Adapting the system to needs and room
As we have already said, the first step is deciding what kind of system you want to purchase. There are a number of related rules of thumb.
When the use of the system will mostly be watching movies or other use that has a profit in surround sound like some games, the wise choice will be to target the 5.1 system with a number of restrictions which we will mention below.
For those who are looking for a system that will be used mainly for listening to music is not a bass fan, and wants to get a full and balanced sound, the smart choice is in the 2.0 system. The rest of the users (most users have to note), who are looking for a system that will be suitable for any use and not intended primarily for one purpose, the intelligent choice will be in the 2.1 system. We will now expand a little on this subject and mention several caveats.
5.1 has its own requirements
The 5.1 system is of course the natural choice for Sound
Peripheral because it is the only system of all the options we have specified which will provide surround sound. There are other options such as 4.1, 6.1, and 7.1, but they are much less common.
It is important to understand that in order to receive a successful surround sound, it requires more than an 5.1 system. 5 speakers
In a row they do not create a surround sound - at best they create a stereo, and at worst they create a big mess in the sound. So for those who do not have the place to place the speakers properly (which requires moving cables to them, and a place to hang or put them), this choice should be carefully considered.
In addition, it is important to understand that once you invest a certain amount in the 5.1 system, the price is divided between 5 speakers
, Subwoofer, and 6 amplifier channels (and sometimes a control unit with decoders) DD
and so'). However, in the 2.1 system, the price is divided between 2 speakers
, A bass unit, and a channel 2 amplifier only (as we mentioned earlier, this is about two content channels and not three). Therefore, naturally, 5.1 system with speakers
And an amplifier at the same level as the 2.1 system will cost more. Or on the other side of the coin, an 5.1 system that comes up like an 2.1 system will probably contain cheaper components due to the increased amount of components.
|Now you just have to find a place for everything
2.0 and 2.1 - the kingdom of the market
2.0 systems are not yet a particularly common sight in the market.PC, As they turn to a market segment that usually sees the audio market as a "PC No more than "playing Eshel boxes". In recent years, however, we have encountered models that challenge this approach and offer relatively high-quality systems at a price level that is almost non-existent in the stereo market. However, due to price and size limitations 2.0 systems from the marketPC They usually can not reproduce very low frequencies, which prevents heavy bass lovers from switching to 2.1 systems.
2.1 systems dominate the market and rightly so. They do suffer from innate disadvantages by combining the two speakers
Stalators with an external bass unit. But thanks to the low production costs, almost anyone can find 2.1 systems at its budget level, and with a high enough budget, one can even find 2.1 systems that successfully integrate the bass unit with the stereo speakers.
In addition, the fact that the system contains a subwoofer - which in cheaper systems is not able to reproduce frequencies that an average off-the-shelf speaker can, appeals to most market users who are not really aware of the deception of actually using that name. For those who do not want to mess with 5.1 systems, and do not have the sharpest ear in stereo, 2.1 systems offer a wide selection of models, in a variety of prices and performance levels.
After making the decision about the system configuration that best suits our needs, the stage has come to start and reduce the possibilities. The first stage is, of course, a market survey to find the systems that fit the budget and the eye. But the next step is certainly to look at their specifications.
Although we have already gone through the specifications of amplifier and speakers and knew the concepts, it is not necessarily possible to switch from specification to the range of parameters to the sound quality parameter, or even power. Not necessarily the stronger system on paper will be the stronger system actually. There are a variety of factors such as the conditions under which the tests are carried out, the combination of a given amplifier and a given speaker, and not least, not everyone tells the truth.
Of course, you can go over the specifications of the system because you can learn things like physical size, and even turn on a red light if one of the parameters is very bad (or good). But audio systems do not buy according to specifications ever, the audio system buy by pocket and ear.
Reduce your options
The first step is to make sure you have room to place the speakers. Whether it's an 5.1 system that requires proper positioning, whether it's an 2.1 system that requires space on the floor for the bass unit, or an 2.0 system whose speakers are extremely large and require free space on the table. If we expand a bit regarding the last point, it is important to understand that all speaker
Which has more than one element (eg, bass and Twitter), requires a distance from the speaker to make the sound sound like it comes from just one point.
This is also true for receiving a good stereo that requires a certain distance from the speakers and from each other. For this reason it is important to make sure you do not buy speaker
It is extremely large and placed on both sides of the screen, not only does it not make any profit, but it also has disadvantages and damage to the sound. The same is true on the other hand, there is no point buying speakers
Very weak people who have difficulty recreating bass in a reliable manner and expecting them to sound at their best when each of them is located 1.5 meters from the listener. Most speakers in thePC
Are designed to be located at a reasonable distance from the user, for example on the desktop (except for the bass unit which is strongly recommended not to be placed on the table).
|Not a little too big for the table?
Trust your ears
The next step is to look for reviews of hardware sites or stereo sites, and reviews of users in the various forums. It is important to understand that everyone has his own ear and his own taste, so it is advisable not to rely on just one review, do not try and find multiple reviews and check if there is any consensus or make an "average" between the different reviews.
Another option is to rely on reviews from reviewers of similar tastes. If, for example, I found a reviewer who examined systems that are familiar to you and came to conclusions that exactly match your conclusions, the sound that he thinks is appropriate will be similar to your taste and can be trusted more than any other reviewer.
The most important advice is to try to hear the system yourself. This is a rule that has existed for many years in stereo, and you will not encounter any real stereo fan who will buy a system without listening at least before buying. In the audio-to-PC Unfortunately, this is not always possible. There are few stores that demonstrate such systems, but if possible listening to the system before buying is the best way to choose. Sometimes you can find users in the various forums with the system you are considering buying and they will be happy to let you examine it (and sometimes they will ignore you elegantly).
In this guide we learned the different differences between the various systems, turned the technical data on paper into reality and learned how to understand exactly what they were trying to tell us.
We hope that after reading this guide readers are armed with the knowledge needed to make intelligent choice of systems speakers
Which will fit their requirements, and that they have the tools to know the difference between the essential and the tasteless.
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