17 Apr 2017
Whether you are at home, in a mall or just down the street, you always somehow get to hear the speakers. It is commonly used at home and even more in the car or vehicle. Depending on the environment there are certain things that speakers performance may be affected. If you want to choose the best speaker, you need to consider good features. In this article, we will break down the specification that make speakers the best. But before anything else, here are the list of the speakers quality that topped the 2016 hot list:
|Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II||$$$||4.6/5|
|AmazonBasics USB Powered Computer Speakers||$||4.2/5|
|Logitech Multimedia Speakers Z200 with Stereo Sound||$||4.2/5|
|Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers||$$$||4.4/5|
|Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound||$||4.0/5|
When it comes to the quality of sound, you will know what is best form the other immediately even if you are not expert with sounds. Everyone else would want high quality sounds out from their audio system. Speakers which will fill the room with a good quality sound is the best. If you are looking for Speakers with good quality, there are three (3) figures that you need to take a look. These three are the headroom, total harmonic distortion and speaker impedance.
- Headroom: The measure figure of what a system can be able to deliver in just short bursts. What is most important is a large headroom figure, especially if you have a home cinema system. If you want to have the best experience of sound quality when you watch action movies from your home theater, then this figure is what you must take a focus on.
- Total Harmonic Distortion: Known as the TDH, is a measure of how well the speakers translate what is on the disc or the hard drive into sound. If the figure is low, there will be less distortion which makes having lower numbers better. THS would mean a quality “clean” system if the values run between 0.05% and 0.08%. Though, figure with lower number or 0.01% is still pretty good.
- Speaker Impedance: With this number, you will know how much current does your speaker draw. The standard number is eight (8) ohms. The most expensive speakers have four (4) ohms and this are usually the best. However you do not just speakers with four ohms if you have a normal amplifier, you need to own a very good amplifier to get most out of the four ohms speaker.
The audio box’ quality also depends on the space size. The larger the space that the audio box has, the wider the sound can travel. This could cause for a rattle sound which is not good. You need to have closed space as possible, or just enough space that would not cause distortion of sound or just to keep the audio at space.
If you compare the specifications of speakers, you will notice the drivers of the boxes which can be made out of various materials. Different speakers are made out of various materials as well such as aluminum, paper, ceramic, glass or polypropylene. Having different materials can actually affect the sound waves that the speakers create. Aside from the mentioned materials, there are also others.
Most of the cones move in and out to push air, but there will also be times where cones will flex instead at certain frequencies. When there is flexing, it will distort the sound. If the materials used in audio box are rigid, designers will need to keep the flexing into a minimum level.
Different speaker designers have variety of opinion with regard to minimizing the flex of speakers. Usually, clay impregnated cones are more rigid which most likely uses. For fast and low-level resonance, it would be best to have polypropylene made drivers for speakers.
The material of the audio box cone is a great example of how the materials are able to translate to a difference when it comes to sound quality.
On the other hand, there is no perfect driver, so the designers of speaker can just depend on the material that they can make use of just to get a high quality sound quality.
We have talked about the materials, however, those are only a part of a much bigger picture. Another thing that greatly affects the sound of speakers are the way the elements are assembled.
For instance, the house enclosure of speaker needs a good material that is best for audios. If speakers are designed poorly, it will definitely affect the sound that it produces. If the audio box has a wider space, then the sound will reverberate inside the cabinet. With this, cross noise will be created which will interfere the sound waves that are produced directly from the driver. If the drivers of the speakers are not braced securely enough, it will just create distortion and as well as rattle.
Speakers are greatly affected with frequency. These is actually not really knwon by all, but having a good frequency range, means to have a good quality audio box. The ideal audio system reaches down to 20Hz up to 20000Hz. This figure is the nominal human hearing range. The type of system is actually considered less important than the drivers and the quality of the speaker design being used.
Matching Components of Speakers
The most important specification among the speakers would be having the right match for the right components. It should be able to match driver that will be able to deliver just the right amount of power needed. Usually, manufacturers would specify just a range of amplifier power. The amplifier power are the needed to be able to power each unit properly. There might be instances where speaker would require range of 30-100w of the output power for it to operate well, which means that this specification will greatly serve well as a general guideline. If there will be mix-and-match situation, you need to consider the match very well to avoid having a mismatch of components.