We may not all be audiophiles, but we can all agree that good sound quality makes all the difference between a song being a complete bop or just falling flat. So, what makes a great speaker for your audio needs, and how does one go about finding just the right fit? Be it at home, your car, in the taxi, or out on the streets, we are constantly listening to one form of audio or the other on our devices. With so much content both online and offline waiting to be consumed, having the right speakers to enjoy that content goes a long way. From Facebook stories, short clips and Netflix; to our music and television shows, it is only right that the content we enjoy sounds just right. Which makes choosing an audio device good enough to tickle your eardrums an important, albeit daunting task.
To get you started, here are three things to consider when shopping for your audio needs:
1. Speaker quality - The right speaker should enable the listener to listen and make out all the different instruments played in the song, and the song, no matter what genre it is from, should not hurt or pinch your eardrums. Try listening to different types of audio when testing the speakers for purchase to determine what sounds right to you. The JBL portable Bluetooth speaker range, for example, is rated as one of the best speakers out at the moment. Also, consider other factors like where the speakers will be placed. If it’s a home theatre, for example; and even though floor standing speakers and bookshelf speakers generally, have the best overall sound, it may take up a lot of space in your living room. A tip when buying headsets: always check if they have noise canceling. Sony headphones are a great find in this regard. For car audio, premium speakers do not only sound better, but they also last longer than factory speakers.
2. Versatility – Speaker, home theatre, headphones or earphones? You have to choose a device that suits your needs. The distinction between headphones and earphones, whether the device is wireless or corded, goes a long way in this regard. A great wireless Bluetooth speaker may work well at home and may be convenient as it is a portable device, but won’t be practical in a public space, however, where not everyone may be receptive to your music choices. Some devices also offer more than just the listening to music function. When it comes to versatility, not only does the JBL portable Bluetooth charge speaker produce great sound, you can also use it to charge your phone.
3. Compatibility with your hardware – Not only should the speakers sound good, but you should be able to play audio files from various devices and sources. Be very specific about options like whether the device will be wireless or have a cord, and the audio formats and devices it is compatible with. You don’t want to buy a speaker only to find you can’t play audio files from a USB stick.
The list goes on and on, but we hope these few pointers are enough to get you started. Happy listening.