What To Know Before Buying an Audio System


The market is amassed with plenty of sound bars and all in one audio players, most have compromised audio performance, your ears hurt after prolonged listening. Investing in a proper audio system creates a more enjoyable experience be it at home or any space.

1) Your usage priorities: Music or Movies ?

Determine the main use of your system. The more focused you are with its usage, the better it will perform. 

  • Music

If your main use is for music enjoyment, soundstage and tonal clarity would be of priority. Here, the investment on the front stereo speakers would be what you would like to consider since audio is the singular focus. The setup you would be looking for is a Stereo (2 Channel) System Setup.

  • Movies

Visual and sound have to complement. For an immersive cinematic effect , the speakers have tproduce a wide dyo namic sonic range with more volume output to create an ideal experience.  For such usage, your focus would be a Surround Home Theatre System setup. There are plenty of configurations for this setup which can be considered to suit your needs.

If both are a priority, we recommend an AV receiver with an AV Bypass Function - gives you an option to integrate a stereo amplifier seamlessly.

2) Room Acoustics and Size

The size of your room and acoustics play an important factor in determining the following:

  • type of speakers

  • size of speakers

  • number of speakers

  • placement of speakers

Moving into a new space?
Inform the audio consultant beforehand on the placement of your TV so as to run wires behind your feature wall if necessary. Pre-planning is important especially in the factoring of LAN points / power points for a proper mess free cable management.

Overall it would be good prepare a photo of your current living room to get a proper evaluation and advise on a suitable setup. Audio calibration can be done to get the best sound quality based on your current room size and acoustics.

3) Budget vs Performance

Getting the best performance out of your investment depends on the configuration and setup of your system. Right speaker and electronic pairing is also crucial in bringing out the best of your system.

The amount you are willing to spend will determine the performance you get from your system. Everyone has different audio reference points, therefore it is important to test system before purchasing. Our ears have the ability to learn and appreciate quality music over time. Finding a system that is upgradeable is ideal as it gives you flexibility in improving your audio experience over the long run.

Generally for better performance: Have a dedicated system setup for each usage (Home Theatre / Stereo) and invest in good speakers as they stay with you longer.

4) Ensure your system is properly setup

It is important that your system is properly setup and tuned for the best performance. Every home and space is different. Set it up properly and your system can sound more than awesome. 

Set up for home theatre systems and stereo systems are vastly dissimilar and tuned differently. Engaging in a professional is important that your system sounds as it should and better.

Absolute Sound has been in the business of putting music in homes for over 20 years. We would be delighted to walk you through this journey, feel free to make a non obligatory appointment with us by clicking here .