How to Choose the Right Speakers to Buy in 2020

by Abhijeeth Shetty November 02, 2020

How to Choose the Right Speakers to Buy in 2020

From the traditional single-driver type to the modern-day multi driver and feature-rich type, speakers have have come a long way to be where they are today. With technical advancements, modern-day speakers have a lot more to offer than ever before. Today, speakers are available in different sizes, designs, shapes and can be used for a wide range of applications. Here is a simple guide to help you buy a perfect speaker and by answering a few simple questions given below:


1. WHICH SPEAKERS TO GO WITH, WIRED OR WIRELESS?


WIRELESS SPEAKERS 

As the name suggests, these are a type of speakers that allow you to play your music wirelessly through smartphones, tablets and other media sources. These portable speakers come with built-in rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth connectivity making it ideal for you to carry it outdoors. 


WIRED SPEAKERS

Wired speakers are speakers that are connected to the audio source using a cable. You can use these speakers are ideal for discerning music lovers who like to set their speakers up DAC and amplifiers for audiophile-grade music listening. These speakers offer you better control over audio. 


2. WHAT KIND OF SPEAKERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?

Picking the right speakers depends entirely on why your usage and application. So before you head over to buy the speakers you need to be sure of why you are looking for them. Given below are some of the usages of speakers:    


PORTABLE SPEAKERS

Speakers which are meant to be carried around without the hassle of wires and cables. Be it for travelling or otherwise if you are looking for speakers for music on the go this is what you should be looking for. 


SMART SPEAKERS

With everything getting smarter these days, why shouldn't speakers too? Some speakers come with integrated voice assistants that can get your work done in a jiffy.   


MULTI-ROOM SPEAKERS

If you want to set up a network of speakers wirelessly across different rooms of your home, you should go with multi-room speakers. 


3. WHAT ARE ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SPEAKERS?


ACTIVE SPEAKERS

Active speakers are speakers which are integrated with power amplifiers, EQ settings and most of the time they also come with an inbuilt microphone, while they only require external power to operate. These speakers are ideal for casual and on the go music listening. 


PASSIVE SPEAKERS

Passive speakers, on the other hand, require external amplifiers or mixers and cables to operate. These speakers are required to be set up with apt impedance and power ratings in order for them to function properly. Passive speakers are ideal for audiophiles and music professionals.   


4. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF SPEAKERS 


BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS

These are compact sized speakers designed for home audio applications and they are ideal for in-room setup. If you need speakers to be placed in a bookshelf or if you are looking for a home theatre system you should go with Bookshelf speakers. 


SUBWOOFER SPEAKERS

Big fan of bass-music? Love to groove to EDM tracks? Subwoofer speakers are all you need. These speakers are designed to offer low pitched frequencies so that you can enjoy thumping bass in your favourite songs.  


FLOORSTANDING SPEAKERS

Also known as tower speakers, Floorstanding Speakers are ideal for home audio systems to be placed beside the TV set up for loud, surround music listening experience. If you don't want to go for a full-fledged home theatre system but still want a good in house sound system for TV, you should go with Floorstanding Speakers.  


IN-WALL SPEAKERS

If you are running out of space but still want to have a powerful audio system in place then in-wall speakers might be an option for you. They are budget-friendly as compared to other home audio systems and they fit perfectly within a limited space like within the wall. So if you wanna a setup home theatre under a budget, consider buying in-wall speakers.


5. WHY DO YOU WANT TO BUY A SPEAKER?


FOR MUSIC

If you love listening to music and want to elevate your music listening experience by shifting from headphones to speakers. 


FOR MOVIES

If you are a movie freak and do not want to miss out on the hi-end audio experience while watching your favourite movies and TV shows. 


FOR STUDIO

If you are a musician or audio engineer who needs speakers for hi-end music, then the studio speakers are for you.


FOR GAMING

If you are an avid gamer and you are looking for high-end gaming audio set up in your gaming space, you should consider buying gaming speakers.


6. WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO INSTALL THE SPEAKERS?

You need to decide on a speaker based on the space where you want to install it. Depending on the type and size of the room you can pick from the available types of speakers.  


7. WHAT ARE THE AVAILABLE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS? 

Connectivity is a crucial aspect of buying speakers. There different kinds of speakers offering a wide range of connectivity options including the Bluetooth connectivity, RCA, XLR, HDMI, etc. You should buy speakers depending on connectivity options which are suitable for your audio setup.

 

That's all folks! We hope this guide helped you to decide on things to check before buying a speaker. If you have got queries regarding speakers or headphones in general, feel free to get in touch with our in-house experts - Our Headphone Gurus. See you around in the blog space.

 

Happy Listening!

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