Listening to music, from the profound sound recording to the artists creativity, can be an obsession for some music listeners, and a simple sound bar or smaller computer speakers just wont cut it for their personal listening standards. The good news? With the rapid growth of this group of audiophiles, manufacturers have upped their game and offered solutions.
And the timing could not be better, as thousands of artists release high resolution music online to download for your convenience every passing second. High quality professional audio systems are necessary in every multimedia system, and include digital sound processors, wired microphones & microphone systems, mixing consoles, different types of loudspeakers, and amplifiers.
What are good options for speakers?
There are two broad categories of speakers for hi-fi audio: passive and active. The former are the typical traditional standard of speakers, and are driven by a separate amplifier. More recently, manufacturers have reduced amplifiers in size in order to fit them into the speakers housings and make them active, or self powered.
Over the last couple of decades, passive speakers have been upgraded with many innovations in design and engineering. Some manufacturers even offer models for bookshelf and floor standing speakers.
#The JBL L-series
From the L830 bookshelf to the L890 model, all the speakers are designed with mylar domes on the ultra high transducers, a cast aluminum chassis for the primary drivers, and PolyPlas domes on the high-transducers. Every model up the series has an increase in frequency response, with black or cherry options available in every model.
Active speakers provide the ability to control consistency from different speakers, so that two different people with similar speakers will generally have the same audio experience. The quandary with these is that the internal amplifier cannot be bypassed in order to connect to another amp, even if it’s more superior.
#The Adam Audi Artist series
This comes in different sizes and configurations, with their primary specialty being the X-ART carbon fiber woofer and ribbon tweeter combination that are powered through bi-amplification.
Best amplifiers to power your speakers?
There are two general type of amplifiers you can choose from: the integrated stereo amplifiers and the headphone amplifiers. The latter are for those who want a high end listening experience with their personal devices in an isolated environment. There are certain headphone amplifiers for various models, such as the Music Hall ph25.2 and the Grado RA1, that have to be driven by AC current.
Integrated amplifiers are the main element that fuels a set of speakers. They are basically similar to the conventional ;stereo receivers, without the built in AM/FM radio tuner. Unlike the old vacuum tube based amplifiers, integrated amplifiers are in stable condition, and have printed circuits on certain internal cards.
#The Yamaha A-S 3000
Its retro design and analog metering is accompanied by 100W per channel at 8Ohms, and packed with a toroidal transformer for zero (0) transmission loss. It ensures less signal to noise ratio with its symmetrical layout, which allows for short signal runs.
Most people tend to work on a limited budget when choosing an audio system. The general rule of thumb – ask yourself: what will bring you the biggest bang for your buck? Of course, speakers.
While it may be easy to settle for a beefed up receiver with fancy internal components for $2,000, they’ll hardly be worth your money. At best, you are paying for something that is very hard to notice, even by professionals in ideal environments, and at worst, you are paying more for the placebo effect. A pocket friendly AV receiver with superb speakers will go a long way – and you can always get a newer receiver if you feel like the old one is hold your system back.