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...
Take Your Home Theater to the Next Level

Take Your Home Theater to the Next Level

Upgrade Your Home Theater Installation with the Best in Seating, Projection, and Audio We’ve all spent much more time at home than ever. Fortunately, as the health situation slowly improves in Chicagoland and across Illinois, we are starting to get back to some level of normalcy. That said, no doubt you have depended on home entertainment to provide a much-needed mental break. If you have a home theater or media room, it’s probably gotten a workout lately. With all the time you may have been spending in your home theater, you might be dreaming about some ways you could enhance it. Perhaps a larger screen and sharper projector for more cinematic visuals? Bigger, bolder sound that truly immerses you in the show? Or maybe even more luxurious seating that makes you never want to leave your home theater? If any of those have crossed your mind lately, we have some excellent suggestions for upgrading your home theater installation in Naperville. Read on to see some of our favorites. SEE ALSO: Discover the Wonders of a Smart Home Theater   Sony Projectors The first thing you think about in home theaters is likely the picture and screen. Bigger is mostly better, as long as the seating distance from the screen fits the screen size and room parameters. But picture quality is paramount too, as you want a sharp, vibrant picture no matter what content you’re watching, from cable TV to Netflix to movies from Blu-ray discs. No matter your setup, you cannot go wrong with Sony projectors. The Sony ES projector line is filled with state-of-the-art features and technology. Features...