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Cutting to the chase, you need to consider speakers that can keep up with the increasing demands nowadays. That usually entails future-proofing the speakers in question, but at the same time, it luckily doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your next living room speakers.
In a nutshell, this post treats the topic of different living room speakers that you can install. It also shows some factors you have to consider when you want to choose a speaker that will be fit for your living room.
As entertainment goes, we use speakers in our living rooms for mostly watching movies and hearing songs. But there are two kinds of speakers that you can get nowadays; they are wireless and wired speakers.
To make a proper choice between them, we have to consider them individually. Wired speakers will always have wires as the name implies (regardless if it’s for your living room or not) and that most of the time requires a receiver to receive all the wires for your audio and video pleasures. If power is lacking, you can pair a receiver with an amplifier to kick it up a notch.
Still, if you’re a lover of music, you must get a stereo receiver, since they feature finer music quality. Or, you can use an external DAC (digital-to-audio converter) paired with maybe an amplifier for good music experience. This combination allows for fine control over different parts of music you hear (higher bass and whatnot).
Alternatively, wireless speakers make use of Bluetooth and WiFi for data transmission. When they were first introduced to the audio industry, their inability to sufficiently transfer data made for poor quality.
Currently, transmission of data is swift due to the advancements in Bluetooth and WiFi technology. No matter, we digress (though the above shows how far wireless speakers have come), wireless speakers do not have any use for wires. You just distribute them in the living room and there’ll be no visible wire (except the power cable) crawling along the wall for transmission of data.
Bookshelf speakers have a lot to offer in terms of sound quality, and one of the best things about them is that they aren’t going to take a lot of space in your living room too. These speakers will go well on a shelf or perhaps on your living room stand. For best experience, you can purchase a subwoofer to catch detailed bass when watching movies and hearing songs.
A perfect recommendation of this kind of speaker is the Edifier R1280T. The speaker is made of high-quality retro wood case, and it comes in pairs. They’re loud, rich (despite the budget-friendly price), and portable as well.
Unlike bookshelf speakers, floorstanding speakers take up a lot of space. They are also tall as the name implies and they come in different styles and sizes. You’ll find floorstanding speakers with club lights (different colors) that change in different tempo and you’ll find them having different power levels too.
For them too, you may have to get a subwoofer for some rich tunes when watching movies or hearing music.
The one advantage that floorstanding speakers have is that they’re portable (though, not like bookshelf speakers) despite their size. Anywhere in the room or if you’re moving, you can pack them up and move them as you want.
Well, unlike most types of speakers, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are probably the best speakers you can get if you prefer a clean look for your living room.
In-wall speakers as the name implies is installed in your walls while in-ceiling speakers will be installed overhead. All the wires needed for connection are hidden and passed through the walls.
Also, they take up no space in your living room and still, they do not sacrifice sound quality. That said, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers that you pick should be durable and if you want, they can be moisture-resistant as well.
Nonetheless, wiring is an issue since it requires time and some skill to install the speakers. Continuing, when you’re moving, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are a pain to deal with since you installed them in your walls and ceilings respectively.
The former comes in pairs, is durable, and has moisture-resistance. In regards to the latter, it is a ceiling speaker that can be used for surround sound configuration in your living room.
They’re a bit like bookshelf speakers in shape, but they’re far smaller than they are. Also, on-wall speakers are extremely portable and their aesthetic appeal is off the charts.
They also feature rich sound and they can be used all around your living room for surround-style effects or you can just pair them up beside your TV and see how posh they’ll look.
The Dual Electronics LU43PW is an example of the raw sound quality offered by on-wall speakers. The product comes in a pair, are 4 inches in size only, and offer up to 100 watts of power for movies and songs.
Soundbars are a relatively new type of speakers that you can use in your living room. They are portable (can also be wall-mounted), require no receiver or other such equipment, and they still offer very good sound quality.
These speakers can be wireless or wired and you can just purchase according to your taste. We recommend buying a soundbar that comes with a subwoofer for best results. Alternatively, you can just buy a subwoofer and pair it with your soundbar if compatibility is not an issue.
If you prefer a configuration like this, the Samsung HW-M360/ZA is a good choice. It has 200 watts of power, has a subwoofer, and also possesses a durable body that looks good as well.
These are just some of the factors you have to consider before making a final choice on which speaker (type too) you want to purchase. This is done because some speakers just don’t fit you despite you wanting them.
You have to take into consideration, the portability of any type of speaker you want to choose. The in-wall speakers, for example, are not portable in the least. They are installed in the wall, where it will take slight effort to remove.
On the chance that you’re planning to move in some time, this is not the best choice for you since you cannot carry them as you move. Alternatively, purchasing a soundbar or a bookshelf speaker will help in this regard due to their small size.
Most of the speakers above can be used in a surround sound setting since you can buy multiple copies of them. Still, after you’ve selected one that you prefer, you have to decide if you want to invest in surround sound system or maybe not.
There are two things that determine this; whether you are an avid listener of different music and you can’t live without it—or movies are what you see yourself watching and you need new speakers that can keep up with you.
If it is music, you don’t really need a surround sound configuration for that, but you can still get it if you appreciate a good movie.
On the other hand, if you love movies, then you should use a surround sound configuration for an immersive experience.
Your living room size is extremely important to consider when purchasing any speaker regardless of the type. It must not be too small that the lowest volumes will still overwhelm you while you’re watching movies and at the same time, the room shouldn’t be bigger than what your speakers can cover.
You must find a balance here and the power of the speaker you fancy will help make a good choice.
The types of speakers above are the different options that you can consider in case you’re looking for audio channels to invest in.
They are also easy to install by yourself and most of them won’t take up any room in your living room. Still, if they do and you don’t have that much, to begin with, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are the perfect recommendations to solve that issue. Though, take note that portability will be an issue like we said, in that regard.
That point made, when you want to select any type of speaker for your living room, do take into consideration that you can get the wireless ones or you can invest in the wired ones. Whichever one you purchase, both have different speakers under them, that can produce good sound quality.