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How To Get A Fuller Sound Out Of Your Home Speaker System Without Breaking The Bank

Trying to improve the audio from your home speaker system can seem like a never-ending pursuit. When you add in the subjectivity of audio quality, it can be even more difficult, as what sounds good to you may not sound that great to someone else. Despite these challenges, there are small changes you can make to your home speaker system that will help you achieve a fuller, richer sound. The best part is that these changes don’t require a major investment, meaning your wallet can breathe easy.

 

Speaker Arrangement

Sometimes, to achieve a fuller sound, all that is needed is some slight tweaking with the arrangement of the speakers. Since every speaker has a “sweet spot” where the sound waves provide the most pleasing sound, it’s important to align your speakers so that their “sweet spots” come together in one location. Try moving one speaker at a time and then testing the quality of the audio to hear the changes you can make.

 

Equalization

When it comes to equalization, there are nearly endless options that can change the sound you hear. One tip to achieve a fuller sound, then, is to invest in an equalizer that provides more control over the different bands. A 31-band graphic EQ will provide ample control over the bass, mid-range, and treble that is then sent to your receiver for amplification. By boosting certain low-end frequencies and finding the right balance in the “muddy middle,” you can achieve a fuller sound for all types of audio.

 

Extra Power

Typically, the amps available in audio receivers are more than adequate to produce an exceptional and rich sound. If you need more power for some reason, though, an external amplifier may help boost the fullness of your sound, especially in the low end. One idea would be to have a dedicated amplifier for your subwoofer to provide the richest-possible low and low-mid frequencies. This frees up the amplifier in your receiver to push the mid and high-end frequencies with greater clarity and crispness. All in all, more power is almost always a good thing.

 

Better Cables

While you don’t need to spend a fortune on high-end audio cables, that doesn’t mean you should settle for the least expensive cables you can find. One important feature of better cables is the shielding present in these cables. If you have to do a cable run near a source of potential interference, the protection that these cables provide can help restore richness and fullness to your speaker system.

 

While you can do a lot to make your system sound better, at some point, you have to accept that there are limits to what the human ear can appreciate. Find a stopping point that sounds as good as possible and then spend your time immersing yourself in your high-quality audio. After all, that’s the whole point of improving your speaker system.

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Original article from Music Think Tank (primary) RSS updated 1/31/2020

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