Before you replace your stereo system, consider maximizing the sound quality of the speakers and components you have. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to get the best sound performance from your existing stereo system.
Consider Room Acoustics
Room acoustics is so important to getting the best sound that the room should be considered a system component. The sound produced by the speakers interacts with the room and its furnishings and affects the ultimate sound you hear. Rooms with highly reflective or hard surfaces such as glass are generally not the best.
Place Speakers Correctly
After identifying and correcting room acoustic problems, make sure the stereo speakers are placed correctly. Correct speaker placement is free and only takes a little time and patience. Here are some simple methods for placing stereo speakers.
Bi-Wire Speakers if Possible
Bi-wiring speakers is a good way to improve sound quality and it's inexpensive. Here is how to find out if your speakers can be bi-wired.
How to Be a Better Listener
Critical listening is a skill, a learned ability that enables you to get the most out of your music system.