Shannon helps de-mystify the process of buying a hi-fi system – what you need and what you don't.
Tips for buying a hi-fi system
- For starters, hi-fi means high fidelity, which means a true reproduction of a source, faithful to the original.
- You need to know what you want and how you will use the system.
- Know the décor you want to match with and whether you want the system to be a feature of the room or discreetly tucked away.
- Have a rough budget in mind but be flexible.
- Use your own music and some of the shop's music to audition equipment.
- Don't buy something just because it is cheap – remember most purchases are long term.
- If you are working to a tight budget, be careful not to over spend on electronics and leave very little for speakers.
- One of the biggest advantages of separate component Hi-Fi is that you can build your ideal system over time and keep it flexible.
- Professional installation of your equipment will enhance the integration of your system into your living space and maximise performance.