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Speaker Systems

Sound Components has what we consider the best selection of high performance speakers just about anywhere in the country. With so many different environments that people need to place speakers in, we have all the bases covered to be able to provide the best solution for any environment. Below is a quick tutorial on the different types of speakers that are out there and how they put the sound out into the room:

Dynamic driver speakers

The vast majority of speakers on the market fit into this category. When you remove the grill for a dynamic speaker, you will see woofers, mid range drivers and tweeters. B&W and Paradigm are 2 of our vendors that specialize in this category. Dynamic speakers tend to be capable of doing most all things well, and are capable of very high output. They are available as bookshelf speakers to large floor standers, and in price ranges from $200/pair on up to over $225,000. Dynamic driver speakers are offered in floor standing, bookshelf, on wall, in wall and in ceiling.

Thin Film Element Speakers

We have grouped a few different categories together here – electrostaic, planar magnetic and ribbon. Basically any speaker with a thin film element used as its mid range and tweeter driver we are calling a thin film speaker. Some of our vendors that fit into this category are Martin Logan and Wisdom Audio. Golden Ear uses conventional drivers for the mid range and woofers, and a thin film element for the tweeter. This technology has tremendous detail and resolution as the thin film element is extremely light and can start and stop very quickly, but sometimes can sacrifice output compared to the best dynamic speakers.

Line Source or Point Source Radiators?

The way the speaker puts the sound into the room matters. Most traditional speakers are point source radiators – meaning that their theory of operation is that all the sound will emanate from a single point in space and then move out into the room. Think of a pebble dropping into a pond – the rings that move out from the point of impact – that’s like a point source speaker. This can provide excellent imaging and placement, but can also induce reflections from the floor and ceiling. Line Source speakers operate on a different principal. The sound comes off in a vertical line with virtually no high frequencies going above or below the line,¬† which virtually eliminates floor and ceiling reflections. In addition, line sources tend to be more uniform as far as volume throughout the room. Most line source speakers also use a conventional dynamic woofer for the lowest frequencies. There is no such thing as a very small line source though, as the entire speaker needs to be at least 4 feet high to make it work properly.

In Wall, In Ceiling or In the room?

Great sound can be had from any one of the above, and we have them all on display in our store. However, if you are concerned with realistic imaging and placement, you should go with in room or in the wall. Historically, only in room speakers could be taken seriously by audiophiles, however, recently that has changed. Sound Components is at the forefront of working with new emerging  technologies in the speaker world, and is capable of offering amazing performance from in wall systems and even in ceiling. Stop by our store to be amazed at what is possible from all of the great speaker technologies out there today.