The day is winding down, and all you want to do is to sink into your sofa and listen to your favorite tunes. However, the smooth sounds you expect to fill the room just do not seem to be coming out of your system the way they have in the past. Here are eight ways to improve your home audio system to get you back on track.
- Invest in Headphones
Obtain high-quality headphones that fit your needs. Consider an on-ear option that allows you to hear the music without completely blocking out all other noise, or invest in over-the-ear headphones, which allow you to have a full listening experience without the distraction of exterior sounds. The latter is often the more comfortable of the two and offers a snug fit.
- Create a Music Zone
Create a space in your home that is dedicated specifically to listening to music. Set up a seating area that faces your stereo system to receive the full effect of the speakers. If you are limited on space, a compact component may be the way to go, but if you have the room, go big and traditional for the ultimate sound.
Your current speakers may have been the ones with you when you first fell in love with your favorite album, but take a step back and reevaluate whether they are still producing the same quality of sound that they did at the beginning of your love affair. With time, a speaker’s quality can degrade, creating subtle changes in sound production. Invest in speakers that fit not only your personal style, but the room in which they will be placed. Since not all speakers can produce the necessary low frequency sounds, consider investing in a powered subwoofer.
- Improve Acoustics
Once you have obtained your ideal speakers, it is imperative that you set up your room design in such a way that the speakers can perform in the best manner possible. A few simple tweaks such as moving furniture away from the wall, installing curtains over large windows, or adding a rug to a hardwood floor can make a dramatic improvement in a room’s acoustic quality.
- Check Converter
The degradation of your sound quality may be something as simple as having an inadequate converter transferring your digital media to analog. Research digital to analog converters, or DACs, that may be a better fit for your sound system.
- Educate Yourself
With all the online reviews and self-proclaimed gurus on the subject, it is best to educate yourself on how to create the ultimate sound as well as troubleshoot issues. Read up on product options as well as professional reviews. Find out what experts in the field suggest and take your neighbor’s brother-in-law’s advice with a grain of salt.
- Opt for Quality Recordings
Frankly, bad music seldom produces anything but a bad sound. It does not matter how much effort you place into boosting your audio system if your picks are not up to par. Be choosy in the recordings you seek and invest in quality artists and albums.
Sometimes, no matter how much you troubleshoot, the fact remains that your system is obsolete. Take an objective look at your audio system to decide whether it is still working for you. If not, it may be time for a complete overhaul. Reevaluate your needs and upgrade accordingly.
Music is meant to offer an escape, and when the sound does not match the quality of the recording being played, it is time to switch things up. Make these changes to get your home audio system back to the level you deserve.