Home Audio Stereos Components

Few homes are complete without an effective audio system or home theater that brings the sounds of the world to their ears. Home stereos provide you with a host of easy-to-use features and functions. Designed for your enjoyment and convenience, home audio systems help you leverage the power of your personal digital devices and media collections.

Should you look for tower or bookshelf style speakers?

That depends on your needs, as each speaker style presents its own benefits. Tower-style sound monitors tend to be larger, and they project deeper bass tones than smaller speakers of similar design. For their size, bookshelf speakers can give you powerful lower tones as well, and you can take advantage of their relatively small size and weight with clever placement schemes. In addition, many creators of surround-sound speakers design their products with portability and convenience in mind.

Will you need thicker cables for larger systems?

Your speaker impedance ratings have much to do with the size of the wires that you need. The best place for you to start is with a scan of your user's manual, which contains detailed information about compatible sound monitors and wire sizes. Oxygen-free copper wire wears well, and you should be ready to experiment with slightly larger wire sizes than you require if you're interested in maximizing sound quality.

How do you choose a compatible sub-woofer?

There is much to consider when you make your choice of sub-woofer, and this list includes the size of the prospective broadcast area and the power output of your stereo and video systems. To cover your bases, you should choose sub-woofers with that can hit frequencies as low as 30Hz and as high as 100Hz. Your other sound monitors, such as treble speakers and tweeters, can handle the higher frequencies.

In order to protect your woofers and extend their lifespans you can use a device known as a crossover to limit the frequency range of your woofers. Crossovers automatically route various electronic frequencies to the proper audio monitors and thus produce cleaner, higher-fidelity sounds than systems that lack crossovers.

What about amplifiers?

Your home stereo should reproduce a wide frequency range with adequate fidelity and power, and the assistance of the appropriate amplifying equipment can help to make this happen. To choose the right amplifier, take note of the power requirements of the components of your home audio system. The user's manual should spell out the exact specifications for compatible amplifying equipment.

What is HDMI?

The high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) is a physical/digital interface that transmits high-definition audio and video signals. HDMI components see wide use in home entertainment system components. Having HDMI-compliant devices can give you more options for connecting the components of your home audio system.