Hi-Fi Homewares Guide

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.

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