Active Vs. Passive: Which Type of Speaker Is Best for Two-Channel Audio?

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Learn the pros and cons of each before making a final decision

The quality of active versus passive speakers for two-channel audio systems is a long-running debate among passionate audiophiles. And like most debates over the performance assessment of one type of speaker compared to another, there is no “right” answer.

The best type of speaker for your Morris County, NJ, home audio system depends on many factors, including space constraints, music preferences, and specific system needs. Let’s look at the pros, cons, and best-practice usages for active and passive hi-fi speakers.

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2 Hi-Fi Speaker Types for High Performance Audio Systems

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We’ll help you choose the right pair of speakers for your hi-fi setup at home

It probably goes without saying, but speakers are one of the most important (if not the most important) components of a high performance audio system. Before choosing the right pair for your setup at home, it helps to understand the types of speakers available.

In the blog post below, we’ll outline the two primary design models for hi-fi speakers and explain the most practical uses for each. We hope our guide helps point you in the right direction for your Bergen County, NJ, home audio system!

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See What We Have to Offer in Our State-of-the-Art Hi-Fi Showroom

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Listen to a selection of hi-fi audio systems to find the perfect fit for your home

Your journey to a high-quality home audio system starts in our hi-fi showroom in Bergen County, NJ. Our experts have spent years designing and installing high-fidelity two-channel, whole house, private listening room, and home theater systems for homes just like yours. When you visit our audio store, you’ll have the chance to speak with our team, browse our selection, and demo sound systems for yourself.

Keep reading to learn more about a few of the hi-fi brands on display in our state-of-the-art showroom.   

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How to Approach Buying a Hi-Fi Audio System for Your Home

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Keep these considerations in mind as you’re shopping around

A hi-fi sound system can bring more joy, depth, and vibrancy to the way you listen to your favorite music. It’s an exciting purchase for your Bergen County, NJ, home and one that you shouldn’t make rashly. Before sinking an investment into expensive custom electronics, take the time to do your research, consult the experts at a hi-fi audio store, and determine what you need to build the sound system of your dreams.

If you’re ready to start, read on to learn four considerations to keep top of mind as you approach a purchasing decision.

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Meridian Audio: The Pioneers of High-Resolution Sound

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Take a closer look at Meridian Audio’s hi-fi systems for exceptional home audio

Meridian Audio was founded in 1977 and was among the first audio manufacturers to introduce high-end active loudspeakers to the market. Meridian is also credited with designing and releasing the first audiophile-quality CD player and first digital sound processor.

Since its founding, Meridian has wowed audiophiles in Westchester, NY and worldwide with home cinema and hi-fi systems that deliver sound in exceptionally rich detail and clarity. In particular, Meridian active loudspeakers with digital signal processing (DSP) are revered for processing and transmitting audio signals with unmatched fidelity.

Keep reading to learn more about Meridian’s DSP loudspeakers.  

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It’s Time to Stop Believing These 3 Hi-Fi Speaker Misconceptions

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Let’s unpack some common myths people hear about high-fidelity speakers

High-fidelity speakers are the centerpiece of any hi-fi audio system. There’s a reason music fans and audiophiles skip off-the-shelf speakers in big box stores and turn instead to audio industry leaders like Bowers & Wilkins, Meridian, Anthem, and McIntosh to build out a stellar sound system at home. Hi-fi brands like the ones listed above design their speakers with high-quality materials and sound engineering techniques crafted to draw out the best listening experience from your music.

While there’s a lot of hype about hi-fi speakers, there are also many misconceptions floating around. If you’re considering an investment in hi-fi audio for your Westchester, NY home, make sure you’re not making decisions based on the following myths. Keep reading to learn the facts.

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6 Tips for Optimal Placement of Your Hi-Fi Speakers

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Proper speaker positioning has a dramatic effect on overall sound quality

When a hi-fi audio system isn’t delivering the quality you expected, you may be quick to blame the system components. But if you’ve selected high-performance speakers, purchased a robust power amp, and carved out a dedicated listening space in your Westchester, NY home, perhaps the problem is something else.

All too often, homeowners overlook the importance of correct speaker positioning in their hi-fi setup. While every system is different, we have some general guidelines you can follow to ensure your speakers are in place to deliver the best listening experience possible. Keep reading for our six tips!

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3 Factors That Have the Biggest Impact on Hi-Fi Sound Quality

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Turn your focus to these areas to coax the best sound from your system

Most people invest in a hi-fi sound system to listen to music the way it was meant to be heard in the recording studio. But getting to that point requires more than unboxing a pair of speakers, plugging them in, and blasting music through them.

A hi-fi audio setup requires strategic design and installation to achieve optimal sound quality in your Passaic, NJ, home. Below, we’ve outlined the three factors that make the biggest difference when it comes to the performance of your hi-fi system.

 

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Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions About Hi-Fi Audio

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Is hi-fi sound worth the hype? Find out here. 

You’ve probably heard the term “hi-fi” or “high-fidelity” being tossed around in conversations about audio systems. And if you don’t fully understand what the term means, you may think it is just a marketing buzzword that electronic sellers use to encourage homeowners to buy a home audio system. 

But hi-fi is not an empty phrase. A hi-fi sound system delivers the highest-quality sound and overall best listening experience in your Morris County, NJ, home. At Electronic Concepts, we field many questions about hi-fi sound, so we have compiled the answers to commonly asked queries here. Keep reading to learn more!  

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