You can have the best AV receiver or a high-quality record player, but without the right set of audio speakers, your audio or home theatre setup won’t be at the top of its game.

The correct sound speakers make all the difference, but given the options and prices, it can get difficult to determine which sorts of speakers are best for you.

That’s why we curated this speaker buying guide to help you understand the different types of speakers and make the best speaker purchase!

Key Factors to Consider Before Buying the Speakers

Function, location, and placement are very important to consider when buying the right speakers. 

Here’s a quick glance at points to consider before buying the speakers.

  • Consider what you intend to do with the speakers. Are you searching for a multi-room audio system, a high-fidelity stereo sound system for your vinyl collection or setting up a home theatre system?
  • One of the main factors for speaker selection is volume as speakers are made to reproduce sound and perform optimally up to a certain sound pressure level (SPL) in the room. Check if your speakers will be projecting speaking voices, singing voices, orchestras, or a combination.
  • Take time to figure out your coverage area before purchasing the speaker. This will ensure that you hear everything everywhere without having to turn up the volume too loud later.
  • If you’re looking for speakers that will be used for louder volume music playback, then your best bet is to pick low impedance speakers. High impedance speakers are suitable for only Public Address (PA) systems and other lower-volume applications, such as offices, warehouses, educational institutions and malls.
  • Check the speaker placement. Sometimes speakers may need to be at visible spots. Other times, you may want the speakers to blend seamlessly with the environment. Consult an audio professional or AV integrator to determine the best option for you.

Different Types of Speakers You Should Know About 

  • In-Wall/ Ceiling Speakers
  • Soundbar
  • Smart Speaker
  • Portable Speakers
  • Surround Speakers / Satellite Speaker
  • Center-Channel Speaker
  • Built-In Speaker
  • In-Wall Speakers
  • Subwoofer
  • Tower / Floor Standing Speaker
  • Bookshelf Speaker

Don’t Miss Out on These Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Audio System

Size: Larger and heavier speakers are often better quality because of their ability to accommodate larger, higher quality materials.

Power handling: More watts equals louder speakers that pack a punch with crisp and clear sounds at higher volumes.

Frequency: Frequency is the range of sound that a speaker can output, measured in hertz. A versatile speaker will span the range of frequencies that the human ear can hear (approximately 20-20,000Hz)

First rap your knuckles against the speakers: The speaker should feel solid and give you back a solid sound. If it sounds hollow now, it’ll sound hollow when you try using it.

Sensitivity: Sensitive speakers need less energy to achieve higher volume levels.