|1) The room is a huge part of the sound and roughly represents 1/3 of the sound quality of any system. From the room measurements, we can get a good idea of what were working with and how to best approach your speaker selection. A smaller room is very different than a larger room in the loading characteristics. Speakers should be carefully chosen to properly load the room.
Their are many competing designs which include a wide variety of different technologies. These factors result in trade offs and offer many unique and different flavors, styles, frequency ranges. Additionally one has to consider performance, budget, decorative and room placement issues.
Speakers are therefore usually the hardest part of the system to choose. We offer a wide verity of great speakers that can fill any need or desire and a complete line of sub woofers and in wall speakers.
2) All amplifiers sound different depending on the speaker's load. All speakers regardless of the nominal impedance have areas where the impedance deviates enough to make a difference. Additional needs from speakers are from sensitivity, amount of drivers and what I refer to as "David's law of cubic inches" (add up the total displacement of the speaker cone mass) more mass regardless of the sensitivity requires more dampening and power and is as important as the sensitivity for good sound.
The second step is amplification.
3) As Linn was famous for saying in the earlier days before CD's the source is the most important part of any system. This is still true today. If the information is not their at the beginning of the chain the information is lost.
*A lot of attention should be made to selection of the sources.
4) Audio is synergistic and the room, speakers, electronics, cables, stands, conditioning and often tweaks are all things that should be considered and discussed.
A superior dealer easily makes the sum of the chosen parts greater than the parts. A week or inexperienced dealer or lay person usually wastes money and never gets the performance one gets from a well designed system.
If you need help in picking cables, speakers, electronics, conditioners, stands parts or designing a system or room please call me in the showroom 310-472-8880 and or set up an appointment. Please note, proper design is best done on the phone on in person but simpler things and scheduling can be done by e-mail.