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Hifi Speakers buying guide

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How many speakers do I need? Put simply, if you wish to just listen to your CD collection, the radio or you have dusted down some of your old vinyl collection then two speakers will suffice, one for each of the two stereo channels.

In a home cinema setup however things start to get a little more complicated. Depending on your home cinema setup you may require 3, 4, 6, 7 or even 8 if you include a subwoofer. These are made up of a simple 3.1 setup (the .1 always refers to the addition of a subwoofer providing the low bass frequencies), the most common 5.1 setup to the realms of THX 6.1 and 7.1 surround sound.

If possible, try to hide your speakers from view. Look out for tiny cube speakers, flush mounted ceiling speakers anf even picture frame speakers as they all complement flat panel tv's and offer up more space.

Wireless Speakers give you the ability to listen to music in different rooms by using a transmitter and receiver, however these operate on the same frequency as some cordless phones and microwaves and could cause some interference. As you would expect these can vary in price immenesly. Check out the Tannoy Mercury F1 Customs for £129 if you are on a budget.

Multi-speaker setups are proving very popular purchases here in the UK as they have already been matched up as a set and allow the non savvy consumer to make a safe and informed choice. These are often bundled in together with an AV receiver or Amp but excellent speaker packages can be found by the likes of Mordaunt Short and Kef.

Take these tips on board when researching your next purchase here at Price Inspector. Look for binding posts on the rear of the speakers as they offer a more secure connection than the spring clips found on cheaper models. More power doesn't mean better! Often a 50 watt speaker when matched with the correct system can sound far superior to a badly matched 100 watt speaker. Try to buy the best speaker cable that you can afford to connect your speakers to your components. This is the cheapest form of hifi upgrade you can buy an can even liven up an ageing system.

Look out for a new breed of speaker suitable for your Ipod or other mp3 player. These act as a docking station and can achieve an excellent soundstage. Check out Bose SoundDock 2™ Speakers Black.

Buying Guide to Hifi Speakers
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