How to Get the Best-Performing Speakers for Your Stereo System

How to Match Speakers to Your Receiver and Room

How to select the best speakers for your home audio system
Get the most out of your audio system.

Your speaker system is at the heart of your home audio experience. How can you be sure you are spending your audio budget wisely to choose speakers that match well with your receiver? Once you buy speakers, you need to know how to connect them to your system where to place them for the best stereo experience. Here are our how-to advice and do-it-yourself instructions for buying and setting up stereo speakers.

1. Select the Best Speaker Type for Your Stereo System

To choose the best stereo speakers for your needs, you first need to decide on the type of speaker you want. Your choices include floor standing, bookshelf, In-wall/In-ceiling, on-wall, or satellite speakers with a subwoofer. Learn more about the advantages of each speaker type and which is best for your room. Here's how to select the best speaker type for your stereo system

2. Evaluate the Speakers' Sound Quality Before You Buy

There is no single best speaker for everyone, just like there is no best car or best wine. Use your personal listening tastes to guide your decision when evaluating speakers. Everyone has different opinions about good sound and your ears should be your guide. Take your time when shopping to listen to several different types of music with the model you are evaluating. Bring along the variety of music you love to play through a system.

Does it sound natural? Is the tone balanced? Could you listen to it for a long period without feeling fatigued? Here's more on how to evaluate the sound quality of a speaker system

3. Match Speakers to Your Stereo Amplifier or Receiver

It's important to match the amount of amplifier power to the speakers you'll be using in your system.

Correctly matching the power output of the amplifier to the power handling capacity of the speakers will ensure the best performance. See how to match speakers to a stereo amplifier or receiver.

4. Place Speakers for the Best Sound Performance

Every room has a different shape with various furnishings that affect sound quality. Correctly placing speakers will get the best possible sound from your speakers. Best of all, it's is free and takes only a little time and patience. Use the Golden Rectangle Rule and one-third to one-fifth rules of speaker placement. Here's how to correctly place your speakers

5​. ​Correctly Connecting Your Speakers to an Amplifier or Receiver

To get the best sound quality, it's important to correctly connect speakers to a receiver or amplifier. One of the most important connections is correct speaker phasing. You need to connect the positive and negative terminals correctly on both the speaker and the receiver or you may notice a lack of bass. Here's how to connect your speakers to an amplifier or receiver.

6. How to Install In-Wall Speakers

In-wall speakers are very popular because they offer good sound quality, they take no floor space and the grilles can be painted to match the walls.

See how to install in-wall speakers and run speaker wires to another room for help in tackling these projects.

Top Picks for Speakers

After reviewing each of these speakers in my system, here are my top picks for speakers. They are presented in alphabetical order in a variety of types and price ranges and all offer excellent performance.

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