Any stereo system requires a good speaker setup. Audio speakers are the single determinant that makes the difference between an average sound system and a great sound system. While there is a common misconception that expensive speakers are the best ones, it's not necessarily the case. There are a lot of factors that go behind a home speaker along with the brand value. With that said, here is a detailed buying guide on home speakers along with suggested models at different price points in Bangladesh.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Home Speaker
Quality of Sound
The sound quality or sound preference is a completely personal thing. Some prefer clarity while others are bass heads. The best way to judge a sound system is to test it out with familiar music. Bring along a playlist and test it out at different volume levels. Check for the treble and overall pleasantness to the ear.
Another good measure would be to check out the sounds at different bit rates. Simply play songs ranging from 128 kbps to 320 kbps to see how the speakers perform at different bit levels.
Much of the sound output depends on the size and type of the speaker. Over the years, home audio has had a long evolution. Nowadays, there are options ranging from floor standing, subwoofer, bar, bookshelf and in-wall speakers. Granted each of these has its own unique offerings but not all of them are best for home surround sound.
Bar speakers work best as a supporting speaker for monitors and TVs while the in-wall speakers require extensive installation procedures. Subwoofers also aren’t great standalone performers as they work best combined with a satellite-type speaker.
The ideal choice is floor standing and a bookshelf for home. They provide the best range while preserving clarity and bass. But it has its issues as well as it tends to take up floor space.
The in-wall speakers are the overall best choice as they are discreet and don’t interfere with the layout. But we will exclude them from the list as they run a high cost and specialized setup requirements which aren’t often possible from a Bangladeshi context.
The size of the room and its contents plays a huge role in the performance of the sound systems. For example, a satellite speaker with additional sub-woofers works best for a spread-out room with acoustic barriers like furniture, mats, and cushions.
But for a small room with a minimal acoustic barrier, floor standing and bookshelf will provide the best performance. The key thing here is sound propagation. Sound travels in a horizontal line. If there are barriers, it's best to settle for overhead speakers. If not, go for any standard speaker options.
Every speaker requires a specified range of power output to perform at an optimum level. It generally ranges from anywhere between 30 watts to 100 watts. Anything less and more than that will result in muffled performance. It might also harm the speaker in the long run.
A pro tip for surround sound setup is to use the same brand and same model of speakers. It will ensure an equivalent performance and won't end up distorting the sound.
This is the last thing to ensure for a perfect-sounding home speaker. Tuning can be of two types – physical and acoustic. Test and find the best place where the speakers provide the best performance. In addition to that, play with the tuners to get the desired sound output.
Best Home Speakers at Different Price Range
Below are some of the best home audio speakers at different price ranges currently available in Bangladesh.
Top Home Audio Speakers Under 3000
Havit SK755BT Bluetooth Speaker
Looking for a funky Bluetooth home speaker? The Havit SK755BT can be a perfect choice. It’s a Bluetooth speaker with a combined battery time of 30 hours in each of the speakers. The speakers are lightweight and are easily portable depending on the setup. In addition to Bluetooth, users can also use an aux cable for stationary use.
- USB and 3.5 m plug-in option
- 52 mm driver
- 60 Hz to 20 KHz response
- Priced at 1,550 BDT
DigitalX X-Lab Multimedia Speaker
The DigitalX multimedia home speaker can be the perfect choice as a standalone stereo speaker. It comes with two supporting speakers along with the main subwoofer. The remote controller also comes in handy for external controls.
- 4-inch subwoofer for high dynamic sound
- Aux in and Bluetooth option
- 100 Hz to 18 KHz range
- Priced at 2,000 BDT
Xtreme Phantom 2:1 Multimedia Speaker
The Xtreme Phantom provides some of the best clarity and sound separation in the sub 3000 range. In addition to that, the speaker has a distortion of less than 0.5% which enhances the experience even further. The main sub-woofer is complemented by two 2.5-inch speakers making it ideal for a TV or PC setup.
- White noise reduction
- Clarity at high volume
- 4-inch subwoofer
- Priced at 2,900 BDT