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If you are starting out and would like to put together a nice system for
your home and space, we got you covered. We've compiled some frequently asked questions
to make your purchase an informed and seamless one.

 
 

+ What size should my system be?

The size of your system is dependent on your audio requirements and should be relative to the space available.

For example, large spaces such as the living room, a stereo system setup with floor standing speakers will provide the best sound and may even be an eye-catching centerpiece. Bookshelves and wall-mounted satellite speakers, that free up floor area, may be used for light listening in commercial spaces such as bars and cafes. On the other hand, a compact All-in-one systems are versatile enough to fit into various spaces due to its small foot print.

+ What is the difference between an All-in-one system and stereo system setup?

All-in-one systems are compact and take up a smaller space. This is because it packs the speakers and all the supporting electronics into one physical unit. Recent advancement in technology, has allowed All-in-one systems to provide high quality sound. One of our hot favourite is the Naim Mu-so.

Stereo system setups take up a larger space, but provides the best audio experience. It typically consists of a pair of speakers, supporting electronics such as an amplifier and an audio source. As the individual units synergize with one another, highest sound quality is produced. Stereo systems setups are more customizable, giving you the flexibility of matching your speakers, audio source and amplification to create your preferred audio flavour.

+ What are the considerations I should take note of before buying?

First is to determine if you will be using the system more for music listening, movies or both. Secondly, your space and room acoustics will also affect the type of system that will be suitable for you. For the full advice, check out our article here.

+ Will the system demonstration in the showroom sound the same in my home?

Every space is acoustically unique. Different layouts, materials, furniture can affect room acoustics and will contribute to the overall listening experience. With proper assessment, set up and tuning from our audio specialist, we'd say most of the time it sounds better in our client's home! Therefore, it is advised to show our audio specialists a picture of your space so they can provide the best solution.

Absolute Sound also offers home system demo for a small fee, which will be waived should you decide to purchase the system. Find out more here.

+ What is room acoustics?

Room acoustics is how sound waves interacts with various materials in the room before it reaches your ears. The behavior of sound waves can be affected by the following: reflection, absorption and diffusion through objects such as curtains, carpets, hollow walls and even large furniture.

+ How does my room acoustics affect the way my speakers sound?

If your room is large and empty, sound reflection will be more pronounce. Therefore causing undesirable reverbs and reflection of high requencies. This means that overall sound can come off rather harsh to your ears. Balance is key, in the above example, balancing your room with absorbant materials such as a carpet or a cushion sofa can buffer the undesirable reverbs, and bring about greater clarity and therefore a holistic musical experience.

+ What are the other ways that can improve my room acoustics?

Though many who are serious about their music will turn to acoustic treaments such as acoustic panels, cardboard egg trays etc, it takes alot of trial and error to get it right. We understand that extensive adjustments to your room might not be feasible, therefore, at Absolute Sound we always recommend a suitable set up. A well-balanced sound system is of importance and can only be achieved through correct matching of speakers, supporting electronics and proper on-site set up with professional tuning.

Absolute Sound offers professional on-site set up and tuning.

 

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GLOSSARY

Stereo System / HiFi System :
HiFi Stereo System comprises of Source Component, Amplifier, Left and Right Speakers. It is designed to articulate music with clarity and precision as it was originally recorded in the studio.

Home Theatre System:
A multichannel sound system that is configured to deliver a realistic multi-dimensional sound effect that comes in at you from the front, back and the rear. Suited for movies and home entertainment.

Dolby Atmos Enabled : Additional speakers installed overhead in a home theatre system setup where sounds are played directly above you for a three dimensional experience. 

Source: A source is the device where your media/ digital files is played. Eg: DVD Player /CD Player / Turntable etc.

Power Amplifier: An electronic device that sends power to your speakers to project the music forward.

Pre-amplifier: An pre-amplifier often paired with a power amp determines which source and loudness the signal goes through the power amp to ensure a clean signal from the source. 

Integrated Amplifier: An amplifier consisting of a Pre-amplifier and a power amplifier in one component box. 

Phono-stage Pre-amp: Acts as a bridge for content between your turntable to your amplifier. Most turntables would come with an inbuilt phono-stage. 

Digital Analog Converter (DAC) : Converts digital signal ( 0s and 1s) to analog signal (wave) making it intelligible to the ear.

Active Speakers: Speakers in-built with matched amplifiers built in the same enclosure.

Passive Speakers: Speakers that require an external amplifier to be powered for music to be audible.  

Digital Processing Speakers (DSP): Active speakers equipped with an in-built DAC, amplifier and other digital filters (eg: timing correction, upsampling) to give a pure high quality sound. 

Closed Back Headphones: Isolates sound from exterior noise, creates an "in-head" experience. Sound appears to be more cloistered and small. Best when commuting in public areas. 

Open Back Headphones: Not entirely enclosed, sound can leak out when played and exterior noise can be heard. Sound stage is more open, dynamic and natural.