How's Your Audio Setup?

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People didn't always listen to music on Spotify. They'd lug out their gramophone and lovingly place it in the center of their canoe to take an afternoon tour around the lake while listening to their favorite records. Can you imagine taking your gramophone out on the lake?

Listening to music has come a long way, from punched paper rolled through a player piano to 8-Track tapes, to vinyl, to MP3's. We've all experienced music in different ways, played on different forms of technology. 

We have one thing in common though. We want a sound system that fits our needs. I love my gramophone as much as the next person, but man is it loud!

It can be a daunting task to set up the best audio experience, especially if you're starting out. Speaker specs, proper placement, getting the best bang for your buck. All these can make your head spin. So let's look at the easiest ways to get your music playing.

With so many options on how to enjoy music, where do you start when picking out speakers? 

Here are a few questions to consider:

  • What do you primarily listen to?
    • Is vinyl your passion?
    • Do you rock out to the latest Spotify playlist?
    • Is watching the newest Netflix special your jam? 
  • How big is your house?
    • Are you trying to fill your apartment with sound?
    • Is your desktop setup in need of some tunes?
    • Does your home theatre need more bass? 
  • Are you looking for an all-one-setup or will you be using the speakers for only one purpose?

Once you've figured out your needs, figure out what sort of connectivity you'll need.

If you've got a bookshelf full of vinyl, a speaker with a built-in phono preamp will help eliminate extra hardware from your set up. If your turntable doesn't have a built-in phono preamp, your speakers can save you the hassle of buying an external phono preamp.

But say you've also got a Spotify playlist that could rival the highest played list of all time? You'd need Bluetooth connectivity to stream like the rest of them.

And what about hooking up your TV to your new speakers? An optical input is all you. If you want to hear more bass, make sure your speakers have a sub out for a subwoofer.

Finding speakers that do all of this and look good can be tricky. Finding ones that can fill a room or your entire 500 sqft apartment can actually be easy. 

Speakers come with a lot of specs and if you're not an audiophile who is familiar with these specs, take a look at the wattage the speakers put out. Generally speaking, the higher the wattage, the louder the speakers can get.

However, loudness isn't always great. Make sure the speakers aren't too loud for the space you're in-- you don't want to drown out the amazing music you want to play! Around 140 watts is good for a smaller living area; less is fine for bedrooms and offices.

Where to look next? 

We've featured Kanto speakers before because they come packed with inputs that suit all of these needs.

YU4, YU6, and the newly released SYD all come with a built-in phono preamp, perfect for vinyl enthusiasts. You can stream music using Bluetooth, and you can hook up your TV with an optical input. The sub out lets you add more bass with a subwoofer.

YU2's are the perfect addition to your desk set up. Use the 3.5mm mini-jack input to listen to tunes on your phone or hook them up to your laptop or PC. They also have a sub out for extra bass. S2 stands will make sure the music is hitting your ears at the right angle.

We think they look pretty good too.

 

Already have your audio set up perfected? But you're overwhelmed with the thought of picking a turntable? Check out our turntable shoppers guide here!

Ally Lindell