How to Test the Mettle of Your High-End Audio Speakers

How to Test the Mettle of Your High-End Audio Speakers

These 6 Songs Can Give any System a Sonic Workout Those of you with an audio obsession – often referred to as audiophiles – you are always on a quest for the perfect sound quality. Of course, you probably know it, but it’s more of a journey than a destination. There’s always some new amplifier, speaker, turntable, or piece of equipment that takes things up another notch, right? There’s nothing wrong with your obsession. It’s what makes audiophilia a fun, if sometimes expensive, hobby. And isn’t it fun to hear your favorite music reproduced with the kind of impact and presence as if the artist or band is right there in the room playing just for you? Most likely, when you audition new speakers you might want to buy, you have some go-to music that you know well that helps you evaluate how that new component will perform. That’s an excellent way to see if the new equipment will move the needle for you. Along that line, we’d like to suggest some songs that can help you evaluate your next high-end audio upgrade for your Chicago home. These were chosen for the way they push the envelope of a speaker and system’s capabilities. Ready to test these out? Let’s go! SEE ALSO: Elevate the Listening Experience on Your High-End Audio System   The Line on Bass Bass is important. We know, so much of today’s pop and rock music tends to be “all about that bass.” We won’t even mention rap and hip-hop; it couldn’t exist without bass. Nevertheless, even if you love listening to classical music all day...
Elevate the Listening Experience on Your High-End Audio System

Elevate the Listening Experience on Your High-End Audio System

New Lossless and High-Resolution Streaming Services Raise the Bar for Digital Music Sound Quality To some audiophiles, streaming music has had a bad connotation. In large part, it has to do with services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music all using compressed audio formats for streaming to devices like mobile phones. Some audio purists only want to listen to lossless music or the warm analog sound of vinyl records. You can’t blame audiophiles for eschewing compressed music. They spend many thousands of dollars on their high-end audio systems, and good equipment exposes all the warts in heavily compressed music. If you’re a high-end audio enthusiast in Lincoln Park, IL, you want your system to sound as good as possible. But there’s no denying the convenience of being able to call up most of the world’s recorded music with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Fortunately, after years of focusing on interfaces and easy access at the expense of audio quality, there is a return to the pursuit of better sound with digital music. Music services like Tidal, Amazon Music HD, and Qobuz are leading the way with lossless and high-resolution music, available for easy streaming. If you’re still digging through racks of CDs, you may want to keep reading! SEE ALSO: 3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System Lossless Streaming Music streaming, like downloads, started with compression for a simple reason. When digital music on computers began in the mid-1990s, storage space and internet bandwidth were at a premium. Today, with fast internet that streams 4K video and seemingly unlimited cheap storage in many devices, lossless...
What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest?

What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest?

Enrich Your Lincoln Park Home with High-End Audio from Meridian When it comes to high-end audio, Meridian has an exceptional reputation as the manufacturer of sophisticated, impeccably designed loudspeakers that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the ear. At our recent Technology & Design Expo, we used Meridian loudspeakers to fill the Pella showroom in the Merchandise Mart with sound, and it was remarkable how much power and clarity two loudspeakers could deliver. That showroom is probably much larger than any room in your Lincoln Park home or condominium, so imagine how much more full your music, TV shows, and movies would sound with Meridian loudspeakers enveloping you in an exceptional auditory experience. Keep reading to find out why Meridian is one of our trusted brand partners for high-end audio systems. SEE ALSO: Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo Advanced Technology Creates Lifelike Sound Digital Signal Processing is at the core of Meridian’s technology, allowing for precise reproduction of audio signals that eliminates the inevitable noise and degradation of analog circuitry. Amplifiers and DACs are traditionally separate components connected to the speakers through cables, but Meridian brings all of these elements together to keep sound in its pure digital form for as long as possible. Enhanced Bass Alignment digitally realigns the bass to remove sound blur, and turns the usual left/right stereo setup into an immersive 3D soundstage that will have you hearing new details in your favorite tracks. You’ll feel like you’re sitting right in the studio with the musicians, and the best way to truly understand the difference is to experience...
High-End Audio Solutions to Watch for This Year

High-End Audio Solutions to Watch for This Year

Bring Quality Sound to Your Home with the Right Technology If you love music but could do without fighting the crowds of a live show, why not recreate the sound of a beautiful performance right at home? With the right high-end audio upgrades, you can create your own personal audio oasis. Luckily, a few of our premier brands are helping lead trends in the audio-product world. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the audio technology trends to incorporate into your home. See Also: 3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System   Immersive Audio in Soundbars Soundbars are popular for their size, ease of use, and flexibility in incorporating them into your room’s design. If you change your mind and want to rearrange, soundbars make that easy, without sacrificing sound quality or aesthetic. In fact, one of our premier brands, Leon Speakers, offers custom-made soundbars to match the exact width and finish of any television. The sleek design is paired with a powerful audio experience, so while the soundbar may visually blend into the interior design, the sound will make a strong impact. Wherever your soundbar is positioned, clear, precise audio will fill the room so that you experience the same high-end audio quality no matter where you are. This way, when you have friends over to watch a movie, or if you’re just enjoying music on a day in, you don’t have to worry about the sound quality diminishing just because you’re sitting in a different seat. Diverse Speaker Designs  Gone are the days when you would have to choose between an aesthetically-pleasing design and superior technology....
3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System

3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System

For the Best Music Experience, You Need the Right System Where do you draw the line between a standard sound system and a high-performance audio system? Here at Barrett’s Technology Solutions, we’ve designed many high-end audio systems for luxury homes, and while each system is fully custom, there are a few characteristics that are true across the board for each one. If you have been considering adding an audio system to your Chicago, Illinois home, then read on to learn about what’s most important. Characteristic One: Uncompromising Sound Quality In recent years, many audio brands have done studies to answer the age-old question: “does high-end audio actually sound better than entry-level systems?” These studies usually employ one of two testing methods. The first is an audio fidelity test, which compares how closely the audio signals coming from the speakers match the original recording. The second test is simply to have people listen to music “blind” from different audio systems and ask them which system sounded better. The result from these tests was clear. High-end systems get much closer to the original sound quality than entry-level systems do, and when listening to each system blind, people definitely prefer the high-performance speakers. So how do you know if a speaker is truly high-end? The quality of sound boils down to the type of material, design of the speaker, and care that goes into the manufacturing process. Entry-level speakers are designed to be easy and cost-effective to mass produce, not sound great. They often rely on materials that are readily available but don’t accommodate the best transfer of audio signals. But one...