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Music Lover's Guide to the Ultimate Speaker Set Up

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Music Lover's Guide to the Ultimate Speaker Set Up

A true music lover knows that you can’t listen to your favorite songs on just any old piece of electronic equipment. There is nothing that can bring out the true richness of the song, the texture of the music, like a high-quality speaker system.


So, it’s no surprise that so many music lovers want speaker systems in their own homes. Speakers enhance your music-listening experience, thereby making your home a more pleasurable place to be. Your speakers could be as simple as those attached to a radio in one room, or as complicated as a whole-house audio system experienced. If you love music, good speakers are a must-have for you.


If you have been considering putting a speaker system in your home, read on. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know in this music lover’s guide to speaker installation.

  1. Speakers

    1.Introduction to Speakers

    Home speaker systems are used to amplify sound. The sound that they amplify comes from a receiver. The receiver can be a radio, CD player, an MP3 player or (if you’re old-school) a record or tape player. You will need at least two speakers if you want to have a truly superior listening system. Multi-speaker systems work together to produce a richer, fuller sound.

  2. 2.Types of Speakers


    Floor standing speakers cost the most, but are also the speakers that offer the best performance. Because they are so large, they can produce the kind of sound you can feel in your bones. You may want to consider these speakers if you have a large room with high ceilings. And they’re not just for music buffs - these speakers are also often used for in-home theatres. Bookshelf speakers are very popular because they are relatively inexpensive to produce, don’t take up a lot of space, and do a good job amplifying sound. They are called bookshelf speakers because they are usually just the right size to fit on a shelf or cabinet. These are the best speakers for a small- to medium-sized room. Finally, three-speaker systems come with two speakers and a subwoofer. A subwoofer helps amplify lower-pitched audio sounds (or, bass). The three speakers all work together to bring you a rich sound while taking up a small amount of space. You can buy them together to reduce the guesswork of fitting different instruments together.

  3. 3.The Best Speakers for Your Home


    There are hundreds of different kinds of speakers on the market. Speakers range from cheap and low-tech all the way to very pricy and very high-tech. When it comes to figuring out the best speakers for you, there are a few factors that you should consider. Think about where you listen to music, how often you listen to music, your comfort with technology, and how much you’re willing to pay. Do some research online to help sort through all the different brands and styles. Ask music-lover friends what speakers they prefer. If you are going to install a whole-house music system, ask your electrician what types he or she has worked with before, what he or she prefers and why.

  5. Speaker Location

    4.Where to Put your Speakers

    Figure out where you want your speakers. In what room will you be listening to music? Where are the power outlets there? Will you want them up high and out of the way or small children and pets? If your music system is small, move it around to different parts of the space where you intend to put it and test the sound quality from different spots.

  6. 5.Prepping for the Job

    Prepping for the Job

    Once you’ve figured out where you want your speakers, prepare the area ahead of time. If you are going to mount your speakers on the wall, make sure you know what is behind the wall. You’ll want to use a stud-finder to find studs in the wall. These instruments can also detect pipes, wires and other things you likely won’t want to disturb. You should also know what kind of tools you’ll need and have them handy. If you will be working on a ladder, recruit a friend or family member to help you and make sure you don’t take a nasty fall. If your speakers will be going on the floor or in a cabinet, clear the area of furniture or other household objects and vacuum to get the area clean. Identify electrical outlets. No matter where the speakers are going, thoroughly acquaint yourself with the speaker system so that you’ll know exactly what wires need to connect where.

  7. 6.Preserving your Speakers

    Preserving your Speakers

    Make sure to keep your speakers clean of dust or other debris. Wipe them down with a dry cloth periodically. Make sure the cords in your speakers are in good condition. Keep them out of the way of pets who could chew on cords. You should also make sure they are out of the way of where people could trip over them or bump into them.

  8. 7.Music Safety

    Music Safety

    Remember that electricity and moisture don’t mix. Make sure your speakers never come into contact with liquids. That means making sure party guests don’t use your speakers as coasters and small children and pets know to stay away. Speaking of small children, little ears and loud noises don’t mix. Make sure little ones don’t get too close to your speakers while they’re in use, and keep them turned down to an appropriate level when they are around.

  9. 8.Selecting a Professional Installer

    Professional Installer

    Although this is a job that you could do on your own, you may want to consider having a professional step in to help you with your speaker installation. That’s because professional installation experts or electricians will know how to treat your equipment so it can perform at its best. You don’t want to invest a lot of money in high-quality speakers, only to ruin them because you don’t know what you’re doing. Also, if you’re installing an in-house multi-speaker system, a professional will know how to set that up for you and how to hide the wires without damaging your walls.


    If you are a music lover, it can be exciting to plan your own hi-tech speaker set up. With it, you can listen to music in the comfort of your own home but feel like you are up close and personal with your favorite artists. Get started planning your new speakers today and be listening to your favorite tunes in no time!

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