Computer tech, phones, hi-fi equipment, and speakers – these things can cost as much as a car or house repayment, but we often just jump right in and seal the deal before fully understanding what we’ve just bought.

How much homework are you doing before going to find the best speakers? According to you, which are the best speakers? Whose advice will you trust on the best speakers?

If you’re feeling a bit clueless, relax. There’s so much out there at the moment, and brilliant brands at that!

Some Things to Think About Before Rushing off to Buy “the Best Speakers”:

• You want an awesome home theatre/entertainment setup. That’s fine, but remember that you don’t need massive speakers or a thumping surround system to get amazing sound. People still tend to associate powerful sound with the size of the speaker when it comes to home theatres, but things have changed and in “speakerland”, less really is more these days.

• Consider what you want to use the speakers for. If music is your passion and you like to have sound blow your hair back, one pair of good speakers will do it – perhaps something from the “speaker specialists” Polk’s Signature Series, like the RTi A9 floorstanding speakers. Their proprietary curved enclosure design creates the optimal shear damping for a more rigid, acoustically inert enclosure and minimal cabinet resonances.

• Soundbars are great for ramping up your TV sound for movie watching in a home entertainment room. Combine this with a wireless subwoofer and you’re in home theatre heaven (and annoying the neighbour’s no doubt). All the big players – Denon, Definitive Technology, Klipsch, Polk, etc. – have great options to suit every pocket.

• How big is your home theatre space? Check it out properly before buying speakers. Small, boxy rooms don’t make good homes for large speakers and small speakers will just be lost in big rooms. What you want out of home theatre sound is lifelike, seamless, and immersive sound. Keep that in mind and discuss the options with the right people. Experts will have to take certain factors into account in order to advise you on the best speakers.

These are just some of the things to throw around in conversation with someone in the know. It’s easy enough to turn a living area into a home theatre, but you also need to think about how the sound is going to be experienced in the room. A good test is to stand in the middle of the room and clap your hands. If you hear an echo, this is what you’re speakers will be doing too. A final thing to think about is what else is in the space that you’re setting the home theatre up in. You want the speakers to complement the furniture and décor pieces you already have there, not fight with them.

Big brands like Klipsch have you covered with their Heritage, Reference, and Reference Premiere ranges of speakers. Let us help you (really) find the best speakers.