Loudspeakers come in all different shapes and sizes. There passive speakers, active speakers as well as wireless speakers. Choosing the right type of speaker can be difficult enough. However, correctly setting them up can be even more perplexing. Therefore, I have compiled this following guide which will help you in deciding on what type of speaker you require is well as how to set it up.
If you already have an amplifier then I would recommend you purchase some passive speakers. The number of speakers depends on how many channels of audio you require. For listening to music, two speakers are usually sufficient. However, for watching movies you might want to have between five and eight speakers. You don’t necessarily require wireless models because if the amplifier is close to the location of each speaker then you can simply connect them by using speaker cable. Depending on whether your power amplifier has speaker clamp or been and outputs, you might need to attach banana plugs to one side of the speaker cable. If the speaker themselves have banana inputs then you will also need banana plugs on the other end of the speaker cable. Before attaching the banana plugs, however, I recommend to layout all of the cables and placed the speakers into their position. That will ensure that the cable is long enough to go to each speaker.
If you don’t have a power amplifier then you can choose active speakers because they only half an amplifier built in. Those speakers are connected to your source by using standard audio cables such as RCA cable. However, I wouldn’t recommend long cable runs because you can easily pick up hum. If the cable is fairly long, make sure the shielding is of good quality in order to avoid stray signals from coupling into the audio signal. In order to avoid running long cables, you could also opt for wireless speakers. Those speakers work typically between 30 and 200 feet from your source. Bluetooth speakers are inexpensive but usually have fairly low wireless range. Other types of wireless speakers usually have a large out wireless range but are more expensive.
Regardless of which speaker you purchase, make sure that if the speaker has to be powered, the power connection is solid and ideally is filtered by a surge protector in order to protect your speakers. Don’t connect speakers to an amplifier which are unable to handle the amplifiers rated RMS wattage. If you do then you run the risk of blowing you speakers in case of the amplifier outputting more power than expected.