Home Stereo Systems

3 months agoWilliam Sola Hi Mark – my wife and I are building a new house, and want to to put in a whole house stereo system with wall and ceiling speakers. We’re counting upwards of 12 inside speakers, as well as 4 exterior speakers, and we wish to control the room volumes individually from a centrally located closet. Maximum distance of speaker wire would be about 50 feet. Without much more than a Best Buy in this town, I don’t even know where to start. Ultimately I woud like to play vinyl and digital music (apple). I found some info on commercial 70 amp systems on the internet, but I’d rather use the old Kenwood tuner/amp. However, I don’t know what else I need to buy that would be compatible with our wish list. Can you guide us on suggestions on necessary components and wire size?Regards, Will in Anchorage reply quote 3 months agoMark S Hi William – Commercial 70 or 100 volt systems are not generally used in the home.  They are not designed to reproduce the kind of hi-fi audio you would be expecting. Your old Kenwood component(s) will not drive more than two or three pairs of quality stereo speakers safely or efficiently with any acceptable  degree of audio quality.  For speaker runs of 50′ or less 18AWG oxygen free speaker cable or larger may be used.I would strongly recommend enlisting the help of a local integrator to offer you some on-site advice and a survey/list of components.  reply quotehome stereo systems 1In the home Hi-Fi market there are two varieties of amplifiers from which listeners can choose. There are headphone amplifiers and integrated stereo amplifiers. Headphone amplifiers are designed for listeners who want to listen to music with their personal monitors, like headphones, in their isolated environment. Unlike portable versions, home stereo headphone amplifiers like the Grado RA1 and the Music Hall ph25.2 have models that require AC current as a power source.home stereo systems 2If you’re a music enthusiast, but you’re listening to your laptop in your home or apartment as your music center, you should take a moment to really investigate the options available to you. No matter what genre is your preference, so much attention is put into the creativity and audio engineering behind music—it can only be realized on a true Hi-Fi stereo system. Options and marketing information can scatter one in different directions, as everyone’s ears are different, yet now there’s a good range of options that make it possible for anyone with interest to invest in Hi-Fi stereo equipment for their home. You can build a system to your liking, or simply buy a network player and powered speakers for your living room. The true reward will be music to your ears.home stereo systems 3Component stereo – In the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, stereo component equipment became affordable to the mass consumer. Systems generally consisted of a receiver, a turntable, some kind of tape player and speakers.home stereo systems 4During the rise of home theater and DVDs, bringing surround sound into the living room did give consumers a path to continue purchasing modular stereo equipment (known as component equipment). Consumer demand for “home theater in a box,” with complete packages at low pricing, marginalized a majority of consumer audio component products on the market. Many manufacturers who made a variety of separate CD players, cassette players, turntables, and equalizers discontinued several of their models based on low consumer demand. If you were an audiophile, your options seemed to diminish as time went on.home stereo systems 5The most affordable on the list, the Logitech Surround Speakers Z506 is a wired two-channel sourced 5.1 and 3D stereo surround sound system that includes six black speakers and a ported down-firing subwoofer for clean booming bass. Though the system lacks Bluetooth connectivity like the other audio systems listed, it comes with 75 watts of balanced power, enough to fill a room with sound and also rattle a few windows. The speaker bass comes with a control dial that lets you easily adjust bass levels.home stereo systems 64 Best Under $75: Logitech Surround Speakers Z506 Courtesy of Amazon.com The most affordable on the list, the Logitech Surround Speakers Z506 is a wired two-channel sourced 5.1 and 3D stereo surround sound system that includes six black speakers and a ported down-firing subwoofer for clean booming bass. Though the system lacks Bluetooth connectivity like the other audio systems listed, it comes with 75 watts of balanced power, enough to fill a room with sound and also rattle a few windows. The speaker bass comes with a control dial that lets you easily adjust bass levels.You’re not limited to only hooking the system up to your computer, as the package induces a 3.5 mm or RCA audio out allowing for an easy connection to your video game consoles, iPods, etc. Though the speakers may work with game consoles and TVs, when connected, the audio produces only 2.1 audio quality without the surround sound. Buy from Amazonhome stereo systems 7Courtesy of Amazon.com The most affordable on the list, the Logitech Surround Speakers Z506 is a wired two-channel sourced 5.1 and 3D stereo surround sound system that includes six black speakers and a ported down-firing subwoofer for clean booming bass. Though the system lacks Bluetooth connectivity like the other audio systems listed, it comes with 75 watts of balanced power, enough to fill a room with sound and also rattle a few windows. The speaker bass comes with a control dial that lets you easily adjust bass levels.You’re not limited to only hooking the system up to your computer, as the package induces a 3.5 mm or RCA audio out allowing for an easy connection to your video game consoles, iPods, etc. Though the speakers may work with game consoles and TVs, when connected, the audio produces only 2.1 audio quality without the surround sound.home stereo systems 8Hi Mark – my wife and I are building a new house, and want to to put in a whole house stereo system with wall and ceiling speakers. We’re counting upwards of 12 inside speakers, as well as 4 exterior speakers, and we wish to control the room volumes individually from a centrally located closet. Maximum distance of speaker wire would be about 50 feet. Without much more than a Best Buy in this town, I don’t even know where to start. Ultimately I woud like to play vinyl and digital music (apple). I found some info on commercial 70 amp systems on the internet, but I’d rather use the old Kenwood tuner/amp. However, I don’t know what else I need to buy that would be compatible with our wish list. Can you guide us on suggestions on necessary components and wire size?Regards, Will in Anchoragehome stereo systems 93 months agoWilliam Sola Hi Mark – my wife and I are building a new house, and want to to put in a whole house stereo system with wall and ceiling speakers. We’re counting upwards of 12 inside speakers, as well as 4 exterior speakers, and we wish to control the room volumes individually from a centrally located closet. Maximum distance of speaker wire would be about 50 feet. Without much more than a Best Buy in this town, I don’t even know where to start. Ultimately I woud like to play vinyl and digital music (apple). I found some info on commercial 70 amp systems on the internet, but I’d rather use the old Kenwood tuner/amp. However, I don’t know what else I need to buy that would be compatible with our wish list. Can you guide us on suggestions on necessary components and wire size?Regards, Will in Anchorage reply quotehome stereo systems 10When shopping for speakers, consider the type of audio that you'll be listening to primarily. If you're an audiophile who loves to listen to your music collection, the focus on left and right stereo speakers. If you're setting up a home theater system to enjoy family movie night, then you want to set up surround sound. Connect several speakers to an audio receiver for a completely immersive sound experience.home stereo systems 11My 300 disc CD changer finally died and I am looking for a new way to store and access my music library. I want High def sound and am tired of the poor quality sound of Pandora itunes, or Spotify. I have considered buying a PONO player, downloading my CDs on it and hooking it up to my stereo system. Is there a better way to store and play high quality music on a home system?home stereo systems 12I need a symple stereo system , as light as possible. I ll use it at home to plug tv, dvd, cd, smart phone, etc. Can you recomend what is needed for a good sound experience?home stereo systems 131 month agoRobert Creek My 300 disc CD changer finally died and I am looking for a new way to store and access my music library. I want High def sound and am tired of the poor quality sound of Pandora itunes, or Spotify. I have considered buying a PONO player, downloading my CDs on it and hooking it up to my stereo system. Is there a better way to store and play high quality music on a home system? reply quote

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