You might have invested a lot in setting up the most kickass sound system that money can buy, the sort of system that would tear the wings off an unlucky fly that happened to fly in front of the speakers. But, despite your investment, something doesn’t seem quite right and your audio quality feels more like 3pm in a pub on a Tuesday, rather than show time at the Sydney Opera House. Let’s see if we can do something about that by trying out a few of these tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your sound system.
Location, location, location
Where you’ve set up your sound system and where you’re trying to listen to it can both play massive roles in the perceived quality of the system. If your speakers aren’t angled properly, or you’re trying to listen in too big or small a space, your experience will suffer for it. The best course of action here is to follow the placement guidelines that are provided with your equipment, or that you can find online. These will help you to find the best placement for your equipment. After that, it’s all about testing. Fiddle with settings, move furniture, take some time and you’ll find that you can greatly improve your listening experience with just a few small adjustments.
If you haven’t bought your sound system yet, then I recommend doing some research as to the amount of space that particular sound system needs to be appreciated properly. A massive system will overpower a small space and likewise, a titchy little pop-up speaker won’t be of any use in a big living room. Do some research and read around a bit to find what suits your space best.
Check Your Equipment
After making such a massive investment in your sound system it can be tempting to skimp a little on the extras in order to save some cash, but there are a few bits that you really can’t be neglecting. For example, you might be thinking that “speaker cables are speaker cables”, but they can actually have very different effects on quality and longevity. It’s better to pick up some thicker and more robust cables that’ll cost a little bit more but do a better job and last longer while they’re at it.
If you’re playing your audio straight from your computer or laptop you might want to consider investing in a good quality digital to analogue converter. These little cards will convert the audio, so your computer doesn’t have to and can help to maintain higher audio quality.
Download or Use Physical Music
One of the simplest explanations for the audio quality on your sound system not being up to scratch is to do with the source rather than the equipment. Streaming music offers you access to a staggering library, but unfortunately, this usually means lesser audio quality so that the music can be streamed easily without taking up massive amounts of bandwidth. Downloading music and playing it from a drive is a good way to have your cake and eat it too, with access to a big library and higher quality audio. You can always stick to using physical music in the form of CDs and vinyl to get even better quality.