How to Match Receivers & Speakers

by Nichole Liandi

If you appreciate good sound in your home, you know how important the combination of a good set of speakers and a good receiver is -- it's at the heart of your audio system. To make sure you get a combination that'll give you everything you're looking for, keep these tips in mind.

Match power ratings. Receivers will have a specified maximum power output, and speakers will have a specified maximum power handling level. It's important that the power handling of the speakers not be exceed by the potential power output of the receiver. If it does, it's possible that the speakers could be damaged when the receiver is operated at high volume for lengthy periods. These specs are readily available, whether you're buying speakers online, through a catalog or at a store.

Consider speaker efficiency. If your receiver is relatively low-powered, consider speakers that boast a high efficiency rating. They'll produce more sound compared to speakers with a low efficiency. Efficiency specifications are published for almost all types of speakers.

Get enough speakers to handle the job. It may seem like common sense, but it wasn't that long ago that when you bought speakers you bought a pair of speakers for stereo output. Now, with 5.1 and 7.1 surround-sound systems, you have a lot more choices. If you're buying a home theater receiver for surround sound, consider a matched set of speakers designed to work together and with that type of receiver.

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About the Author

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.