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How to Choose Hi-Fi Speakers

by Ronald Elias

Nothing says you’ve made it like a nice, new set of speakers. And not just any speakers -- speakers that blow your friends away. Speakers that make your friends want to come over to watch every new movie at your house, even if they weren’t invited. Speakers that are just that good.

After the dust has settled on the rest of your smart home purchases, there’s probably still a spot left in your heart for something that really makes your home pop, your 4K content sing, and the rest of the family get earplugs when you crank that volume up. That’s what hi-fi speakers are for.

But buying new speakers – especially expensive ones – can be tricky, and it isn’t something that you want to do on a whim. To help you and your ears out, we put together some tips to help guide you through the process. It’s time to get listening!


Decide Your Needs

Before you even walk into a speaker store, you first should decide what exactly you plan to use your speakers for. Is this a pair to hook up to your record player in your listening room? Do you want a 7.1 surround sound system for your home theater? Are you cramped for space and just looking for a sound bar to get you by until you can upgrade to something bigger?

You also should figure out what hook ups your current system has, and what else you may need to upgrade along the way. Take stock and think before jumping the gun.


Start With Brands You Know and Love

If you’ve purchased hi-fi speakers in the past or have a high-end tech manufacturer that you already know you like to purchase products from, those can be good places to start. Brands like Sony, Samsung, Paradigm, Golden Ear, and Marantz all offer speaker solutions that could be perfect for you!

Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other great brands out there that you haven’t heard of. And that’s what we are here for! Give us a call today – we’d love to chat about our favorite brands and which ones we think will work best for your unique home project and needs.


Decide Your Budget

As well as deciding what you need your speakers to do, you should also come up with a rough budget of how much you are looking to spend. If you are doing other home renovations at the same time, make sure that you are appropriating part of that overall budget for speakers – you don’t want to get everything else installed only to find that you didn’t leave any room for speakers.

Deciding your budget can also help narrow down the wide world of speakers into something a bit more manageable.


Use Your Ears

When it comes to speakers, nothing beats checking them out in person and actually hearing what they sound like. You are the person who is going to be listening to them, so they need to sound good to you. Trust your ears.


Of course, if you want other opinions on speakers, give us a call today and we’ll be glad to walk you though the different speaker options we have available. And if you are really looking to do something cool – like in-ceiling or in-wall speakers – we’re always here to help you tackle your next custom integration project.