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Want high-end? Here’s 10 things to think about – Part 1

Choosing a high-quality sound system can be daunting. But with the right direction from a specialist, you could own a system that could be life-changing. It’ll be like listening to your favourite music for the first time again.

 

Choose a budget

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Coming up with a budget depends on just two things: priorities and what you want.

Let’s look at your priorities. Some would consider a $5,000 dollar stereo system a luxury, while others wouldn’t mind spending $10,000 on a trip. Knowing how much you could spend on music is often the first building block for putting together your sound system. This also depends on how important music is to you.

So how about what you want? Head over to your local dealership, and have them play systems of various quality. There, you’ll be able to generally decide on what you want for a start. When you’ve decided on what you want, versus your priorities, you have a budget.

 

Choose a system to suit your needs

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For every audiophile, there’s a perfect system out there for you. A system must match a person’s musical taste, but also a person’s room and listening needs. Large rooms require larger drivers to push more air, filling the room with great sound. Whereas the same large speakers could overload a room with too much bass energy, causing a difficult listening experience. Knowing your room, and the type of speakers that best suits your room is critical.

Amplifiers should then be chosen to match your speakers. Smaller rooms require less amplification power. However, check your loudspeakers, as low impedance means more amplification power.

 

Cherry pick the parts of your system

Sports cars are tuned for performance. In the same way, a system is made out of different parts starting from the source, to the speakers. This means your system is only as good as the weakest link in your chain. For instance, having bad cables, or a wrongly matched amplifier might cancel out an upgrade of an expensive component.

However, this also means that a modest, but well selected system, could achieve an incredible sound. For help with this, check it out with your Hi-Fi specialist.

 

Plan out incremental upgrades

Spare some thought for buying full sets. Manufacturers often build an entire system to be sold together as set. This often means quality sound is expected from the start, as the system has already been tuned to fit together.

You could also pick out a system that’s made up of components within your budget. The wonderful part about that is upgradeability. You could swap out parts of your system when you decide.

It’s a good idea to check in with your Hi-Fi specialist to work out a plan that best suits you.

This leads us to our next topic.

 

Plan your upgrades

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Many audiophiles have planned audio upgrades in the future. Think about the weakest link in your system and have your wish list ready. When it’s time, swap out that part for something brand new. The idea is to get the best improvement overall for your system by swapping it with something better. You’ll get better at this with more practise you get, and that’s part of the fun of being an audiophile. Your Hi-Fi specialist will be able to help identify the parts of your system that are ready for a swap.

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