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How to achieve perfect sound clarity
Imagine listening to a live piano, right in front of you. Then imagine listening to the same piano, but from a different room – what’s changed? Certainly, the quality, the sound, and your listening experience.
This is a good representation of sound clarity delivered through a sound system. Perfect sound clarity allows you to experience sound that’s as close as possible to its original state.
While sound clarity should be a priority for everyone investing in HiFi equipment, it is particularly pertinent for music lovers and those who want their experience to be the best it can be.
You cannot, however, expect great sound clarity from just any products. It takes a little extra effort to achieve amazing clarity – but it is more than worth it in the end.
Step One: Don’t underestimate sound quality
Just as a great symphony cannot be created from one note, great sound clarity isn’t achieved through just one product. Your music players, speakers, and amps all work together to produce a level of clarity.
This is often where people go wrong – not only with the assumption that one great product can do everything, but that a mixture of ‘the best’ is all it takes to get the right sound.
You need each product to work well together to create great clarity – not just pick the best in each category.
This is because multiple features of every product play a part in its ability to contribute to sound clarity. These include:
- Product type;
- High fidelity reproduction;
- Tuning; and
- The expertise that went into designing and constructing it.
Failing to acknowledge each of these aspects and how they will impact your sound clarity can deliver a non-synergistic outcome, and leave you with a system that is a waste of time and money.
Step Two: Get personal
Anyone who has listened to music knows that is more than just sound. Music has the ability to move you – both physically and emotionally.
This experience is universal, but the way music affects you, and what type of music speaks to you, is individual to each person who experiences it. Therefore, clarity is not only about the products you use but about your personal preferences and environment.
To ensure the sound clarity of your products fits with the music you’ll be playing, and the sound experience you’re chasing, there are a few things you should consider:
- Where will your sound system be placed in the room?
- How big is the room, and what acoustics are present?
- What type of music will you be listening to most often?
It can pay to familiarise yourself with the natural sound of the instruments or voices of your preferred music, and use them as a reference when listening for clarity.
If however you have no ability to reference your potential Hi-Fi system purchase with natural instruments, at least make sure you take along your preferred music to the store, so that you can try different equipment with your specific musical preferences.
Step Three: Align your expectations and your budget
Generally speaking, price is reflective of quality and clarity. You can be pretty sure that the highest priced HiFi equipment will be the one to produce incredibly good sound clarity, however, these products can span into the hundreds of thousands of dollars range – so it is unlikely that you’ll be able to afford to go to a store and simply pick out the most expensive equipment.
Also, as previously mentioned, it is not always the ‘best’ equipment that works well together to provide the right sound for you.
HiFi is no doubt worth the investment, but you need to align your expectations to your budget to ensure you’re not left disappointed – or paying more than you need to.
- Set a budget range, but don’t limit yourself early on
- Do some research into cost options – HiFi is usually higher than many people think!
- Determine the standard of sound quality and clarity you’re chasing. Are you willing to spend more to reach it, or go a bit lower on quality to fit your budget?
Expertise: The finals step for perfect clarity
If you want to listen to music – not just in the background, but really listen – good sound clarity is a non-negotiable for your HiFi equipment.
These three steps will help set you up for achieving great sound clarity and a straightforward, cost-effective buying experience. But to bring it all together, you also need to engage expert HiFi assistance.
When buying HiFi, you should ensure you’re purchasing it from a HiFi specialist store. Unlike a ‘General Consumer Electronics’ or ‘Electrical Appliance’ store, they can provide you with:
- Expert advice and knowledge of each product and brand;
- The right facilities (including demonstration rooms) to try different products before purchase;
- A wide choice of the best HiFi products; and
- A similar appreciation and passion for music.
Tivoli HiFi has been helping music lovers find the perfect sound clarity for over 45 years. Our staff has expert knowledge, and our nine demonstration/showrooms are set up to mimic your own spaces, ensuring you get a trial experience that matches as closely as possible your home environment.
One of Tivoli Hi-Fi's 9 demonstration rooms