When you decide to buy a home audio system it can be a toss-up as to whether you get someone else to set everything up, or whether you do it all yourself. Whichever way you choose, there are a number of crucial things to consider, as well as do, before buying anything and these are detailed below.
Research and try before you buy
So many people are willing to spend a ton of money on speakers without actually having heard what they sound like. Obviously, this is a huge error because once the speakers are home and installed with all the wires connected and everything else in place, the last thing you’ll want to do is take everything apart. So many people make this mistake and end up with speakers they’re not impressed with at all.
Therefore, do not be afraid to ask to try everything out before you spend any money. Try not to be swayed by clever salespeople who will always be looking for a quick sale or looking to sell you the most expensive set of speakers in the store. The most expensive or biggest speakers will not necessarily be the most suitable ones for your system and room so don’t believe bigger or costlier is better.
Take music you’re familiar with into the store and try out the speakers. This way you’ll be able to see how well all the speakers you are interested in perform and compare them fairly and properly, instead of just hearing the music the store has decided to play.
Take down all the measurements of the room you’re buying speakers for
Many people just won’t bother with this element but you’d be surprised at how much it can help you. A lot of people are swayed into buying huge speaker sets with the idea the sound will just be the best thing ever. However, upon getting the oversized speakers home, people are quick to realise the speakers will never be used at their full capacity; simply because they are much too big for the room they’re in.
People also make the mistake of thinking they can buy two big speakers for a large room and this will create the same effect as having multiple medium speakers all around the room. It won’t. It will merely make the sound emitted extremely unbalanced. You absolutely need to know the measurements of your room so you know how many speakers you need, what size and also what type, i.e. surround-sound, rear surround and/ or subwoofer.
Look for deals with extended warranties and guarantees
This may sound obvious, but once again many people get so distracted by what the salesperson is telling them about a new amazing speaker set, that they forget to ask about cool-off periods and warranty information. When you are buying elements of a home audio system, you need to remember you will never truly know what anything will sound like until you get it home and all set up.
You may well have done a ton of research and listened to your favourite music in store to get a good idea of what’s what but until you’re in your primary listening position, at home with everything set up, you just don’t know for sure you’ve chosen correctly. The acoustics at home will be different from in store due to the dimensions and materials of your room. Therefore, you need to make sure you can return the goods within a certain time period if you are unhappy, even if they have been used.
Ultimately, you want to make sure you are covered on all bases, so when you are out and about researching the best equipment, keep in mind you want the best written deal you can get for your purchases. If you find equipment you really like but can’t see an extended warranty deal or a good 30-day guarantee, make sure you ask for it. There is no harm in asking…after all, the worst they can do is just say no.
James writes for Main Cables R Us. When not writing, he can often be found buying new audio equipment–even though he has plenty.