker will require. Once this is acknowledged, you must never go below the minimum power and never go beyond the maximum power. In general the recommended minimum wattage per channel is 100 watts. As for the sound produced, the best amplifier is with a gain of about 10-15dB and the noise figure with only 3dB.
- Extensive Sampling - This is very important. You should not be an impulse buyer when it comes to these things. Listening is still much better than just reading and comparing the specifications of the products. The best way to do this is to bring your own CD or DVD and remember the way it sounded in your house without the amplifier. Compare the sound and see the improvement when you ask the salesman to use the amplifier you are testing. This way, one factor is consistent.
- Cost - You might be tempted to buy small and cheap types of amplifiers that can really be a waste of money. Be careful about this. This does not necessarily mean that you need to buy the most expensive amplifiers. It still depends on your budget. You just have to research. For your information, there are many old technology amplifiers still used today that cause TV or satellite interference problems and TV signal overload. Experts always recommend that you always go for upgradeable products. Amplifiers, in this case, will be better if it can have options for WiFi or wireless activities.
- Service - Checking on the manufacturer's warranty on parts and the dealer's warranty on service should always be part of your guidelines in buying anything.
- Buyer's Personality - You, as a buyer, will have a big impact. With all the types of amplifiers available in the market, you will still have to decide which really suits you. There is usually the struggle of you having quality and cost to balance. There is no exact formula in choosing, so in the end, it is up to you which to purchase.
After successfully choosing, the last item on your list is to buy cables that are of high quality and high caliber. A well-chosen amplifier deserves a good cable to fully utilize its potential.