Hello world! In our first blog article we have decided to write a short summary for newbies outlining what audio components are essential for us – audiophiles.
Music is fun and enjoyable for listening, practicing, and dancing, but it also has a variety of other purposes. It can be used to keep us motivated, and energize us when we’re trying to get through the last two hours of work on Friday. Music can inspire us to create art. It’s also been known to be therapeutic for mental health patients, and can speed up healing.
There is a music genre for everyone: rock, classical, blues, country, ambient, folk, jazz, reggae, punk, hiphop, the list goes on. But you don’t want to listen to your favorite music on a cheap system that drowns out the words and provides static.
If you’re an audiophile who listens to a wide range of musical tastes it’s imperative that you have the best equipment for your home audio system. If you can’t afford it all at once, start with the basics and work your way up to the premium speakers and hi-end receivers.
When an audio experience is presented in a crystal clear sound, people become enthusiastic about purchasing high quality home audio systems.
Want to call yourself a true audiophile? Then you’ll need to ditch your cheap CD player and add these 5 essential audio components to your home audio system.
1.1 Amplifier. An integrated amplifier provides the power for your premium speakers, as well as a source for switching your components—turntable to CD drive—and a volume control. You’ll want to ensure that your amp has the power for the speakers.
An amplifier is an electronic component that will amplify electrical signals and works with a loudspeaker. It can amplify everything from signals from a CD player, a turntable, a tuner, a guitar, and other musical instruments. It’s made from metal and in a rectangular shape.
1.2 Receiver. A receiver is more of an all-in-one pre-amp, amp, and radio tuner. It depends on your personal preferences. If you want to go for the amplifier instead, you may need to purchase a separate tuner so you can listen to the radio.
The receiver’s purpose is to receive audio or video signals from a variety of sources. It processes the sounds (or images), and sends them to the loudspeakers (or tv). A receiver has a similar shape as an amplifier.
A receiver may also be a combination receiver and player-in-one, and play CDs, BluRay, and DVD discs. It may also have a slot where you can connect your computer or your flash drive. It may also connect to the internet so you can listen to Youtube.
2. Speakers. There’s no point in spending a ton of money on your other audio components if you don’t buy the best speakers too. Premium speakers are going to deliver the sound to your ears. You want it crystal clear, even with the softer nuances of the music, and certainly no static or interference.
There are monaural speakers, but to obtain quality sound, you need stereo speakers. These consist of at least two speakers for two channels, but with a subwoofer, could be three or more for a complete surround sound experience. In theory, no matter which speaker, they are all reproducing the same copy of the signal.
Wireless speakers are also a popular new component, as they enable you to move the speakers around a room, without the need for placement of long cables. Speakers are generally tall and rectangular, though there are some novelty shapes and colors for purchase.
3. Subwoofer. This is a type of speaker but it’s designed to reproduce the lower bass frequencies. This is important for certain genres of music, such as rock and classical.
This loudspeaker will reproduce the lower-pitched audio frequencies in the bass range. It generally provides around 20 to 200 Hz for consumer lines of speakers. In other words, you’ll hear the lower two octaves of the sound much clearer.
A subwoofer has a differing shape than regular speakers. Often subwoofers have a square shape, or a shorter shape. Sometimes they are rectangular, but are meant to be placed horizontally on the ground.
4. Turntable. You can still find cheap turntables, but if you have a high-quality audio system, you should spend money on a great turntable too. The newer premium turntables are a lot different than what we’ve had in the past. A turntable can deliver more of the nuances in music that any CD player ever can, which is why a turntable has survived to the present.
A turntable is usually encased within a rectangular housing, and features a circular turntable that spins around. The phonograph record, or LP, sits on the turntable, while a needle is applied to the start of the record. The turntable reads the music on the grooves of the record, and sends it to the amplifier, where the sound is then sent to the speakers. The turntable often has a protective plastic casing that protects it from dust when not in use.
When you’re considering a new audio system it’s essential to purchase quality hi-fi audio components such as amplifiers and receivers, audiophile speakers, subwoofers, and turntables. A hi-end audio system will help you to achieve more enjoyment out of your favorite pastime. Don’t settle for a cheap stereo audio system. Take the time to research and put together your home audio system, as it will provide you with several years of listening enjoyment.