Whether the system is in one or more rooms, speakers are a staple of any audio setup. However, speakers fall into one of two categories: active and passive. Passive speakers have been established as the general standard for speakers and require a separate amplifier to drive them. Active speakers allow the manufacturer to regulate consistency from speaker to speaker so that two people will have the same audio experience with the same speaker. Hi-fi speakers are key in quality audio reproduction.
Thanks to the web, there are countless ways to get music. Media streamers and even smartphones can be an important part of an audio setup. However, classic components such as turntables, CD players, and media servers may also be incorporated into one or more rooms.
And while all of those sources provide the entertainment, a surround-sound receiver, amplifier, and processor are needed behind the scenes to put audio where it needs to go and make it sound good. How you plan to use the system, the size, and your budget will dictate the type and number of components you’ll need.
Again, the web is an important part of today’s hi-fi audio setup. There are so many streaming music services out there, as well as options to stream content through AirPlay and Amazon Alexa. A strong, reliable network setup is a must for many audio systems. Most spaces are equipped with a router and Wi-Fi. For an even stronger setup, EDG can create a hardwired system or install add-ons, such as wireless access points and repeaters. Also consider adding Bluetooth-enabled components and sources. It’s a popular alternative, but know that this type of signal only travels about 30 feet.
Digital audio files have become status quo over the years. Now the quality of those files has changed, thanks to high-resolution audio. High-res audio is basically anything better than CD quality, which is recorded at 16-bit/44.1kHz. High-res files can go as high as 24-bit/192KHz, so you’ll need a stereo receiver and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that decode those types of files.