There are so many different kinds of technology and devices on the market these days that it can be challenging to keep up. You’ve probably heard about high definition audio or surround sound, but what about hi-fi sound? Hi-fi is short for “high fidelity” sound. This term was developed to describe sound systems that are designed to play music and audio tracks that are as authentic to the original source or recording.
What’s hi-fi all about?
When you listen to a CD or record or you stream music online, what comes through your speakers or headphones is not necessarily the same as what was originally recorded. It is difficult, if not impossible, to preserve all of the original sounds, tones and levels of feedback during playback. Each speaker is different, and you may experience slight discrepancies in the same recording when you listen to it with different sound systems. The good news is that these differences are almost always minor and may not even be noticeable. Still, true audiophiles may be able to pick out changes and imperfections that are caused by low-quality sound systems. In the interest of achieving an authentic listening experience, hi-fi systems were developed to provide the most genuine playback possible.
Because of the high level of sound quality provided by hi-fi systems, it should come as no surprise that they tend to be very expensive. For small hi-fi speakers, people may pay a few hundred dollars, or up to tens of thousands of dollars for large hi-fi stereo systems. Because of the prohibitively expensive price point, hi-fi systems are often an investment that’s reserved for people who have a commitment to sound that extends beyond a casual interest. Many of the people who purchase hi-fi audio systems are in the music or recording industry, like sound engineers or music producers.
Is it worth it?
The real question when it comes to such a high-ticket item is whether the price tag is actually worth it. The answer is unclear and depends on several things. Some of the products on the market that are listed as “high fidelity” simply don’t cut it when it actually comes down to authentically rendering audio. This can be frustrating for consumers who really do care about sound quality and are willing to invest a lot of money into purchasing high-end audio equipment. Instead of just trusting the product description of a piece of hi-fi equipment, take a look at reviews from people who have actually purchased and used the sound system. You can also ask for advice from an audio dealer in Chicago. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a system before you buy.
Visit an audio dealer in Chicago
When you need advice about audio equipment, give Quintessence Audio LTD a call. We have decades of experience as a premier audio dealer in Chicago. Since 1977, our locally owned and operated company has been helping customers achieve superior sound quality in their homes and businesses. To schedule a consultation or to find out about our installation services, give us a call today.