Home Audio Stereo Component Combos
A home stereo system can allow you to enjoy your favourite music in the comfort of your own home. However, choosing the equipment to build your system can be a challenging and time-consuming task. To get what you need, you can select from a variety of home audio stereo component combos.How do you select the right home audio stereo?
The factors that will make a stereo suitable for your specific space are many and varied. To help guide your decision, here are a few of the variables you should consider.
- Room size: The size of your room will determine the power rating of the amplifier in the system you choose as well as the size and number of speakers in the combo you select.
- Features: It's important to decide how much control you want to have of your stereo combo. Systems that are appropriate for someone who simply wants to plug-and-play might not be appropriate for someone who wants to adjust their sound settings to the nth degree.
- Components: Depending on the type of media you have, you will need to select a system that contains equipment capable of playing these various types of media. If your media collection includes audio tapes, vinyl albums, and CDs, you'll want a system capable of playing all three.
Understanding the types of audio equipment you can find in a stereo combo will help you decide between different combos that are available.
- Speakers: These produce sound waves by converting electrical energy into vibrations that push through the air to vibrate your eardrums. The part of the speaker that vibrates is called the diaphragm. Larger diaphragms are designed to produce lower frequencies while smaller diaphragms are designed to produce higher frequencies. The audio spectrum includes frequencies in the low (subwoofer), middle (mid-range), and high (tweeter) range.
- Amplifier: This takes the electrical energy from the audio reproduction equipment and makes it stronger to allow the speakers to vibrate at the proper rate to produce the sound waves.
- Equalizer: This device allows you to fine-tune the tone of your audio by using levers, buttons, or dials to selectively adjust the volumes of various frequencies. For example, if you want audio with more bass, you can use the equalizer to increase the volume of the frequencies in the low range.
- Sound reproduction: As mentioned in the previous section, this includes equipment, such as CD, record, and tape players. The combo you select should have equipment that can play the media you have and any media you plan to have in the future.
Regular maintenance of your home stereo should be a normal part of its regular operation. Use a soft, dry cloth to remove dust and other contaminants from the equipment in the system. On a regular basis, test all components of your stereo to confirm proper operation. Also, check the backs of the equipment to ensure all cables are securely inserted and are not crimped or twisted.