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Home Audio Stereos & Components

Coming home from a long day at work, you take a seat in your favorite chair and turn on your stereo. Suddenly, life seems more manageable, and it may just have a little something to do with your favorite music pleasurably bombarding you from all directions. A home audio system is important: your home is your personal space, and everyone's personal space needs the right music to set the right mood. Whether you're hooking up the best stereo system available to play your music as it was meant to be heard, or attaching the right components to create a surround-sound system to go for that immersive movie experience, finding the right home audio equipment is an important undertaking.

Speakers: The Foundation of Home Audio

Having the correct speakers is the most important part of your home audio stereo system. If it's bass you're craving, make sure you have a powerful subwoofer setup to really make the room rumble. Make sure that you have at least two speakers for stereo sound, or more for surround sound. Don't forget the tweeters which cover the sounds on the higher range of the audio spectrum.

The Receiver: Making Magic Happen

Though commonly neglected, a receiver is what actually makes the sound happen. A combination of an amplifier and an AM/FM tuner, the receiver transmits your audio from the source to the speakers, and is therefore an important component of any home audio system.

Source: Playing Your Prefered Audio

When choosing the right components for your home audio stereo, don't forget about the source. This is what actually plays your music, whether it's a CD player, a turntable, or a television. Kick it old-school with a home audio cassette tape deck or go with something more modern like a dock for your MP3 player or phone.

Putting it all Together

For those who do not enjoy making a great deal of technological decisions, a pre-packaged system may be the way to go. These home audio stereo systems already come with all the components you need, including the amplifier and the various speakers you'll be setting up throughout the room. But for those who know what they want, setting up the audio components separately might be the best way to get the sound exactly how you want it.

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