How do You Define Quality Home Audio?
Vancouver-based Audio Video firm offers professional insight on the exceptional listening experience
What makes home audio exceptional? Is it a properly built system with a leading pair of speakers and expensive electronic components? Or is it more than that?
Listening to music becomes an emotional and passionate experience when the system and its components work in unison to transport you to another world. This is our definition of exceptional audio. With that in mind, what are some of the qualities necessary to create genuine home audio mastery? And what are the relevant issues that audiophiles face today?
Digital files such as MP3’s are nothing more than an “audio pancake”. All sounds have been flattened to one tone. Digital media has created a pattern of increasing the volume in order to give the impression that the music sounds better (provided you believe “louder” equates to “better”). In doing so, they’ve begun to limit the dynamic range: what we sense as the difference between soft and loud sounds in our music.
While music can sound passable when using a pair of ear buds with your iPod or MP3 player, when it comes to sound clarity for your home audio system, these digital devices lack the dynamic range necessary to hear the highs and lows of every instrument.
Digital Cause & Solution
What can you do to improve the clarity of your favorite track on your own system? Music should be recorded without any compression and played back through a quality home audio system that is fitted with a professional pair of speakers and an amplifier.
Top-notch speakers can effortlessly reproduce a wide range of sounds (i.e.: orchestral music, ambient background, recording effects, etc.) and make it seem like the concert is in your living room. If there are a variety of instruments, sounds, and dynamic range, smaller speakers can have a difficult time reproducing every nuance from a track. When possible, compare different speakers to listen to the variances before committing to any purchase.
Best Audio Companies for Your Dollar
Some consumers are merely looking for systems that offer convenience and/or invisibility for certain rooms (such as the kitchen or a study), which is fine. However, there are times when you want to simply sit comfortably, listen intently, and be transported by the excellent tunes emanating from the quality system into which you invested top dollar. Companies such as Leon, Jamo, Anthony Gallo, and Cambridge Audio all make fantastic products for those seeking the best in home audio achievement. They are manufacturers we recommend often for audiophiles seeking a high-quality listening experience. For more information, feel free to contact us. We have a friendly staff that is here to help.