Why do you need to get your hands on the best speakers for listening to vinyl?
As mentioned on the first page of this buying guide, you can equate good speakers to good running shoes. If you skimp on the speakers, you’re probably going to be disappointed and frustrated. If you skimp on running shoes, you’re likely to end up hurting, disappointed and headed back to the store in just a few weeks to purchase new ones. That’s why it’s so important that you do your research, save up if you have to, and make the best purchase that you are financially able to do so. Now, this isn’t to say that you need to break the bank or max out a credit card to get a great vinyl speaker. That’s actually not what we’re advising at all. We’re saying that you should get the best that you can afford. Whether that’s $100 or $1,000. Just make sure to manage your expectations. A $50 speaker isn’t going to perform as well or as long as a $500 speaker will.
With that being said, getting a speaker at all will enhance your listening experience. This is because your vinyl turntable’s built-in speakers aren’t capable of producing a full-body, room-filling sound that high-quality speakers can. Choosing speakers for your turntable isn’t an exact science, but the good news is that there’s an endless array of speakers to choose from.
A lot of people make the mistake of just looking at sound quality when they are shopping for speakers. While that’s important you should also consider the following:
- Space – Where will you be putting these speakers? How big (or small) will they need to be?
- Budget – You don’t need to be a millionaire to afford great speakers, but the size of your budget certainly plays a role in which products you select
- Flexibility – Maybe you need speakers that work with analog and digital music systems, or maybe you want speakers that come with a remote control.
By carefully weighing all of these options, you’re sure to find the perfect speaker for you and your vinyl collection.
What makes great speakers for a turntable?
A great vinyl powered speaker is going to have wired connection and sound quality that brings out the highest highs of your audio, clarifies the mid-range sounds and enhances the deepest lows of your bass notes.
Type and dimensions
There are many different types and dimensions of speakers. Don’t think that size necessarily matters though. Remember, our phones contain more technology than what massive computers contained years ago. With technology today, sometimes the highest power can come in small packages. This is good news for those who might not have the most space to fit huge speakers.
And, most speakers today come equipped with Bluetooth technology, making them versatile. The versatility factor also helps justify spending a lot of money on speakers, as you can use them to amplify many different types of sound.
Built-in amp and pre-amp
This category is all about personal preference. The main difference is that an integrated amp is a box that contains a built-in preamp and power amp. It does everything that a pre-amp can do without the need for two separate pieces of equipment and all their attendant wires and remotes. Good examples of such speakers on our list are Klipsch R-15PM and Kanto YU6.
This is something you definitely need to pay attention to. If a speaker doesn’t have the input you need for you to connect your turntable, don’t buy it. There are a wide variety of different inputs, so be sure to read carefully what input/output your specific turntable needs.
Like all electronic purchases, warranties vary greatly in length and what they cover. A typical warranty is around 2 years for speakers, but most stores and online sites offer the option of purchasing an extended warranty or care package. With most electronics, it’s good to err on the side of caution, unless you don’t really care about having to purchase new ones in the event of an accident.