Talking About The Choice Of The Three Major Parts Of The Sound System ---the Choice Of Speakers

- Jun 11, 2020-

1. Why should we discuss speakers first?

This is because the choice of speakers is the most critical in a sound system, and it is also a decisive factor in sound quality. Basically, it can also be said that after the speaker is selected, the purchase of the audio is half completed. I bought a pair of suitable and good ones, which can do more with less; if you buy a pair of beautiful, big and cheap brand-name boxes, congratulations! You can also save trouble later, just take the AV amplifier, it is simple and convenient, and the cost is low (just the sound quality is not good, huh).


2. The proportion of speakers in the budget is reasonable

Although the speaker is the most important and decisive role in the system, in fact this does not mean that the speaker will account for the largest proportion of the budget in the system, although many people will suggest you this way. In fact, the budget ratio of the three major audio components cannot be fixed. What 1:1:1, what 3:2:1, all are nonsense based on desire, hey! Unless you can set the total budget and confirm which one or which speaker you like, all ratios are possible.


3. Choose active or passive

Although active speakers are indeed more worry-free in the choice, especially in the range of one or two thousand. However, there are not many good things about the best of both worlds. When your budget is high to a certain level, you will find that although the source is more worry-free, it does not save money at all, but it takes a lot of money to achieve the same price and passive effect! The reason is described in more detail in the author's "Ten Needs and Ten Donations for Audio Purchases". The key is that Active has always been compromised (especially for mid- to high-end). And this kind of proper association will increase with the increase of the selling price, and with the increase of the system price, the passive system will have more and more advantages.

As the price increases, your requirements will increase, and the system will become more complex. At this time, Active will even lose its advantages in convenience, and its disadvantages will become more prominent.

For example, most high-end actives do not have pre-level functions, and only the power amplifier is inside the speaker. This means that you need a pre-stage, plus a sound source or something, and at the same time the general speaker distance is also widened, and a long signal line is also a problem. The following picture is a set of passive systems introduced by Xiaobian. They are three pieces in total, two power cables, a pair of RCA signal cables and a pair of speaker cables. The effect is quite good on the desktop. If the computer is used as the sound source, two sets are enough, and the wiring is very simple. Cost-effective, but only in the early 4k.


4.the first problem of choosing sound: the size of your environment

It’s common for many people to ask, “Recommend me a set of the most valuable speakers within 3,000?”

There is really no way to answer this question, of course not because of your brother's tone, hehe. But for the purchase of audio, budget is not the most important. In fact, there is no such thing as having the most valuable audio at many price points. The first thing you need to determine when choosing a sound: environment and purpose!

The biggest difference between speakers and headphones is that it will interact with the environment. The size of the room and the internal processing directly determine the best low frequency and maximum volume you can hear. The sounds selected for the desktop, small room (within 15 square meters), medium and large rooms (more than 15 square meters and the living room for most people) and a special large listening room (after 20 square meters with special acoustic treatment) are quite large difference.


5. you need a pair of speakers with many speakers

If it is for desktop use, the speaker can be up to 5 inches, including the small room. Of course, if there is some acoustic treatment, a small room of 6.5 inches is more than enough. In medium and large rooms, 6.5-inch boxes are generally sufficient to deal with. Only specially acoustically treated rooms with good sound insulation (that is, what we call listening room sounds) require a larger speaker unit to allow you to enjoy lower dives, more relaxed low frequencies, and better dynamics And levels.

It should be noted that the unit size is only one aspect, what unit is more important. Units of the same size, high-quality one or two thousand one, general one or two hundred, inferior quality twenty or thirty, the sound difference is very huge. Excellent 5-inch unit, the low frequency is enough to meet the needs of general music appreciation. Even for large rooms, high-quality 6.5-inch low-frequency low frequency is completely sufficient, and its low-frequency is much fiercer than many 8-inch AV boxes.