A Guide to Hi-Fi Loudspeakers

Building the ideal HiFi device does not necessitate purchasing the most costly components available, nor does it necessitate selecting big-name brands and calling it a day. When it comes to listening to music, it’s all about thinking about what you want, what you need, and what matters most to you. That goes for any HiFi component you purchase, but the speakers you choose are by far the most important aspect of any HiFi system. They’ll turn the electrical impulses from your amplifier into a beautiful, room-filling sound that will delight you time and time again.

However, there are a variety of factors to consider when looking for your ideal HiFi Speakers, from floor standing to bookshelf speakers, and from sensitivity to speaker placement. It’s all about science, just like everything else in HiFi.

But, when it comes to finding those elusive, beautiful speakers, what do you really need to know? We’ll discuss each and everything you must have to know for buying a Hi-fi loudspeaker in this guide. So come along with us as we assist you in making your next speaker purchase.

How To Choose The Right Hifi Loudspeaker?

Measure your room

The next critical step is to determine the size of your listening space. The amount of space you have may require or limit you to a specific type of speaker, and it should help you narrow down your options in terms of placement. Most speakers need a certain amount of free space to perform at their best, so if you can only fit them in close to the wall, keep that in mind as you shop.

Floorstanders or stand mounters?

Next, consider what kind of speaker will best suit your needs. Floorstanders or stand mounters, also known as bookshelf speakers – names that are usually descriptive of their size – or a subwoofer/satellite combination, which pushes the lower frequencies through a sub in conjunction with a more readily accommodated pair of main speakers, are the options.

Bigger speakers, on average, can produce higher volumes, better dynamics, and more bass, but this isn’t true for every product – it’s all relative. Furthermore, consider the volume at which you will be playing your music.

Biwired or single-wired?

Biwirable speakers have two sets of terminals, but they aren’t required to be used together. Take note of the links that connect each pair. Many speakers have four terminals where you can connect your speaker cables, allowing you to bi-wire them.

All frequencies are propelled toward your speakers with a single set of wires. Your amp will drive upper and middle/low-frequency signals independently if you bi-wire with two sets of wires, resulting in a purer, more precise sound. It’s possible that your amplifier won’t allow bi-wiring, or that you simply aren’t interested in doing so.

If you want to connect each speaker with a single wire, they come with conductive links between each pair of binding posts, ensuring that your music gets to each driver. However, keep in mind that a speaker with only two connectors would eliminate bi-wiring as a future alternative.

Passive, active, or powered?

You can choose between passive, powered, or active speakers. Most speakers are passive, meaning that your amplifier supplies all of the power, and the speakers direct the signal to their individual drivers through a crossover. A powered speaker, on the other hand, amplifies the signal within the speaker cabinet, necessitating a separate mains feed for the speaker.

A ‘powered’ speaker and an ‘active’ speaker are two different things. A powered speaker has its own amplifier, but the signal is routed through a passive crossover. The signal is amplified before being divided into frequency bands and fed to the drivers, in other words.

Active speakers, on the other hand, have their own amplifier for each driver. Because the crossovers work at the line level rather than the speaker level, you can use more precise components and calibrate with greater precision.

Stand, cables, etc.

If you go for a wired setup, you’ll need to get high-quality cables. Another consideration is choosing between a wall-mounting kit and an individual stand for your Hi-Fi speakers. Make sure to factor these add-ons into your budget as they can add up fast. For the amplifier and source device, you can choose between an AV rack or stand to keep things organized. Those using a turntable should also look for a solid, sturdy surface to place it on. No need to invest in new furniture though – just repurpose what’s already there in your home.

The way you place the speakers will have a significant impact on your Hi-Fi’s audio quality. A best practice is to keep the right and left stereo apart (at least two meters) and ensure they’re slightly tilting in the direction where you’re going to be enjoying your favorite songs. Living in an apartment means your options are limited, but don’t put the speakers near the walls or corner (as this would cause the bass to distort other frequencies). Besides saving money buying add-ons, look for ways to save space when you’ve paid a premium for it.

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Best HiFi Loudspeakers 2021

Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Bookshelf Speakers

The second generation of Bowers & Wilkins’ 606 speakers was released to commemorate the company’s 600 speaker line’s 25th anniversary. The passive bookshelf speakers measure 13.5 inches high, 7.5 inches wide, and 11.8 inches deep, making them ideal for a living room entertainment center.

If you’re looking for speakers for your listening room or putting together a surround sound home theater system, consider putting them on speaker stands to raise them to the ideal height.

Focal Chora 826 Three-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker

The Chora 826 Three-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (sold individually, not in pairs) from Focal packs unbelievable audio technology into a sleek design. It stands 41.5 inches tall and weighs 52.9 pounds, so plans ahead of time where you’ll put your pair (seriously, get two) before they come.

A pair of 6.5-inch bass woofers, one 6.5-inch midrange woofer, and a one-inch inverted dome tweeter were used in the Chora 826. This speaker is classified as a “Three-Way” speaker because it uses dedicated drivers for bass, midrange, and treble frequencies.

The speaker drivers, which feature the exclusive Slatefiber cone designed and manufactured at the Focal site in France, provide balanced and precise midranges as well as perfectly articulated bass, resulting in a great, full, and generous sound.

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B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) Bookshelf Speaker 606MB (Matte Black) (1Pair)?Japan Domestic Genuine Products? ?Ships from Japan?

Focal Chora 826 Floor Standing Speaker - Each (Black)

Elac ARB51-GB Navis Premium Powered Bookshelf Speakers - (Pair) Gloss Black

McIntosh Labs Floorstanding Speaker, Red Walnut (XR100)

DALI SPEKTOR 2 - Bookshelf Speaker (Black Ash) Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)

 

ELAC Navis Powered Bookshelf Speakers

The Navis Powered Speakers from ELAC are an all-in-one audio system that sounds great right out of the box. A 5.25-inch woofer, a four-inch midrange driver, and a one-inch soft-dome tweeter in the middle of the midrange driver make up each speaker.

Although these drivers are smaller than those found in the other speakers we suggest, ELAC makes up for it in spades. The Navis have six amplifiers, while most active speaker pairs have only one.

McIntosh XR100 Floorstanding Speaker

The XR100 is a speaker from McIntosh that is known for its sonic excellence. If you want a speaker that doesn’t make any compromises, consider the XR100. The floor-standing speaker stands 51 inches tall and weighs 68.5 pounds (this one is sold alone, so you’ll need two for a pair).

The speaker’s distinctive design, which includes 22 drivers, is the first thing you’ll notice. There are four six-inch bass woofers and ten two-inch midrange woofers (eight of which are devoted to covering the 300Hz to 2kHz audio spectrum and the other ten to covering the 300Hz to 2kHz audio spectrum).

Dali Spektor 2

A highly precise, extra-light one-inch tweeter eliminates audible breakups and expertly manages critical transitions. The skills of the Spektor 2 belie its size and cost, as it is designed to work with virtually any amplifier on the planet, is bolstered with technology that removes the need for frequency correction in the crossover, and is rounded out with classic looks.

They’re made with great care and attention to detail, which shows in every aspect of these speakers. They’re not enormous, but they’d benefit from being mounted on a stand. 

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Conclusion

A good pair of hi-fi speakers can last for many years, but with so many designs and manufacturers to choose from, it can be difficult to make the best choice. We’ve put together this simple guide to buying hi-fi speakers based on my expertise and first-hand experience, having a long passion for audio and electronics.

We’ve organized it in such a way that you can easily skip over any points you’re already familiar with. Impedance, power handling, construction, size, finish, specifications, placement, auditioning, price, and sound are all important factors to consider when purchasing hi-fi speakers, though not necessarily in that order. Additionally, you can look for futuristic add-ons like voice assistant-compatibility on your Hi-Fi speakers. Hands-free operation is music to an audiophile’s ears.