The advantages of high-end home audio systems in Chicago become apparent when you listen to them for the first time at a specialized retailer. However, not everyone starts out as an audiophile, and the lingo often intimidates. Rather than running away from the prospect of good sound equipment, take a little time to learn. Here are some basic terms you will hear as you learn about the systems and, later, make a decision:
- Dynamic range: This is the difference between the loudest and softest sounds that a piece of equipment can handle. The range you wish for your system depends on its use. Home theater systems benefit from a wide dynamic range, especially if you enjoy action and science fiction films. Your outdoor stereo system will require different considerations to accommodate sound richness outside without disturbing your neighbors.
- Distortion: Anything that is not within the normal and natural when it comes to sound is considered distorted. Static can be distortion, along with the pops that often arise with speakers near the end of their useful lives.
- Driver: A driver is a speaker part that converts electricity into sound energy. Specialty dynamic drivers use a diaphragm that allows for greater sound adaption and quality. If your speaker has a full-range driver, you normally do not require a tweeter.
- Equalizer: It is preferred that one of these is not used, as that shows a lack of quality in a sound recording. However, in audiophile circles, it is frequently a necessary evil. The job of this piece of equipment is to apply filters in order to adjust for sound discrepancies and create a better listening experience.
- Tweeter: A tweeter is a smaller speaker driver that manages high frequencies or treble. While they enrich sound very well, they are also very delicate. If you are considering one for a system with a wide dynamic range, you will want to learn how to protect it.
- Subwoofer: Unlike the tweeter, the subwoofer handles low-frequency sounds, also referred to as bass. While often associated with urban music, it works for a variety of sound environments. It adds depth to a home theater system and even people who listen to opera develop an appreciation of what the subwoofer does for their stereo system.
- Speaker sensitivity: This measurement indicates the speakers’ ability to convert power into sound. The standard way to measure it is watts per meter. High quality speakers frequently have higher sensitivity ratings.
- Gain: Simply put, this is the technical term for an increase of volume. When a sales associate discusses the effects of gain on a speaker, it is about how that speaker manages volume.
- Frequency response: This refers to the output of audio components, including speakers. Higher-end speakers will not show much difference between frequencies. Budget products may vary more based on the frequency.
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