A house is not complete without a stereo system. In fact, it is one of the things people put a lot of money into. If you are one of those audiophiles or just beginning to get interested in a stereo system, realize that it is quite challenging to put together a stereo system. A lot of things have to be considered and a bit of technical know-how is required. But although that’s the case, assembling a stereo system is fairly manageable. Here are some tips.
- Understand that stereo system can be pretty expensive. A stereo system is foremost an electrical system and so requires a huge sum of money. Some may cost hundreds of dollars, while others may cost up to millions. So before hunting for a stereo system, determine how much you are willing to spend. This way, you can narrow down your choices and stick only to those you can afford.
- Invest on speakers. When putting up a stereo system, speakers are the first things you have to look for. This is because speakers will determine the amount of power you need from a receiver or amplifier. Remember to check the speakers you are interested in. Listen to varied music using the speakers and find out how the speakers sound in every music genre. Consider the size of the speakers as well. Especially if you have limited space, you don’t want to bring home huge speakers.
- Look for a receiver. Receiver works as the system’s mediator. It passes the audio input from your player to the speakers and provides the speakers the power they require. When choosing a receiver, take note of its power input. Make sure that it can support the power requirement of your speakers.
- Consider buying an amplifier. Some receivers have built-in amplifier, others don’t. You can make do without an amplifier, although it is required if you wish to have an extraordinary music experience. Amplifiers allow you to improve audio output by having control of the sound quality. There are two things to consider when choosing an amplifier: THZ and frequency response. THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) is the level of sound distortion when sound is amplified. A good amplifier has a THD rating of 0.1% or below. Frequency response, on the other hand, is the range of produced sound. The best amplifier can produce sound of 20Hz to 20,000Hz.
- Choose a player. Player, or audio input, is where you will feed the sound. It can be a CD player or MP3 player. You don’t have to buy a new player if you already have one. You only have to connect it to the receiver, which will then be connected to the speakers.
There are lots of electronic stores to go to. In fact, your options can be downright overwhelming. But you don’t have to visit them all. Choose only the stores which you think have an array of quality products. If you are low on budget, you can consider going to bargain stores and thrift shops. Some of them may sell second-hand stereo system components that are still usable. If you have a big budget for a stereo system, consider going to specialized and high-end stores. They usually have world-recognized models and brands.