Speaker Buying Guide

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You have a lot of choices when it comes to speakers. If you’re not sure which is best for your needs, here are 10 things you should consider before making your purchase.

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10 Things to Take Into Account Before Buying A Speaker

#1) How powerful does the speaker need to be?

The size and power of the speaker will depend on what type of sound system you want (e.g., home theater or stereo). The more power, the louder it will be; however, this also means that the bigger speakers may require more electricity to operate at full capacity.

You can find smaller amplifiers with lower wattage ratings if you only need low-volume sound output. It’s important to take into consideration how large an area you’ll be filling with sound as well — large speakers are required for bigger rooms, while smaller speakers are great for small spaces.

Bestseller No. 1
Klipsch Black Reference Theater Pack 5.1 Surround Sound System
  • The Klipsch reference theater pack delivers a superior acoustic performance while keeping an incredibly minimal footprint
  • Klipsch's exclusive Tractrix Horn technology and aluminum Tweeters deliver the cleanest, most natural sound possible. The down-firing wireless subwoofer is designed to deliver room-filling low frequencies without requiring too much floor space
  • To complement the easy placement of the wireless subwoofer, each satellite speaker has a keyhole mount and a threaded insert for maximum mounting flexibility
  • The reference theater pack brings the Klipsch cinematic sound into your home with an incredibly minimal footprint
SaleBestseller No. 2
VIZIO V-Series 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Dolby Audio, Bluetooth, Wireless Subwoofer, Voice Assistant Compatible, Includes Remote Control - V51x-J6
  • America's #1 Sound Bar* - VIZIO has been filling homes with truly immersive audio for over 10 years, and our sound bars just keep getting better. We are proud to provide our customers with top-tier audio products that bring movies, shows, podcasts, music, and more to life like never before. (*#1 Sound Bar Brand in 1H 2022 Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, U.S., based on units, Jan. - June 2022 combined.)
  • Optimized for 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio 5.1 - Bring out the best audio performance from your 4K HDR content with Dolby Audio 5.1 when connected through HDMI.
  • Loud and Clear - The 96dB sound pressure level and 50Hz – 20kHz frequency range deliver dynamic and accurate Sound.
  • DTS Virtual:X - Enhances any content with room-filling, floor-to-ceiling virtualized 3D sound.
  • 5” Wireless Subwoofer - Place the wireless subwoofer anywhere in the room to add deep booming bass.

#2) What is the speaker’s wattage rating?

Wattage can affect your speaker system’s sound quality. Generally speaking, more watts suggests a better-sounding product, but this isn’t always the case — factors like impedance and distortion levels can have just as much of an impact on sound quality.

Although higher wattages generally indicate higher quality sound, it doesn’t mean that lower wattage speakers aren’t just as good; low watt ratings may mean longer periods of listening time before the amp needs to be recharged or replaced by a new one. It also means less wear and tear on your batteries or electrical socket over time. For example, a 100-watt speaker will take less power from your charged amplifier than a 50-watt model.

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#3) What type of speaker is right for you?

f you’ll be using your speakers in any harsh outdoor conditions, Metal Speaker’s would be the best choice because metal speakers are great for vibration and weather resistance. For indoor use, there is no difference between metal and plastic speakers. It all depends on how much volume you need and how loud you want them to play.

Bestseller No. 1
My Heavy Metal Stereo Set Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speakers – Powerful Sound - Use 1 or Link 2 Together for True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Technology – Set of 2 pairable Speakers (Gold)
  • HAVING TWO SPEAKERS allows you to take full advantage of My Heavy Metal's state-of-the-art Bluetooth Technology featuring True Wireless Stereo (TWS) sound. Enjoy real Left/Right Channel Audio from a pocket size power house. Each speaker can also be used individually.
  • SMALL ENOUGH to fit in your pocket, but big enough to fill a room with your favorite jam. Metal, Classical, County, Hip-Hop, Pop or Rock, they all sound great from My Heavy Metal Bluetooth Speakers. Impressive, rich, clear, quality sound with robust bass that will surprise you. The 3W audio driver packs a punch!
  • EASY WIRELESS BLUETOOTH CONNECTION to your smartphone, tablet, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Bluetooth V4.2. TWO CONVENIENT RECHARGING OPTIONS: The Stereo Set (Two Speakers) includes a charging dock to quickly charge both speakers at once or charge on the go with 2 extra charging cables that are also included.
  • My Heavy Metal Body provides rich powerful music anywhere. They even have a built-in mic for great hands-free options. Can connect with Alexa or Google, take calls, or work with other apps that require a mic. The included lanyards make it easy to take your music anywhere.
  • 100% GUARANTEE! Enjoy your new speaker(s) worry free. American company with world class U.S. based customer service. Contact us directly and we will make sure you are thrilled.
Bestseller No. 2
Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 Performance Gaming Headset for PC & Mobile with 3.5mm, Xbox Series X, S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch – 50mm Speakers, Metal Headband - White
  • LARGE 50MM NANOCLEAR SPEAKERS - Large, powerful 50mm over-ear Nanoclear speakers deliver Turtle Beach’s signature esports audio tuning
  • SURROUND SOUND READY - Optimized to support spatial audio technologies for immersive gaming audio
  • PRO GAMING MIC WITH TRUSPEAK TECHNOLOGY - Ensure your voice is always heard loud and clear with Turtle Beach’s professional quality, noise-cancelling mic
  • AEROFIT EAR CUSHIONS - Smooth athletic fabric combined with cooling gel-infused memory foam keeps your ears comfortable and cool while also blocking out external noise and improving bass response
  • DURABLE COMFORT - A sleek metal headband with a suspended pad and swappable memory foam ear cushions ensure unmatched comfort

#4) How long must the battery last?

The lifespan of an average battery or rechargeable battery can vary anywhere from 20 hours to 100 hours. The lifespan of the battery will depend on the volume level and type of playback you’ll be using.

If you need your speakers to last all day at a music festival, for example, plan on buying extra batteries so they can easily be replaced when needed.

#5) Should you get wireless or wired speakers?

A lot of people choose wireless speakers because there is no risk of them being unplugged by accident or tripping over wires during use.

Wireless speakers enjoy more benefits than just limited physical entanglements — convenience features like Bluetooth connectivity and remote controls can help with playing and pausing songs without having to stop what you’re doing to hunt down the right controls. Wireless speakers are also great if you plan on using the device in several different locations since they don’t require an outlet for charging or the use of extension cords.

But wireless speakers aren’t perfect; low battery life is one of their biggest drawbacks. Some models can barely last eight hours before they need to be charged again (wired speakers, on the other hand, can run for days without needing juice). Bluetooth connectivity is another potential downside; although no sound is lost in transmission during playback, some music files may not work with certain types of Bluetooth connections.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Enclave CineHome PRO - 5.1 Wireless Plug and Play Home Theater Surround Sound System - THX, Dolby, DTS WiSA Certified - Includes 5 Active Wireless Speakers, 10-inch Subwoofer & CineHub Transmitter
  • SURROUND SOUND LIKE NO OTHER - The THX Certified CineHome PRO will transform your living room into a true surround sound cinematic experience that no sound bar can match—providing immersive, movie-theater-quality audio.
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED - This system includes an Enclave CineHub wireless transmitter, 5 wireless active speakers powered by custom-tuned Class-D amplifiers, a 10-inch wireless subwoofer, an HDMI Cable, power cords, a quick start guide & a remote control.
  • DOLBY & DTS AUDIO - Hear cinema-like surround sound with Dolby Audio and DTS encoding technologies, even from stereo signals. Experience your favorite shows and movies how the director intended with clear vocals and rich, room-filling sound.
  • PLUG & PLAY SETUP - The CineHub is equipped with ARC for a simple setup process. Connect the HDMI cable provided to the ARC port of your TV, ensure the sound output is set to HDMI ARC and you’re done!
  • REMOTE & APP CONTROLS - Enclave is designed to work with your TV or streaming device remote when connected via HDMI ARC to your TV. Want more bass? Connect your smartphone to CineHub with Bluetooth & use our Remote App to customize your sound.
Bestseller No. 2
Enclave CineHome II - 5.1 Wireless Plug and Play Home Theater Surround Sound System - Dolby, DTS WiSA Certified - Includes 5 Custom Designed Wireless Speakers, 8-inch Subwoofer & CineHub Transmitter
  • THE SOUND OF AFFORDABLE LUXURY - The Enclave CineHome II is an affordable luxury with premium quality sound. This plug-and-play surround sound system delivers immersive surround sound and sets up in minutes, with no AVR or WiFi required.
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED - This system includes an Enclave CineHub wireless transmitter, 5 custom-designed & tuned active speakers, an 8-inch wireless subwoofer, an HDMI cable, power cords, a quick start guide, and a remote control.
  • PLUG & PLAY SETUP - The CineHub is equipped with ARC for a simple setup process. Connect the HDMI cable provided to the ARC port of your TV, ensure the sound output is set to HDMI ARC, and you’re done!
  • DOLBY & DTS AUDIO - Hear cinema-like surround sound with Dolby Audio and DTS encoding technologies, even from stereo signals. Experience your favorite shows and movies how the director intended, with clear vocals and rich, room-filling sound.
  • ALL ABOUT THE BASS - To maximize your bass experience, simply add additional subwoofers to your CineHome II system. This will also even out any dead spots across your listening space.

Network compatibility issues between older phones and newer speakers might also arise. Wired speakers don’t have any of these problems because there’s no chance they’ll run out of power unexpectedly or lose their connection to the source device. And if you don’t want anyone tripping over cords, wired speakers are your only choice.

#6) What is the speaker’s sound quality like?

There’s no way to be sure how good a speaker sounds until you try it — just because one company makes great speakers doesn’t mean that every product they make will live up to those same high standards. Every speaker system is different, and its sound quality will vary depending on what kind of hardware and software was used in its construction as well as the wattage and frequency ratings.

The best method for narrowing down your selection is by reading reviews from other customers who have already bought and tested these products so you’ll know exactly what kinds of features to look out for before you buy.

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#7) Are the speakers multi-functional?

Every speaker system is multi-functional in some way, but some brands have more features than others. For example, a great feature to look for in a Bluetooth speaker is a built-in microphone so it can be used to make and receive phone calls free of charge without having to touch your phone while driving or at other busy times.

Many wireless speakers also have volume control buttons on the main unit rather than from inside your device’s menu, which allows you to change the volume levels even when the software volume limits won’t let you turn it any higher or lower.

#8) What style do they come in?

Speakers don’t just come in different styles — they also come in many different colors. You’ll also be able to choose between having speakers that are portable, stationary, or easily mountable on a wall or ceiling if you need them out of the way for whatever reason.

#9) Is the speaker durable enough?

If you’re looking for durability, you’re going to have to expect some compromises when it comes to portability. Portable speakers are smaller and lighter than their larger counterparts, but can’t produce as loud or bassy sounds if they aren’t made from durable materials like metal or plastic.

A good rule of thumb is that the more features your speaker have (like Bluetooth connectivity), the less likely it’s going to hold up through heavy use over time.

#10) How easy is the speaker to set up and use?

Just because a product looks great on paper doesn’t mean it’s going to be as simple as just plugging it in and playing your music. Look for some of the most common uses before you buy any speaker system, such as making sure that wireless speakers can connect to all Bluetooth-enabled devices and that wired speakers automatically switch between multiple sources without having to unplug and plug them back again every time you start using a different device.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Cable Matters Triple Gang 7.1 Speaker Wall Plate with HDMI (Home Theater Wall Plate, Banana Plug Wall Plate) in White
  • 3 gang home theater wall plate can connect 7 speakers, 1 subwoofer and a UHD TV with HDMI; Install this audio video wall plate in a standard triple gang outlet or low voltage bracket for your home theater system; Low-profile Speaker wire wall plate is 4.5 x 6.4 x 0.2 inches; Mounting screws are included
  • Screw type binding post banana plug wall plate with adjustable thumb screws can be used with banana plugs, spade connectors, or bare 12 to 18 AWG speaker wires; 7 speaker wall plate is labeled for front, rear and center speakers; Binding post terminals on this speaker wall plate have red and black ring labels on the front and rear of the 7.1 surround sound wall plate for easy identification
  • Subwoofer wall plate port with a female coupler can connect an RCA subwoofer cable concealed behind the wall; Install this speaker faceplate for a future A/V receiver upgrade
  • 4K HDMI wall plate with pass-thru for common video resolutions including 4Kx2K (UHD), 3840x2160, and HD 1080p; Audio pass-thru support for DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD and more
  • Three-piece surround sound wall plates include a faceplate and two inserts for a quick installation; Home theater wall plate, with gold-plated binding post, RCA, and HDMI connectors provides a reliable connection and distribute authentic audio and vibrant video; A lifetime warranty is included with this multimedia wall plate for peace of mind when purchasing
Bestseller No. 2
Klipsch Reference R-26FA 7.1 Home Theater System, Brushed Black Polymer Veneer
  • KIT INCLUDES: 2x Klipsch Reference R-26FA Dolby Atmos Floorstanding Speaker (Black) | Klipsch Reference R-25C Two-Way Center Channel Speaker, 400W Peak Power (Black) | Klipsch Reference R-12SW 12" 400W All-Digital Powered Subwoofer (Brushed Black) | Klipsch Reference R-14M 4" Reference Bookshelf Speakers - Pair (Black) | Front Grille | Top Grille | Klipsch 5 Year Limited Warranty
  • Built-in Elevation Channel for Dolby Atmos
  • 1" Aluminum Diaphragm Compression Tweeter
  • Dual 6.5" Copper Spun Magnetically Shielded IMG Woofers
  • 90 x 90 Square Tractrix Horn

Speaker systems with advanced features like multi-room connectivity may require specific software or hardware setups first so look out for those red flags and make sure you read each manual carefully before unpacking your new purchase.

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Conclusion

If you’re looking for a high-quality speaker that will last, then you’ll need to make sure it’s durable and has good sound quality.

Consider the different styles of speakers available (portable vs stationary), how easy they are to set up and use, whether or not they have additional features like Bluetooth connectivity, as well as what color suits your tastes best. Remember to read reviews before making any purchase so you know exactly what kind of product is right for you!

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Over the years, Richard has tried his hand at a variety of creative outlets. While he doesn't consider himself to have reached a level of expertise, Richard has mastered various instruments and most recently enjoys composing cinematic works that take listeners on an emotional journey. He takes great pride in remaining unbiased and dedicated to the audience, constantly striving for improvement and innovation. He is an audiophile and loves to test out new home theater receivers, music systems, hi-fi systems, soundbars, speakers, televisions, earphones... pretty much anything that can produce sound!