When you’re looking for a brand new audio system for your home, it’s important to do plenty of research to make sure you’re getting a good quality system, especially if you’re in the market for a higher-end brand. This may require you to learn a little bit about how sound systems work and some of the elements that should factor into your decision.
With this in mind, here are a few of the features you should look for in a high-end audio system in Chicago:
- Dynamic range: The range of the system refers to the number of sounds it can produce. A full range for an audio system is usually 20-20,000 Hz, and having this full range will provide you with a crisper, more detailed sound than audio systems that have much smaller, more restricted ranges. Of the many factors that influence sound quality in an audio system, the range might be the most important one.
- Power: Pay close attention to the wattage on any type of audio system you research. The power of the system influences the number of decibels it is capable of producing. Audio recordings that sound great at medium volumes can occasionally degrade at low or high volumes, so low-wattage systems won’t give you great results if you plan on using the audio system for listening parties or any type of scenario in which you want loud audio. Basic stereo systems tend to have 150-200 watts per channel, but musicians and DJs often opt for systems closer to 300-500 watts. Keep in mind, though, that high wattage does not always mean high quality.
- Audio source: The audio source will also have a big role in how the audio sounds in your new system. Will you be using the stereo to stream HD music, or will you be watching lower quality videos through it? The best way to determine the potential of your system is to use high-quality sources to test it out. Digital files that have at least 320kbps quality are much better for testing than old, grainy, low-quality recordings.
- Distortion: Look for the THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) rating on the stereo. This number will give you an indication of how closely the quality of the sound that comes from the speakers will match the quality of its original source. If the difference between the speakers and receiver is too large, you’re likely to have lower-quality audio.
- Price: While price isn’t exactly a technical feature of the sound system, it’s still something you’ll want to take into consideration. You shouldn’t focus on choosing the least expensive system if you’re looking for a good quality sound system, but rather the best sound system within your price range that gives you everything you’re looking for. Consider the previous factors, as well as the amount you’re willing to spend, and you can significantly narrow down your available choices to make the decision easier.
For more information about choosing a high-end audio system in Chicago, contact Quintessence Audio LTD today.