Tips for good home music system

Rohit Bajaj
Rohit Bajaj used Ask the Experts™
I am looking for a good music system for my room. I was thinking of what things it should have.. the only thing that comes to my mind are woofers.
Please suggest what other things should one look for when buying a good music system.
I saw one cool product sony amazon
Any suggestions for a good music system and any pros and cons of the above ?
Also i couldnt find out what is the year of manufacturing or model for the above speakers... as that should help in getting the latest one.
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Top Expert 2016
What is your definition of a good audio system? You can spend hundreds to millions of USD

you have the input -- what will you be playing the most? How many channels are you interested in? Mono, Stereo, 5.1 Surround, 7.1 Surround. THX certified?

The input will decide which amplifier you need, the specs you want here is the THD (total harmonic distortion .. lower is better).. You may not consciously hear the difference but you may find an amplifier tiring after a while.

Now we come to output... the item that converts electrical energy to acoustic energy. Classic speaker design each speaker has 3 elements with 2 crossovers.  A tweeter (nothing to do with twitter :->)  which has the highest frequencies, a midrange the middle frequencies, and a woofer that handles the lowest frequencies. A typical speaker will have a 2" tweeter, 12" midrange and 36" woofer.

There are also sub-woofers and these are for the extremely lowest frequencies. If you look at a surround system i.e. 5.1 you have a center front, left front and back, right front and back, plus a subwoofer

Low frequencies, unlike higher frequencies, are Omni-directional, and the higher in frequency you go the more directional things are.

You typically will spend more on speakers than the rest of the system as it is the final audio that gets to your ears the most important

How loud do you want the sound system? Even with playing at reasonable levels an amplifier that is rated at 100W is not overkill as there will be short peaks that a lower wattage amplifier will clip and instead of a smooth sine wave it will degenerate into a square wave which further distorts the sound at your ears.

I haven't even touched speaker placement or room acoustics which can be very important.

The final decision on what is acceptable and within your price range will decide what you eventually purchase.
Can you hear the difference between a flac encoded file and a 160 kbps audio file
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

I'd go with David.

Determine your budget, the drop round Best Buy + take a few systems for a spin.

If you have a 5-6 figure budget, likely you'll already know where to go for super high end gear.
Speed54Sales Representative

Read nothing into frequency response specs of the equipment. You may find that what looks good on paper and logically would sound good together may lead to a totally mismatched system. Find a vendor who can put all the elements together so you can listen to the parts operating together with your favourite music . Also do this when you are not sick, as some illnesses can affect your hearing and sound perception.
Top Expert 2013

you are the only one that can decide - since the choice is personal - what you like, may not sound good to another person

so the above suggestions to go and listen to the different systems you choose, with your kind of music is good; you may well find that the difference between a cheap system, and a high end one does not sound to you as better; there's also an "ear education " involved, - the kind of sound you're used to like.
and of course, instead of using speakers, think also about earphones - they may reduce your budget a lot, and there are very good ones around at reasonable price

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