Carrying your choice speaker home doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the best sound. You’d buy a speaker that’s sounding so great at the shop, but that ends up sounding terrible or too low for your liking when you get home. Making a good choice for a speaker, therefore, requires some effort and goes beyond the sound you hear at the electronics shop.
Steps to Buying the Best Speakers
The first step when you want to buy speakers is to do a quick online search for the ones that would meet your unique needs. Once you get recommendations, check out their specs as well as expert and user reviews. Settle on some two or three of them then proceed to identify an electronics shop from where you’d get the best deal.
At the shop, make sure you test the speakers to know whether they produce good quality sound. It’s, however, important to realize that this testing can’t be the final one.
Test the Speakers Where You’d Be Using Them
Your speakers may work just perfect at the shop yet fail flatfoot when you get with them at home or at the whatever place you’d like to use them. That basically means that the final and most important place to test your new speakers is the exact place where you’d like to use them. Are you planning to use them at home? Are you planning to use them within your compound or in an open field somewhere? Is it in some empty hall? The reason why this is important is that some speakers would be so great at the shop or at home, but not deliver to your expectations in an open space. Testing the speakers at the right place thus gives you the most fitting opportunity to weigh their pros and cons.
In addition to connecting and listening to the sound at the place of use, let’s look at some of the other ways that can help us get the best quality and know whether the speakers we’ve bought are good.
Be Keen When Unboxing The Speaker
Unboxing is a wonderful and fun experience. However, it should be done carefully. When doing this, check for quality parts, well-threaded inserts, and screws. This is to ensure a smooth installation of the accessories that come with the speaker. Also, be keen to make sure that every speaker in the package is a complete unit. This will help you know whether all components were packed.
Perform The ‘’Knuckle Test’’
You do this by wrapping your knuckles on the cabinet as you listen carefully. If you hear a dead thud and the cabinet biting back a bit then this is a good sign. It implies that the cabinet is free from unwanted resonance, proving it’s made of good quality material.
Follow a Setup Specification
Depending on the types of speakers you have, certain specifications and procedures should be applied when setting them up. Remember how you arrange your speakers will determine the soundstage. If your room is rectangular, the speakers should ideally face the length of the wall. Always maintain the speakers at an angle of 60 degrees from each other, leaving a space from the wall to the speakers. Be sure you get the best feedback if you consider this arrangement.
Don’t Use Tone Control Or Equalization
To establish the actual sound that the speaker produces, leave it in its original state. Using tone control or equalization will not achieve this. Therefore, test the speaker as it is for correct results. After determining that the speakers are of good quality and can give the desired results, you can then play around with your mixer to get your desired effects.
Listen To The Sound Produced Carefully
We all do this. Your ears will never make a mistake in giving feedback on the quality of sound. Careful listening can reveal any bumps or dips in the frequency response of the speaker. It will help you know if the speaker was poorly designed. Even though you may not be good enough to know what the exact problem is, your ears won’t tell you that a bad sound is good.
Play Some Of Your Favorite Songs
Listening to a variety of songs will help you know if the sound is perfect. If the vocals in the music sound as if they are being shouted then there is a problem. Likewise, if it’s producing more bass than a typical speaker its size, be worried. However, if everything is fine, consider your choice perfect.
Use Both Professional and Amateur Sounds
Using different songs is very good. You may blame your speakers for a problem with the audio. Therefore, use professionally produced music from different genres, as well as some amateur music or audio to know whether the speakers project the difference in the quality of the audio.
With the above vital steps, you’d be able to tell whether you made the right choice. All these tell you that you can’t just walk into an electronics shop and pick just any speakers and hope it’ll work perfectly for you.
Best of luck as you evaluate your speaker.