Big Speakers Vs. Small Speakers

by Brian Neese

When choosing between big and small speakers, there are a discernible number of pros and cons. Affordability, convenience, and performance are taken into account in the presentation of whether big or small speakers are better. Those in the market for speakers will find a number of drawbacks to either choice, which must be recognized for the potential consumer.

Small Speakers--Size

Small speakers' largest advantage is self-evident: its size. In the ultimate in terms of convenience, the small speaker can transform the stereo into a near surround sound experience, even in smaller places such as the bedroom With convenient wiring available, and even as wireless systems become more technologically advanced and available, small speakers remain the most convenient choice in terms of implications of size.

Small Speakers--Efficiency

Small speakers are also much more efficient when the power of larger speakers is not warranted. Instead of wasting the space of larger speakers when a higher-end system is not needed, from a place such as the bedroom to the primary home theater, the experience from the small speaker results is an efficient use of power, resulting in crisp and direct sound. This efficiency is normally carried over financially as well.

Large Speakers--Audio Nature

Large speakers make up for the drawbacks of size, efficiency, and usually price by their superior audio performance. While smaller speakers create the perception of a larger stage--the fullness of sound--larger speakers create this reality in the superior audio nature. This direct characteristic of larger speakers with regards to power is the most impressive attribute, and creates a dynamic and realistic listening experience.

Large Speakers--Subwoofer

Larger speakers usually contain at least one tweeter and smaller speakers don't. Smaller speakers make this up by producing an accompanying subwoofer, which is priced extra, to help with the larger sounds it cannot produced in its limited power. Consequently highs, as well as lows, in the sound are strained and do not sound as natural as larger speakers After all, sound quality is surely compromised when a large amount of sound is produced from the subwoofer and not the speakers themselves. A subwoofer is designed to provide bass audio frequencies, not make up for the limited power of a primary home audio speaker that is undersized.

Considerations

The most important things to keep in mind is how the buyer gauges the importance of these drawbacks. As the normally higher-priced larger speakers are better on the scale of sound quality that smaller speakers, those in the market should listen to both types of speakers to decide if the size and price is worth the extra money. Our listening is adaptable, and smaller speakers are definitely improving in quality, so these may be appropriate choices for efficiency in size and money.

About the Author

Brian Neese is a writer living in Rockford, Ill. He has a B.A. in philosophy from American Public University and is completing a M.Th. in systematic and philosophical theology from the University of Wales, Lampeter. Neese enjoys writing on a number of different levels, from the academic to applied environments.

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