Written by Laurence

Help with choosing a HiFi speaker

Choosing speakers is easier than it seems. There are a number of questions you can ask yourself to make the right choice. We'll answer these questions below, but first we'll give you two tips to help you buy the best HiFi speakers for you.

Stereo or surround speakers

Stereo speakers for music

Stereo speakers for music

Most music is recorded in stereo. That's why music sounds lifelike via two speakers. To get the best stereo representation, place the speakers at the front of the listening area, a few meters apart. The most used speakers are bookshelf speakers or column speakers. Do you often listen to music with a prominent bass? Consider a subwoofer for bass reproduction.

Surround speakers for movies

Surround speakers for movies

Movie sounds sounds extra impressive if you have a surround set. If the speakers are set up properly, it's like you're in the middle of the action and you can experience movies as if you were in the cinema. A surround speaker set usually consists of 2 front speakers, 1 center speaker, 2 surround speakers, and 1 subwoofer.

Different speaker types

Floor standing column speakers

Floor standing column speakers

Column speakers are good HiFI speakers. Because of the large sound box, these speakers have a fuller sound and reproduce bass better than bookshelf speakers. Due to the size and the powerful sound, column speakers are less suitable for small spaces. Floor standing speakers are usually used as front speakers in the front of the listening area.

Bookshelf speakers

Bookshelf speakers

Bookshelf speakers are smaller than column speakers. They take up less space, but don't reflect low tones. Because of their size, bookshelf speakers are suitable for small spaces. These speakers come into their own as front speakers or rear speakers - on a stand or on the wall.

Satellite speakers

Satellite speakers

Satellite speakers are even smaller than bookshelf speakers. They're easy to hide or to hang. Combine the satellites with a subwoofer and create a compact surround set. Satellite speakers are suitable as side or rear speakers.

Different speaker types

Center speaker

Center speaker

The center speaker is made to reproduce speech in movies and series clearly and accurately. In front of or under your TV, the speaker is the center of your surround set. The speaker is larger than most bookshelf speakers and doesn't always fit in or on a small TV cabinet.

Subwoofer

Subwoofer

A subwoofer is a speaker that only plays low tones. In some movies and music styles, powerful basses are indispensable. The subwoofer displays the low frequencies that other speakers don't reproduce. Subwoofers have an integrated amplifier, allowing you to control the amount of bass yourself.

Better sound from your speakers

Better sound from your speakers

The correct cable, listening height, and damping of the vibrations contribute to a better sound and sound quality. The manual of the speakers usually describes where you can best place the speakers. Place bookshelf speakers or satellite speakers with speaker stands at listening height or hang them on the wall with wall mounts. Speakers dampers disconnect a speaker from the surface and absorb vibrations, so the floor doesn't vibrate.

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