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Five Tips On How To Make The Most of Your Home Speaker System

Quality listening or your money back.
05 August 2014, 10:00pm

Whether it be for making beats, throwing a party or just relaxing within the privacy of your very own four walls, a good home sound system is the key to a happy life. It's always fun having a DJ play a unique set at the club, but determining your own audio destiny is to live like a king. But maybe might not want to spend the cash on top-of-the- line speakers with crystal clear, even sound quality. So forget about that. We're here to help you get the best out of the kit you've already got. Pay attention to the details because the perfect house party speaker set-up is within your grasp. Listen up, young audiophiles.

Place your speakers carefully

These days, receivers come with automatic speaker calibration, so there's no need to get too caught up in the millimeters. Still, there is a right way to go about this. If you've got three speakers and a TV, place the center speaker either directly above or below your TV and line it up with the midpoint of the screen (this will also help with a surround sound TV listening experience). As for your two side-speakers, the goal is for them to form a slight arc pointing towards the main listening area. Use measuring tape to make sure the side-speakers are equidistant from the center speaker and ensure all of the speakers are equidistant from the listening area. For good measure keep all speakers about two to three feet away from rear walls.

As for the subwoofer, place in any corner of the room. Just try out a few different locations and see where it sounds best. If you'd like to get a bit more experimental there's a little technique called the subwoofer crawl: place the subwoofer in the spot where you usually sit or dance, and crawl around the room on your hands and knees listening for the best sound. Once you find it, just switch spots with the subwoofer and you're good to go.

Calibrate your speakers

Now that your speakers have been perfectly placed, it's time to make sure the technology is right. There's a test for that. Similar to an ink test with a printer, there is a list of WAV files to play through your speakers to make sure they sound the way they should. Eminent Technology has a handy little guide to make sure everything's right.

Adjust Your Subwoofer

Much of this list is about personal preference. You want these speakers to sound right for you. The ideal subwoofer should give a deep and dramatic bass, so play around with the level settings until you get it right. Too much bass makes low-frequency sounds intrusive and overpowering, while too little makes for a dirty, unclear bass. Take advantage of the auto setup features and tamper a bit until you find what's right for you.

Use "Pure" mode for better sound

The more circuitry your music has to travel through, the more likely you are to get noise and distortion. Let's avoid that. 'Pure', sometimes known as 'Direct mode' gives you the option of switching off unused or uneeded portions of a speakers circuitry to allow for the cleanest possible signal path.

Download quality music

Finally the most important factor in quality listening is quality music. YouTube and SoundCloud rips don't count. We're talking 320kbps, mp3s and AAC files. Don't slack off in this department. Trust us, it's not worth it.

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