How to Buy Replacement Speakers

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How to Buy Replacement Speakers

Whether you need to replace broken speakers or simply want to upgrade your existing speakers, choosing the right accessories for your home audio system guarantees outstanding sound reproduction and performance. The speakers you choose should match your amplifier or home audio system, be suitable for the room size and layout, and meet your acoustical needs. To find the right replacement speakers, consider the features and specifications of the models available, their size and design, and their purpose.


Speaker Features and Specifications

The higher the speakers' power ratings, the greater their volume potential. Although choosing a power rating higher than you need allows for headroom and prevents strain on the system when you listen to music at the highest level you prefer, selecting the highest possible power rating is not always desirable. Instead, match the speakers' power rating to the continuous power output or root mean square (RMS) rating of your amplifier. Choose Hi-Fi speakers with an equal or slightly higher rating than the amplifier to minimise the risk of damage. Additionally, match the speakers' impedance rating to that of the amplifier. Typical impedance ratings include 4, 6, and 8 Ohms. Low impedance places greater demand on the amplifier. Mismatching this rating makes the speakers produce less dynamic sound and degrades reproduction quality. Finally, consider the speakers' sensitivity rating, which is measured in decibels (dB). Sensitivity rating indicates the ability of the speakers to convert the power from amplifiers into sound. The higher the rating, the more efficient the speakers and the better the sound quality.


Speaker Size and Design

When choosing speakers, size matters. Large speakers move more air and produce louder sound than small speakers do. If you need audio for a large room, opt for large speakers such as floorstanding speakers. In a smaller room, the capabilities of large speakers go to waste and they take up more than their fair share of floor or shelf space. Select compact speakers for a small room, such as bookshelf or wall-mounted speakers. Choose a design and finish, such as classic wood veneer speakers, that complement your home decor. Look for accessories such as chrome speaker stands that add style to your speaker arrangement.


The Purpose of the Speakers

If you simply want to listen to stereo music, opt for a set of two stereo speakers. If you want to integrate your sound system with your home theatre system, consider replacing your stereo speakers with surround sound speakers. Check the number of channels on your AV receiver or amplifier to determine the number of speakers you can add to the system. A two-channel amplifier can accommodate only two stereo speakers. A five-channel model is suitable for 5.1-channel surround sound speakers, provided it has a low frequency effect (LFE) or subwoofer channel.

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