How to Determine the Right Size Speaker for the Room

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How to Determine the Right Size Speaker for the Room

Many often think bigger speakers always mean better sound. But nowadays, some small speakers actually pack the punch needed for a clear and enjoyable listening experience. When determining the right sound speaker for a space, important factors to consider include the room's size, the desired placement of the sound, and most importantly, each product's technical specifications.

Considering Room Size

Large spaces require more audio power for a great listening experience. Achieving surround sound in these rooms often means purchasing several types of speakers, varying in size, and scattering them throughout the space. For this reason, some find surround sound system bundles easier, although packages limit the ability of the consumer to tailor the setup to his or her room. When building a collection from scratch, look for two tall tower speakers for each side of the television or stereo. Then purchase four to five channel speakers for near seating that's further away from the source of the sound.


Considering Speaker Placement

When determining which speakers to buy, consider where the speakers will sit when installed. Count the available flat surfaces, floor space, and potential spots for wall-mounts before shopping. Also, think about where cords will lie or plan for installing a wireless option. Speaker stands might help make optimal placement of sound speakers in areas with little change in surface height or with no available tables or bookshelves. They also help integrate the listening devices into the room, by making them an intentional part of its design. Make sure to also purchase the hardware needed to secure the speakers to the wall. Panasonic speakers, for example, require special brackets for mounting.


Technical Specs of Speakers

Ultimately, a sound speaker's ability to produce a great listening experience depends on its technical power. Larger speakers will produce a deeper bass, for example, but the size of their casing also affects the sound they produce. For example, a 9-inch speaker box almost always results in a better bass sound than a 3-inch encasement. Packaging for these products usually features a power specification measured in hertz. Looking for a speaker with 50 Hz of power will likely meet the needs of most music listening, but surround sound setups often need a subwoofer for the best quality. The impedance spec usually only indicates the average power needed for the speaker to function. This number might actually fluctuate by 5 or ohms. Finally, information regarding a speaker's power handling capability suggests how much wattage a connected system produces before requiring a new speaker. Take this number with a grain of salt, and do any input calculations independently of it.

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