Stereo Sets

Stereo speaker sets for your connected home

Few things are as enjoyable as listening to your favorite playlist. A good stereo set is designed to ensure that your listening experience is consistent, crisp and works well in your living space. Here’s an overview of different things that can help in picking the right stereo set for your connected home.

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What is a stereo set?

Stereo sound, also known as stereophonic sound, is the reproduction of sound via two independent audio mediums. It mimics natural hearing to create the impression that sound can be heard from different directions. Mono (monophonic) sound on the other hand, is audio produced from a single channel. Stereo sound has increasingly replaced mono sound, due to the difference in audio quality between the two.

What are the different components of a stereo system?

Traditionally, a home stereo system typically includes three main ingredients:

  • Stereo receiver or amplifier: Generally, a stereo receiver combines an AM/FM radio tuner to a two-channel amplifier and a pre-amp section. Monitoring features such as source selection, volume and sound balance are done by the pre--amp section. Amplifiers are similar to receivers but without the radio functionality.
  • A pair of speakers: An identical pair of speakers - essential for creating a stereo sound setup for your connected home.
  • One or more music sources: Simply put, a music source is an external source, that allows for playback. This could be a turntable, the built-in AM/FM tuner of a receiver, a smartphone or even your WiFi connection.

For a quick and hassle-free sound setup, try an active stereo system instead.

Active vs. passive stereo systems

Active speakers, also known as powered speakers, are designed with a built-in amplifier. Some of these speakers need to be plugged in to a mains power outlet, whilst others have built-in batteries which allow them to operate wirelessly. Passive speakers require an external power amplifier for playback.

Active speakers, also known as powered speakers, are designed with a built-in amplifier. Some of these speakers need to be plugged in to a mains power outlet, whilst others have built-in batteries which allow them to operate wirelessly. Passive speakers require an external power amplifier for playback.

How do I connect my stereo set?

Smart stereo sets are being constantly developed to offer a variety of connectivity options. Depending on your sound needs, here are a few ways to set up a stereo set in your connected home.

  • Wireless multi-room audio: Some stereo sets are equipped with wireless platforms like MusicCast, DTS Play-Fi and SONOS, so you can play music wirelessly.
  • Ethernet or WiFi: Stereo sets can also connect directly to your home WiFi network to play music from popular music streaming platforms.
  • Bluetooth: If a stereo set has Bluetooth included, sit back and enjoy wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones or tablets.
  • USB: If your pair of speakers have a USB port, you can easily plug it in to access content from flash drives or hard drives.

Where to place stereo sets in your smart home

Depending on your living space and indoor acoustics, a stereo set can be placed in different rooms. The placement and positioning of stereo speakers directly impacts the sound playback and the overall performance of your stereo set. So before you choose a spot for your speakers, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Furniture placement: Ensure that your chairs or couch are placed at the same distance between your two speakers. Simply put, the chair/couch and the two speakers must form an equal-sided triangle. This will significantly enhance the sound playback quality of your stereo system.
  • Directed sound: It's also advisable that you angle the stereo speakers inwards, facing towards you. This creates a much more focused sound.
  • Potential obstacles: Check for possible obstructions in the room that you wish to place the stereo set in. Avoid put the speakers too close to, or facing the walls. This ensures that sound doesn’t get reflected off of walls and other surfaces, to bring you a crisp and clear performance.