We see a common trend these days when it comes to speakers… especially in cars & whatnot – That bigger = better. Is that actually true though? Not really, honestly. Well, yes, the size of a speaker will roughly correlate to how loud and high quality it is, but size is by no means a reliable judging factor for how good a speaker truly is. This article is going to discuss the specs which truly matter when it comes to determining how good a set of speakers really is, so you can get your money’s worth. Check out www.outdoorspeakersreview.net for a more detailed comparison of outdoor and marine speakers.
Quality is more Important than Size
It doesn’t matter how big a speaker is. If it’s built poorly, than it’s going to sound poorly. So, what makes a speaker built well? The cabinet must have a good closed design which optimally projects sound waves to make your speakers sound their best. The magnets and cones must be well made to prevent hissing, shreeking, or other weird feedback noises. The woofers must also be made of quality material to adequately project a full range of sound. So, how do you decide whether all of this is true or not for a particular product? It’s tough, honestly, unless your already an avid audiophile. User reviews do go a long way on impartial vendors such as amazon.com
Power isn’t Necessarily a Function of Size
In our opinion, the true baseline statistic for any speaker is it’s nominal operating power. Be careful to distinguish this from the peak operating power. Many less than ethical vendors will advertise a set of speakers as being 100 watt speakers that seem very cheap, when in reality they have a peak power of 100 watts. If you were to play then at that wattage for extended periods of time, they eventually blow out and be destroyed. The nominal operating power tells you how much power a set of speakers can take in over the long run, and will allow you to roughly gauge how loud they’ll be. The variables which influence power really depend on the internal components and how they’re set up.
Even then, Power doesn’t Always Imply Better sound
Some older speakers are designed with air tight closed cabinets which take a lot of power to play, but might not be able to get very loud. However, the trade off is that they often sound amazing and mid volumes in close proximity. That’s another thing worth mentioning, is that you should really get a feel for how a set of speakers is really meant to sound optimal. A giant set of 500w speakers won’t sound great for personal listening at 3 feet away like a set of more conservative computer speakers.