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.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Echo Dot (3rd Gen, 2018 release) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal
  • Meet Echo Dot - Our most compact smart speaker that fits perfectly into small spaces.
  • Improved speaker quality - Better speaker quality than Echo Dot Gen 2 for richer and louder sound. Pair with a second Echo Dot for stereo sound.
  • Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others.
  • Ready to help - Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
  • Voice control your smart home - Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices. Create routines to start and end your day.
Bestseller No. 2
Sonos Arc - The Premium Smart Soundbar for TV, Movies, Music, Gaming, and More - Black
  • All-new Sonos Arc - Bring all your entertainment to life with the brilliantly realistic sound of Arc, featuring Dolby Atmos. Enjoy control with your TV remote, voice, the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and more
  • 3D sound with Dolby Atmos - Experience shows, movies, and games with the precise and immersive sound of Dolby Atmos
  • Tuned to perfection - Enhanced Trueplay tuning technology optimizes the sound for the unique acoustics of the room
  • Immerse yourself in the music - Stream music, radio, podcasts, and more from your favorite services with the Sonos app or Apple AirPlay 2 when the TV is off
  • Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback (Full HD (1920x1080) video support may vary based upon host device, file attributes, and other factors.)

#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
Apple AirTag
  • Keep track of and find your items alongside friends and devices in the Find My app
  • Simple one-tap setup instantly connects AirTag with your iPhone or iPad
  • Play a sound on the built-in speaker to help find your things, or just ask Siri for help
  • Precision Finding with Ultra Wideband technology leads you right to your nearby AirTag (on select iPhone models)
  • Find items further away with the help of hundreds of millions of Apple devices in the Find My network
SaleBestseller No. 2
Apple AirTag 4 Pack
  • Keep track of and find your items alongside friends and devices in the Find My app
  • Simple one-tap setup instantly connects AirTag with your iPhone or iPad
  • Play a sound on the built-in speaker to help find your things, or just ask Siri for help
  • Precision Finding with Ultra Wideband technology leads you right to your nearby AirTag (on select iPhone models)
  • Find items further away with the help of hundreds of millions of Apple devices in the Find My network

#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
TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth Headphones Touch Control with Wireless Charging Case IPX8 Waterproof Stereo Earphones in-Ear Built-in Mic Headset Premium Deep Bass for Sport Black
  • [Smart Touch Control] Specific touch control function makes it more convenient, tap once to play/pause music and answer calls, double tap to skip forward/backward, hold to adjust the volume. You can easily control it without operating the phone.
  • [BLUETOOTH 5.3] Adopt the advanced Bluetooth 5.3 technology. TOZO T6 Support HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, which greatly improve the transmission speed and providing you with a low-latency listening experience.
  • [One step pairing] Pick up 2 headsets from charging case and they will connect each other automatically, then only one step easily enter mobile phone Bluetooth setting to pair the earbuds.
  • [IPX8 waterproof] Earbuds and charging case inner Nano-coating makes it possible to waterproof for 1 meters deep for 30 minutes. It is suitable for sports to prevent water. Ideal for sweating it out at the gym . Earbuds and case even can be washed by water and soap.
  • [Charge on the go] Playtime lasts for over 6 hours from single charge and total 30 hours with charging case. Enjoy fast charging, to fully charge the rechargerable case only 55 minutes via cable or less than 2 hours via wireless charger. Providing convenient charging way with no strings attached.
SaleBestseller No. 2
Ailun 2Pack Screen Protector Compatible for iPhone 13 Pro [6.1 inch] Display 2021 + 2 Pack Camera Lens Protector,Tempered Glass Film,[9H Hardness] - HD [Not for iPhone 13 Pro Max]
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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
Echo Dot (3rd Gen, 2018 release) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal
  • Meet Echo Dot - Our most compact smart speaker that fits perfectly into small spaces.
  • Improved speaker quality - Better speaker quality than Echo Dot Gen 2 for richer and louder sound. Pair with a second Echo Dot for stereo sound.
  • Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others.
  • Ready to help - Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
  • Voice control your smart home - Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices. Create routines to start and end your day.
Bestseller No. 2
Bose TV Speaker - Soundbar for TV with Bluetooth and HDMI-ARC Connectivity, Black, Includes Remote Control
  • Hear your TV better: Designed with simplicity in mind, the Bose TV Speaker is a small soundbar that clarifies speech and is a simple fix for better TV sound.
  • Wide, natural sound: 2 angled full-range drivers deliver a more realistic, spatial audio experience for overall better TV sound from a small soundbar.
  • Enhanced dialogue: This TV speaker is designed to specifically focus on clarifying and elevating vocals and pronunciation.
  • Bluetooth TV speaker: Pair your device to this Bluetooth soundbar to wirelessly stream your favorite music and podcasts.
  • Simple setup: A single connection from this compact soundbar to the TV via an optical audio cable (included) or an HDMI cable (sold separately) has you up and running in minutes.

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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