If you like the idea of high quality sound but aren’t quite sure how to get started, we’ve got you covered with this introduction to the different hifi components. Whether you’re setting up live gigs in Sydney, throwing a house party in Perth or your first organised rave and need the best hifi store in Melbourne, this piece will tell you the different sound system components and how they work together.
Hifi is far more versatile than other options
Hifi carries an awesome advantage in that a system is far more versatile than other options. You can build your hifi system exactly as you want, with each unit in your system performing its own separate task and complete that task with the utmost efficiency. This, in turn, provides a far more superior sound quality than more centralised systems.
So what goes into a hifi sound system? What does your system require? Here are some of the components your system requires.
How do you enjoy playing music? Do you love the idea of spinning vinyl at a party or bar? Or do you just want a good streaming service like Apple Music or Spotify to do the work for you? Either way, you have to consider adding a network player to your hifi system. If you have a lot of vinyl, you’ll need a record player to spin them. Holding on to a CD collection? Perhaps CDJs are the way to go. As we’ve mentioned, well-designed hifi systems are hugely versatile – you can create your own top class solution.
You are then most certainly going to need an amplifier. Amplifiers are what powers your music and allows you to control the volume and certain other musical elements. The amplifier is the backbone of your system and your system cannot function properly without it. There are different types of amplifiers including pre-amps, power amps, receivers and integrated amps, all of which fulfill different functions.
This, of course, is where your music plays. Things you have to consider when choosing speakers revolve around spacial restrictions: how big is the room/area they will be situated in? How big will the speakers be? Once you have chosen your speakers, you then have to decide how they will be positioned in the room to provide the best sound.
For example, rooms below a 10’ dimension should have smaller speakers. This could be anything like a compact floor standing model or a bookshelf solution. Rooms anywhere between 10-15’ should be augmenting with a subwoofer or contain midsize floor standing models. Subwoofers are a great compromise, however they don’t necessarily provide the awesome sound of a larger speaker, something that should be placed in a 15’ and above dimension room.
Your units have to connect (duh). However, to do this properly, you need the right cables. Interconnects are cables that connect each hifi system component with another. You’ll also need a speaker cable to connect your speakers, these can be specially cut to match your design or can be purchased at pre-cut lengths.
Enjoy your new system
Through picking up these four components, you have started the process of creating an awesome hifi system. You want to choose a system that is going to last for years as well as matches your tastes, space and needs. Don’t forget to pick up the right cables for your music system, as they can have a serious impact on performance. But once you’ve picked up your main components, choosing the rest should be easy.