When setting up your high end sound system in Chicago, IL, you may be tempted to take a few shortcuts here and there to alleviate the costs presented by a truly great home theater. But if there’s one area where you should never settle for a lesser product, it’s your loudspeakers.
Speakers are the key to the audio performance of your sound system—if they’re not the right choice for you both in terms of quality and functionality, your dream system is going to be a disappointment. When choosing your loudspeakers, be sure to keep the following considerations in mind:
1) Sound. The number one consideration is quality. If your speakers aren’t equipped to handle your preferred music at your preferred volume and maintain optimal sound, your listening experience will be a letdown, or even a disappointment.
2) Suitability. Now that some freestanding speakers use electrostatic, planar and ribbon technology to produce sound along electrical charges rather than through the customary woofer, tweeter and midrange driver, classical music aficionados, for example, may want to consider opting for them to get the closest reproduction of complex notes and timbres.
3) Size and style. Good quality loudspeakers today are available in a range of sizes and styles, and it’s important to evaluate both your home theater setup and your aesthetic tastes to determine which type of speaker is going to fit in the best. You can choose from discreet models that fit on your bookcase, massive freestanding models that act as furniture themselves, slim models that can be affixed to your wall, cutting-edge models that can be wired into your walls or ceilings or even sculptural models that bring an artistic touch to your décor. Most high-end speakers are available in a variety of finishes, as well, to be as unobtrusive or as stand-out as you’d like.
4) Integration. In-wall and in-ceiling speakers blend in with the electrical features already present, like light fixtures, and can be painted to match the wall and limit the amount of attention drawn to them. If you do chose in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, ensure that the model has enough of a dampening property to keep the drywall or sheetrock from corrupting the sound.
5) Quality over quantity. Sometimes, three-way speakers with a woofer, midrange and tweeter driver are offered at the same price as two-way speakers, but if the two-way speaker uses better quality drivers, always opt for the quality of the product rather than the deal offered.
6) Interference. While wireless speakers are temptingly free of the unpleasant mess wires can create and may be a great option for your home sound system, be sure to assess the quality of your wireless system first. If you experience interference with your wireless signals, the performance of your speakers will be severely compromised.
To find the right speakers for your high end sound system in Chicago, IL, it’s often best to consult a professional speaker retailer to help you evaluate the above considerations in tandem with your needs, setup and price range.