The sounds are like smells – you might get used to the bad ones, but you never regret the upgrade. Maybe you’ve recently found a gaping hole in your music or podcast listening setup – you haven’t noise canceling headphones to turn off toddlers, or you’re trying to improve the sound from your speakers in your living room. Whatever your problem, we’ve got you covered. Here are our tips for improving your home audio system.
It’s not the only list of audio-related stuff we have. Don’t forget to check out our guides Best gifts for audiophiles, Best headphones, and The best bluetooth speakers for more. Need more homework? We have an Ultimate Guide to Home Work Equipment.
Update July 2021: We’ve added a few new choices, updated tips, and changed language.
Special offer for Gear readers: get a One year subscription to WIRED for $ 5 ($ 25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you wish). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day.
Free Home Audio Tips
Most great audio enhancements just take a bit of menu diving and feng shui.
Check your broadcast settings
I can’t tell you how many friends and family have checked their streaming settings, only to find that they haven’t set them to the best possible audio quality.
Enter the settings menu of your music streaming app and make sure to set the audio to high quality. Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music make it easy to find music quality settings. You can download your favorite playlists and albums if your home Wi-Fi network cannot handle the higher bit rate stream.
The location of the speakers is essential
Basses love to hide in corners, so try mounting your speakers away from them, ideally in the middle of a wall. If you are wondering where to place them relative to your usual listening position, keep this in mind: the ideal stereo image (fat, wide, live sound) comes when your head forms an equilateral triangle with the two up. -speakers. Also, do your best to make sure that the tweeters (the smallest round speakers that emit the high notes on most speakers) are as close to ear level as possible, as the higher pitched sounds are the loudest. more affected by management.
Move your furniture to divert the sound
One of the most important aspects of speaker sound is your own room. Much like a terrible singer using a fantastic microphone, if you put a pair of amazing speakers in a horrible room, you will have terrible sound.
Most rooms have similar problems: They are a bit too reflective and a bit too rich in bass. Flat walls and corners are, overall, the culprit. Sound is a wave, and if that wave ricochets straight off a wall, it can interfere and cancel out other waves reaching it, creating strange frequency dead zones in your room.