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One. Identify your main use case. Is it the living room, study, bedroom or outdoor? Is this occasion the most convenient place that I use most often?
The use occasion determines the size and power of the speaker.
Generally speaking, speakers are divided into near-field listening and far-field listening. For near-field listening, no matter how big the room is, the speaker does not need to be too large, 3 inches to 5 inches is enough. Because of the size of the speaker, you can only hear part of it, and you can’t hear it all. The power does not need to be too large, 15-40W per channel is sufficient. Excessive size and power will not improve the sense of hearing much, but rather troublesome. If it is far-field listening, I personally think that 3W/square per channel is more appropriate. At the same time, you need to consider your placement and space, and choose the right box.
two. Identify your main purpose. The purpose determines the type and characteristics of the speaker.
If it is mainly used for watching movies, then more attention is paid to the atmosphere expressiveness of the speakers. The low frequency must be shocking, the positioning must be accurate, preferably multi-channel, of course, 2.0 is also possible, but the presence of watching movies will be much worse, the power of the subwoofer is preferably above 5W/square.
If it is mainly used for listening to music, 2.0 speakers are the best. The grades and differences of 2.0 speakers are very big, so you have to study and refer to other people's cases by yourself.
Listening to music is divided into two types, one needs to listen very enjoyable, very serious, sit in the emperor's position, and not miss any detail. A person is more casual, the music is open, and it can create a high-quality music atmosphere.
Which category do you belong to? If it is the first category, then you have to carefully consider the type of music you like. Different music types have different styles of boxes. For example, some boxes are suitable for vocals and pop, and some types are suitable for symphony and classical. If you fall into the second category, congratulations, you don’t need to be too entangled, whichever style is suitable.
three. Set your mindset, there is no perfect product, only a suitable product, no matter how expensive or high-end the product is.
If you want to go into details here, you need another article. Let's express it in a few words: After you buy something, if your main requirements are met, you can enjoy it and use it. Don't expect more or always look for shortcomings.
four. The necessary basic knowledge allows you to find your goals more accurately, and will be less fooled.
There are a lot of mysterious speakers, why?
On the one hand, it is because the user's knowledge is lacking. On the other hand, sound perception is very susceptible to psychological cues.
Moreover, the human ear cannot distinguish the sounds from the two sets of speakers at the same time. The judgment of the sound depends entirely on the memory, and the memory of the sound is subjective and vague.
The only thing we can do is to believe in the common sense of physics and learn more. If you really want to compare sounds, you need to quickly switch between blind listening and contrast.
A few days ago, I myself experienced a very funny example of psychological suggestion of listening to music.
The thing is like this, I want to do an experiment with sound-absorbing cotton. Put the sound-absorbing cotton near the inverted port to absorb the high pitch leaked from the inverted port. In theory, the sound will be cleaner and the resolution will be better.
So, I put the sound-absorbing cotton on the back of the speaker and listened to it repeatedly. At that time, I felt that the difference between putting it and not putting it was very small, but I always felt that it was better to put sound-absorbing cotton. When I finally got off work, I suddenly discovered that the speaker was inverted from the front, and I put the sound-absorbing cotton behind the speaker. The conclusion after listening for a long time can be said to be purely psychological. As a person who thinks that listening is very objective and is developing and designing speakers, this is the case, not to mention ordinary consumers.
Fives. Confirm your budget and spend your money on the blade.
Don't believe that you can get good stuff with less money; don't believe that if you spend enough money, things will be good.
First of all, what brand to choose?
Companies with larger brands will have a higher proportion of brand costs (advertising, marketing) and management costs included in the product price, and there will be many brand premiums, but their quality is guaranteed and their performance bottom line will be reliable, not necessarily very high. Excellent, but not particularly bad.
On the contrary, products with no brand effect at the same price will have more real materials in the price composition. Of course, its quality and after-sales must be fully guaranteed before you can buy it. This product may be very good value, or it may be very general. Good material is the basis for good sound, but it lacks good design and accurate tuning, and good material sometimes cannot make good sound.
There is also a type of brand. Be very careful. They use the banner of an international brand, but in fact, you don’t know or have heard of it. It is better to buy a major domestic brand. Similar to the so-called imported furniture of a certain brand in previous years, registering a leather bag company overseas, turning the furniture around the sea, it becomes the original imported furniture, the price is high, but the things are very ordinary.
Secondly, make a reasonable budget allocation for the entire system.
Speakers are electromechanical components, and the distortion of products of different grades varies greatly. The power amplifier and audio source are electronic devices, and the difference in distortion of products of different grades is relatively small.
The distortion of speakers is generally from tens to a few percent, and the distortion of power amplifiers is from a few percent to a few percent; the distortion of audio source equipment is generally from a few percent to a few percent. The zeros and zeros.
A simple analogy, a speaker can be the difference between a small bread to a Ferrari, and an electronic device is the difference between a thousand yuan mobile phone and a million yuan mobile phone.
Again, the relationship between price and sound quality improvement. In a certain range, the price increase will increase the sound quality almost proportionally, but after reaching a certain price point, to increase the same sound quality, the increased price needs to be higher and higher, and even increase the price several times or even dozens of times. This is determined by the technical basis of materials and processes. To reach a level beyond the existing technology base, a huge price needs to be paid. Therefore, the mainstream price range is the most cost-effective, except for the pursuit of the limit.
This article briefly describes some of the ideas and the most basic concepts for choosing speakers. How to choose depends on the comprehensive strength of the readers themselves. In short, the right is the best.