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5 parameters on which to choose a speaker

By Finserv MARKETS - Sep 4,2019
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When it comes to buying speakers, there are so many factors that come to play, factors that decide the quality of the sound the speakers produce. However, you cannot always listen to speakers in this age of online shopping, so it becomes important to know what actually goes behind the best speaker features?

Here in this speaker buying guide, the specifications of the speakers come to rescue, to help you decide if they are ideal for your requirements.

Here are five parameters that you can look at while buying your next speaker from the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store with EMI shopping.

1. Sensitivity

The first parameter in this speakers buying guide is sensitivity. The sensitivity of a speaker is measured in dB (decibels). The sensitivity of a speaker decides the loudness of it and how it will sound in rooms and non-echoing environments. It is also one of the best speaker features.

While some manufacturers measure the sensitivity in a room, some take to non-reverberant environments to measure it. The higher the sensitivity of the speaker, the higher is its level of loudness. The sensitivity level that you will find in average speakers fall around 87 dB and 88dB; a speaker which crosses 90 at the sensitivity rating meter is considered to be of prime quality.

2. Impedance

The impedance of a speaker, measured in ohms, denotes another critical specification of a speaker. If a speaker has low resistance or impedance, it has more efficacy for electricity.

Ideally, your next speaker should not have high or low impedance. While high impedance provides a lot of resistance, low impedance makes it demanding for the amplifier, asking it to push more and more current, which it might not support. A good impedance rating for home speakers is considered to be between 6 to 8 ohms, so make sure that your next purchase falls in that bracket.

3. Response to frequency

The human ear can hear frequencies between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. However, bass frequencies fall under 30 Hz and are not quite heart. Instead, you can feel their vibrations for a speaker, the lower the frequency, the higher the bass.

So if you are someone who likes to listen to songs with a lot of bass, then get a speaker with a lower frequency.

Usually, speakers feature a +/- 3 dB or +/- 4 dB rating. However, you must make sure that the frequency is represented by the “+/-“. If it is absent, the data then might not be entirely accurate.

4. Power handling capacity

Measured in Watts (W), this feature specifies how much power a speaker can take in without any damage. If your speakers get more power than what is fit for it, it might just get damaged.

It is highly likely that speakers with more wattage play louder than the ones with don’t. That, however, should not be a concern since indoor speakers do not have to be so loud. Just make sure that the RMS rating — the power handling rating —of the speaker is enough for it to get through the general electricity fluctuations.

5. Signal to Noise Ratio

Moving on to the last point of this speaker buying guide, we come to the Signal to Noise Ratio. It is the job of the internal drivers to convert audio signals generated to sound. However, not all the sound that we hear in the form of output is pure. There, indeed, is some noise, even if minute. The internal components of the speaker add to the noise generated during output. One of the best speaker features that you can find is low noise and more sound.

This is also expressed in decibels (dB). So if there is a speaker of 120dB, it means that the level of audio signals inside the speaker is 120dV higher than the noise. IT is better here if you get a speaker with higher dB.



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