Why Pay More? Speakers

Speakers are just as important as your amp when it comes to sound quality. You want speakers that will draw every last drop of detail from your audio: the complexity of the rising resonance of instruments in a concert, every one picked out and yet adding to a whole, or the tiny squeaks and sounds of a plectrum coming off a string.

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For great sound, you need really good speakers. You might think there's a fairly simple correlation between the quality of a speaker's components, the quality of sound you get out of them, and the price of the speakers. And you'd be broadly right. Here are some details…

High-end speakers boast superior crossovers, which are the brains of the speakers that direct the correct bit of signal to the correct driver (the part that emits the sound). They also have better quality terminals for a cleaner signal path. More powerful and efficient drivers and more delicate, accurate tweeters are better able to translate the signal into beautiful and rich sound in the way your favourite artists intended. It's not just components you're choosing between though: cabinet construction, material and rigidity also play a huge part in a speaker's sound, as does its shape and size.

Speaking of size - big is beautiful, but small can sound great too – for a slightly higher price. In recent years, new technologies  and construction methods have meant that you can finally get a big, room-filling sound from a compact pair of bookshelf speakers, which means you can choose between floorstanders with a traditional design or spending a bit more to get a similar room-filling sound from smaller speakers, thanks to clever engineering.

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Choosing between component quality, cabinet construction and even size and placement can be a complex set of choices and we always recommend listening before buying. That’s why we are always happy to demo any of our speakers, so you can hear the difference the quality makes for yourself.

We stock a wide range of hi-fi and home cinema speakers from all the big brands. And every single Richer Sounds store has a home-styled demonstration room where you can try them out first and find the perfect speakers for your home.

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