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In this day and age, sound quality is very important when playing music. Hardly anyone wants to play their music only through the smartphone speaker. The right music system ensures good sound quality. Most systems are also capable of playing music from more than just one source. They often have several connection options. There are many different models of music systems, which differ in their design and possible uses. That's why we compared different models. Here you can find out what you should consider when buying a music system and how you can ultimately find the right model for you.




Summary

  • Music systems come in a wide variety of designs. They differ mainly in terms of the music sources they can use and their performance, i.e. the possible volume.
  • Music systems can be used in different settings. They are suitable for private use at home, but also for playing music at parties.
  • Music systems are available in different price categories. The difference is mainly in the performance of the respective systems. Of course, it also depends on what the system is to be used for.

The Best Music Systems: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for music systems

To make it easier for you to decide which music system to buy, we will now go over the most important criteria. This should help you to find the best music system for you. These criteria are as follows:

In the following, we will go into what the criteria are about and what you need to look out for in each criterion. This will help you make a well-informed purchase decision.

Music sources

Here it depends on which devices you want to use the music system for. That is, whether you want to play music from your mobile phone or from a CD. Maybe you want to connect the music system to a TV so that the sound is better. So the main thing you have to consider is how you want to use the stereo. Some stereos can be used with multiple music sources.

Power

The power of a music system is measured in watts. This wattage is decisive for the volume of the system. The higher the wattage, the louder the music system. Again, it depends on what you want to use the stereo for. If you plan to use it for parties, you should remember the following rule of thumb: You should calculate about 4 to 6 watts per person. This rule is not scientifically based, but it is a guide. So, for example, if you are planning a party with 50 people, the music system should have an output of about 250 watts. However, this is more important for large parties. If you only want to use the music system for your private pleasure, or in the context of a few friends, then you do not have to follow such a rule of thumb.

Cable length

Of course, you have to pay attention to the length of the cables of the respective music system. Depending on where you want to place the system, you will need a longer cable. So pay attention to the cable length so that you can place the music system in the place of your choice.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about music systems answered in detail

In the following section, we cover the most frequently asked questions about music systems. This should give you enough information to make the right choice when buying a music system.

For whom is a music system suitable?

Music systems are suitable for anyone who wants better sound quality. It doesn't matter if you want to connect it to your TV or computer, or if you want to play music from your mobile phone in better quality and louder. Music systems come in many different models. You can also choose one that lets you play old records. Or you can just listen to your CDs.

What types of stereos are there?

There are many types of stereos. The easiest way to tell them apart is by their music source. There are systems that you simply plug into another device, such as a TV or computer, and play the sound through that device.

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Not all music systems can play CDs. (Image source: Bru-nO/ Pixabay)

Other systems play music from different storage media. This means from a CD, a USB stick or even a mobile phone. However, you always need the right connection or the right compartment for this.

What does a music system cost?

The price of a music system is usually determined by the performance, the brand or the music source that can be used. Therefore, you can buy both low-priced and high-priced products. The following table should give you an overview of the price range of music systems:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (30 - 50 €) mostly only one music source, little power
Medium-priced (50 - 100 €) variety of music sources, radio function, integrated clock
High-priced (from 100 €) variety of music sources, mostly suitable for DJ use

Here you can already see that it is not absolutely necessary to go for the highest-priced products. Good products with a larger number of usable music sources are also available in the medium price range.

Where to put the music system?

Before buying, you should of course think about where you want to place the music system. To achieve the best possible sound, you should make sure that the speakers face into the room. So that the sound is not immediately swallowed up by the wall. If you place the speakers in a corner of the room so that they are turned into the room, you will get a good sound. You should make sure that they are always placed at the edge of the room, i.e. against the wall, and not in the middle of the room.

Conclusion

Music systems are suitable for many different situations. You can use them in a private setting, either to simply play music or to connect them to another device to improve the sound. However, there are also music systems that are suitable for larger parties. This requires a certain amount of power. You can get music systems at different prices. To get really good products, you don't necessarily have to go for high-priced products. You can often find music systems with several usable music sources in the middle price range. However, if you need the system for larger parties, you will usually find them in the higher price range.

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