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
Polk Audio PSW10 10" Powered Subwoofer - Power Port Technology, Up to 100 Watts, Big Bass in Compact Design, Easy Setup with Home Theater Systems Black
  • POWERED SUBWOOFER FOR EXTRA BASS & PUNCH – A 10-inch Dynamic Balance woofer & a uniquely configured directed port provides accurate bass with added depth that brings your music and movies alive. A perfect solution for your small-to-mid size room
  • LOUDER CLEARER SOUND EVEN AT HIGH VOLUME – Enjoy a thrilling yet balanced music experience with rich, deep sound, even at low frequencies. BLENDS EASILY WITH ANY SPEAKER and plays the most demanding nodes effortlessly without any distortion
  • DOUBLE THE AMPLIFIER POWER TO 100 Watts of Dynamic Power with its in-built 50-watt RMS amp. Sophisticated engineering with best in class resonance-free driver materials make this sub highly durable and FIT FOR EXTENDED USE
  • EASY TO INTEGRATE WITH EXISTING SYSTEMS – Hook up this sub to the receiver and upgrade your music sound instantly! Features continuously variable 80-160 Hz crossover and 40-160 Hz (-3dB) frequency response
  • A sleek detachable grille on the front, speaker and line-level inputs as well as speaker-level outputs on the back, and a Phase Toggle Switch for multiple subwoofers, make this sub cohesive and complete!

#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
LyxPro SPA-8 8" Portable PA Speaker System With Metal Tripod Stand Combo Kit 100-Watt RMS Power Active Amplifier Equalizer Bluetooth SD Slot USB MP3 XLR 1/4" 1/8" 3.5mm Inputs Remote Control
  • POWERFUL 100 WATT ACTIVE PA SPEAKER WOOFER SYSTEM : LyxPro SPA-8 Comes built in with a Professional powered 8” Inch Real 100 Watt Powerful Active DJ/PA Amplifier woofer System Power Split 70-Watt LF & 30-Watt HF , Enjoy your favorite Music thru the Built in Bluetooth connection directly from your Phone Iphone , or Music Player no cables needed , Great for churches, small parties, schools, class rooms, gyms, corporate meetings & presentations
  • 6 FEET ADJUSTABLE STAND CONSTRUCTED WITH STRONG STEEL TUBE AND KNOB : Extra strong foldable metal tube and knob for easy setup , Safety pin keeps your speaker perfectly secured in place with no worry of collapsing , for any kind of use even at the maximum height it stays put in place by the non-slip rubber feet
  • GREAT FOR ANY OCASSION AND LOCATION : Enjoy endless great music playing and listening whether its guitar piano or drum playing, indoor or outdoor party, or speaking to an audience - Compact and lightweight to carry around for indoor and outdoor use Lightweight Weighs a merely 14 Pounds – Compact size is 14” H x 9.25” W x 8” D
  • MULTIPLE EASY CONNECTIONS : Easily connects to your phone with the Built in Bluetooth, Onboard intuitive music controls for Mp3 EQ control Section , XLR Microphone input , SD Card Slot & USB Input, 3.5mm AUX input w/Per-Input level knobs, R/L RCA Inputs w/Per-Input Level Knobs, XLR 1/4" Inputs with Mic/Line switch
  • LINK MULTIPLE SPEAKERS AT ONCE : With a simple XLR Cable you can daisy chain multiple active / Passive speakers with one easy setup to your favorite instrument or microphone - 100% Customer Satisfaction GUARANTEED we stand behind our products and pride ourselves with exceptional customer service care
Bestseller No. 2
uxcell a15080600ux0275 Metal Shell Round Internal Magnet Speaker 2W 8 Ohm (Pack of 4)
  • Product Name : Magnetic Speaker;Power : 2W
  • Resistance : 8ohm;Shape : Round
  • Diameter : 28mm/ 1.1";Material : Metal, Plastic
  • Weight : 29g
  • Package Content : 4 x Magnet Speaker

#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.

Bestseller No. 1
Acoustic Audio by Goldwood Bluetooth 5.1 Surround Sound System with LED Light Display, FM Tuner, USB and SD Card Inputs - 6-Piece Home Theater Speaker Set, Includes Remote Control - AA5400 Black
  • THE ULTIMATE HOME THEATER EXPERIENCE: Our 5.1 speaker system includes 5 speakers and 1 subwoofer; Delivers powerful surround sound while watching TV, gaming, or streaming music from your phone to the built in Bluetooth receiver
  • LED ILLUMINATED SURROUND SOUND: Each system features an integrated power amp with 300 watts of power while the LED illuminated subs display multi colored flashing lights in a variety of different patterns
  • GREAT FOR AT HOME ENTERTAINMENT: Use our sound equipment for binge-watching your favorite TV shows, for movie nights at home with the family, or for gaming on your computer, or for listening to music on your MP3 player
  • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Our system is compatible with any standard 3.5 millimeter headphones, RCA stereo, or RCA 6 Channel surround audio outputs, and features a standard US 110V grounded wall plug
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: Acoustic Audio by Goldwood AA5400 powered subwoofer speaker, 5 passive wired satellite speakers, full function remote, 3.5 millimeter to RCA cable, 3 RCA to RCA jack cables, and an instruction manual
Bestseller No. 2
Klipsch Reference Theater Pack 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System, Wireless High Fidelity Subwoofer, Wall Mountable Design, Spmor Mouse Pad
  • Flexible System Placement: To complement the easy placement of the wireless subwoofer, each satellite speaker has a keyhole mount and a ¼" x 20 threaded insert (the center channel has dual keyhole / inserts) for maximum mounting flexibility.
  • Wireless High Fidelity Subwoofer: The down-firing wireless subwoofer is designed to deliver room-filling low frequencies without requiring too much floorspace. The 2.4GHz connectivity allows for premium, CD-quality sound anywhere in the room. Simply connect the compact, pre-paired transmitter to the subwoofer or LFE out on your receiver and place the subwoofer where it sounds and fits best in your room.
  • Cinematic Acoustics: The Reference Theater Pack delivers superior acoustic performance by leveraging Injection Molded Graphite (IMG) woofers. These exceptionally lightweight cones are extremely rigid – providing remarkable low frequency response, with minimal cone breakup and distortion.A Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) tweeter minimizes distortion for enhanced, detailed performance.
  • Spun Copper IMG Woofers: Injection Molded Graphite (IMG) woofers are exceptionally light while being extremely rigid — providing remarkable low frequency response, with minimal cone breakup and distortion. ALL-DIGITAL AMPLIFIER The built-in all-digital subwoofer amplifier delivers ample power with high efficiency and true-to-source accuracy in reproduction.
  • Linear Travel Suspension Horn-Loaded Tweeters. Spmor Mouse Pad Accessories.

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
Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speaker System with 7.1 DTS:X Ultra Surround Sound, Game based LIGHTSYNC RGB, Two Speakers and Subwoofer, Immersive Gaming Experience - Black
  • Built-in LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting blasts game driven lighting colors and effects activated by the audio in many popular games
  • Explosive 240 Watts Peak power and unique driver design deliver a huge soundscape for a heightened gaming experience
  • Integrated DTS:X Ultra surround sound renders 3D positional audio so you hear your gaming environment from every angle
  • Easily customize four speaker lighting zones with Logitech Family Software for both front and rear light projection in your choice of 16.8 million colors
  • Works with Windows based PCs and Bluetooth enabled devices including computers, smartphones and tablets (DTS:X not supported on Mac OS X)
Bestseller No. 2
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

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!

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