Speakers – Tips For Buying The Best

The speaker is the most important link in the audio chain for the simple reason that the end result that every audio component aims for is to improve the listener’s experience.

So which speaker is best for you? It depends on a number of factors…

… The level of setup you intend to have.

… Your willingness or otherwise to modify the spaces where your factory speakers fit.

… The amount of bucks you are willing to spend.

You can find other reasons. However, these will, or rather should help shape, your buying decision.

Once you’ve decided on these, the following will help you get the speakers that fit into your plans.

RMS: RMS stands for Root Mean Square, which is an accurate means of measuring and comparing the power of a speaker. If you already have an amplifier, make sure this value is not more than 3/4 of the amp’s rating. Your speakers will love you for it.

Peak Power Handling: This represents what a speaker can handle in short bursts, that is, for few milliseconds. A speaker cannot handle power at this rating for sustained periods.

Efficiency (or sensitivity): The higher the efficiency the more the sound per input. Here’s a rule you can follow…

If a speaker has an efficiency/sensitivity rating of 81Db, it means that it will produce 81Db of sound 39″ or 1 meter from the speaker when there is an input of 1 watt. Each time the power input is doubled, there is an increase of 3Db in sound. So if the power handling of a speaker is 128 watts, it will have a maximum sound output of 102Db. You can do the maths if you’re interested…

So if you have limited amplification, go for higher efficiency. If you’ve got lots of amp power, then you can go for less.

Round or oval speakers: Oval speakers have more area and so move more air thus producing more bass. This is important if space is a big issue for you. However, it must be noted that at higher sound levels, these oval speaker drivers are more likely to distort.

Now go shop for your speakers with confidence.

Post time: 03-10-2018