Want to Add Some Oomph to Your Home Stereo? Consider an Audio Amplifier
If you are building a home audio system, then you clearly care about great sound. One of the ways to ensure you get the biggest and baddest sound is to add an audio amplifier into your mix.
Sure, you certainly don’t need an amp. After all, most home audio systems already come with decent power. But an amp will ensure you get room-filling, ceiling-shaking sound every time you turn on your system. Here are a few things to consider.
All-In-One or One-Plus-One
The first thing to consider is how much space you have. Do you have room for a separate amplifier that can sit on top of or next to a receiver, or is space at a premium? If it is the latter case, then you will want to consider a stereo music audio receiver with an integrated amp amplifier; this gives you the best of both worlds — a receiver and an amp — in a single unit. If on the other hand, space is not at a premium, then you would do well to get a stereo receiver and a separate amp. That way you can tailor both components to your aesthetic and audio needs.
Aesthetics Add to the Audio Experience
The focus of a home audio system is, of course, the music. But the aesthetics of a system can certainly add, or detract, from the experience of enjoying the setup. Depending on your tastes, there are a few key areas of choice to consider.
Don’t want to see the amp? There are plenty of amplifiers that can be hidden away out of sight. These still do their job, but they do so while remaining all but hidden.
Looking to rack up some musical credentials? There are amps that are specifically designed to be integrated into an audio rack. Such amplifiers have “wings” on each side with holes cut into them so screws can be added to secure the unit to the rack.
Want to leave your music on a shelf? There are amplifiers that are self-contained boxes of audio goodness, designed to sit on a media cabinet shelf. They can sit on their own or, if there is room available, they can sit on top or just beneath, the audio receiver.
Feeling a bit retro? There are even audio amplifiers that have visible vacuum tubes. Some claim that tube amplifiers deliver warmer sound. That may or may not be the case, but one thing is for sure, they look amazing.
Speakers, Headphones or Both
Another key consideration comes from asking yourself how you plan to listen to the music produced. While some amplifiers are designed to let you listen through speakers, others have the ability to let you listen through speakers or, during more private listening sessions, through headphones.
We highly recommend getting an amp that works with both, since it gives maximum flexibility. Even if you don’t plan on using high-end headphones that require an amp, having one available now may be something for which you are grateful later.
It is also worth considering whether you might want to take the amplifier with you when you are on the road. This is obviously only the case if you plan to use headphones, but there are some amplifiers that are fairly mobile. They may not be as powerful or feature packed as the stay-at-home models but they offer unparalleled flexibility.
Dollars and Sense
The final consideration is, of course, budget. There are simple amplifiers that are surprisingly affordable. At the same time, there are amps that will cost you a pretty penny. Knowing what your budget is before you start looking can save you from disappointment or financial headaches.
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