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Passive speakers connect to a receiver or amplifier. These include large floor-standing speakers, smaller bookshelf speakers, and center channel speakers for home theater.
There are also several kinds of powered speakers, which don't need a receiver or amp. These include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers for playing music from your phone or online services, and powered stereo speakers that come in pairs.
Everyone's ears are different, so evaluating speakers for different types of music is subjective. Fortunately, Crutchfield's Speaker Compare technology lets you audition a wide range of speakers online, using your own music so you can get an accurate comparison. Give it a try today!
Not necessarily. Floor-standing speakers use their combination of larger drivers and spacious cabinet volumes to produce full-range sound with great bass. But they are not the only way to go. A pair of smaller bookshelf speakers with a subwoofer might be a good fit for your room. Or you might use floor-standers as front left/right speakers in a surround sound setup with bookshelves as the surrounds.
You'll see a recommended power range listed on individual speaker pages. This gives you a sense of how strong your amp should be. Another spec to consider is sensitivity: the lower the number, the more power the speakers need to play at a given volume. Giving your speakers more power not only lets you play them louder, it helps them render music and voices with greater detail.
Good speakers will sound good no matter what you play through them, including music and movie soundtracks. If you're putting together a home theater system, it's common to use that same system for playing music as well as movies. Many home speakers are designed to work as part of a "voice-matched" surround sound system, which helps keep the sound consistent throughout your room.
What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.
What are the best surround sound speakers for your home? The answer largely depends on the size of your room. This guide walks you through how to build a well-matched home theater system. Learn the role that each speaker plays, along with tips for choosing the right ones for your system.
Everything you need to know to decide whether you should choose Klipsch or Polk speakers for your home audio or home theater system.
Stereo speakers from Bowers & Wilkins, MartinLogan, ELAC, and Definitive Technology, KEF, Klipsch, ELAC, and Polk Audio are among our best picks for 2020. Learn why we love them, and read testimonials from our happy customers.
How to position your speakers in 5.1, 7.1 and other surround sound setups.
Setting up your speakers for their best musical performance may take a little extra time, but can go a long way toward enhancing your long-term satisfaction.
Tips on how to choose the right stereo speakers for your home. What size should you get? How much should you spend? How should you position them?
Find out how your room affects your speakers' sound. Then get some tips on locating and treating your room's trouble spots.
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