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Are you a sound enthusiast who is looking to set up or upgrade your home audio system? Or are you a movie junkie who wants to set up the perfect home cinema tailored to your entertainment preferences? We have spoken with the experts at British audio brand KEF for their best tips and tricks so you can get started on creating your perfect home audio experience this holiday! Plus, read on for exclusive festive offers from KEF that you won’t want to miss!
There is a lot to consider when it comes to assembling your own audio system. For example, what budget should you set aside? How much should each component cost? Which component is the most important? And if the prices keep adding up, you might ask yourself, do I really need a home audio system to begin with?
Out of the mountain of questions you might have when it comes to assembling your audio system, KEF suggests that sound lovers consider what they listen to music or audio for. Most of us start off as casual listeners, and our audio needs can be satisfied with basic-level headphones. But as we experience and evolve with the music and sounds we listen to, our needs will grow with us until the basics no longer offer a satisfying audio experience.
So, you should always consider if assembling your own audio system will bring better enjoyment and satisfaction to your audio experience. If the answer is yes, KEF would recommend top-quality, high fidelity music systems to suit your budget and advise you on how you should split this between components when shopping for your bespoke audio system.
An audio system is only as good as its speakers. The specialists at KEF recommend for customers to always match the quality of their speakers to the quality of their other audio components. If one component is weaker than the rest, then your audio system may not give the best results. Of course, matching components can be difficult, but KEF is here to help! You can book a demo at one of its retail shops and fully experience your chosen audio system before making a purchase.
Since speakers are so important to an audio system, how should they be placed in the whole assembly? Here are five tips from KEF on how you should place your speakers for the optimal audio experience.
Your speakers should be placed 180 to 240 centimetres apart. The exact distance depends on the size of your speakers. With compact speakers like KEF’s LSX II wireless hi-fi system, you should arrange your speakers closer together to enhance your home entertainment experience. It is also ideal to have a wall or boundary behind these speakers. For the best quality sound, KEF recommends that the best place from which to enjoy your audio set-up should match the distance between your speakers.
The distance between the surrounding walls and speakers is also important when it comes to low-frequency responses. According to KEF, the best distance between speakers and the wall behind them should be between 30 and 100 centimetres. Speakers should never be placed too close to side walls and should be equal distances away from them. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your speakers! Shift them to a position that gives you the best listening experience.
For the best movie and TV experiences at home, KEF recommends installing a surround system in your space. Of course, there are a plethora of surround systems out there that are not suitable for every budget. Specialists at KEF have just the solution for you. With just two speakers or two speakers and a subwoofer, you can achieve an audio experience as enjoyable as one that a surround system provides!
The LS50 Wireless II is also another budget-friendly, all-in-one speaker system able to elevate your tv-binging experience. And the LS50 Wireless II is one of a kind in the loudspeaker world! The first system to be applied with metamaterial absorption technology, this means 99 percent of all high-frequency distortion is eliminated to create the most natural sound whilst you stream your favourite show at home.
A subwoofer is a loudspeaker component designed to reproduce low bass frequencies, transforming your audio experience with extended and prominent bass. KEF recommends using a subwoofer for your home theatres because movie soundtracks are mixed with these components in mind. KEF has engineered a revolutionising speaker to take care of your audio needs.
The LS60 Wireless floor-standing system is a compact and stylish option for your living room. Featuring two pairs of Uni-Core driver arrays, the LS60 guarantees to enhance bass performance in a slim design. Compatible with all major audio platforms, including Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast, you can easily stream your favourite flick at home with the best sound quality.
Here’s a bit of geometry for you. If you consider your space acoustically, a room doesn’t just have four corners, but 12. The experts at KEF state that each one of these corners can affect your audio response. Soft furniture and heavy textiles can also have the same effect on the overall sound, whilst hard surfaces and glass will distort the reverberations from your audio system. It’s important to have a balance between the soft and the hard when planning your space to optimise your audio experience.
As everything in your space plays a part in your overall sound, although speaker placement might be crucial to a satisfying audio experience, your listening position and environment are just as important. Move your set-up around to find the best position for your ears.