Elevate Your Home Entertainment with Premium Audio
After a long day of work, raising a family, and taking care of the home, you deserve to wind down with some premium home entertainment. If you love music, you may enjoy a high-end audio system to enjoy your favorite artist’s discography. But when you’re creating an audio setup, you need to ensure you incorporate a two-channel audio system. Two-channel audio is the superior way to enjoy your favorite music, with high-fidelity sound you will love. Keep reading to learn more about two-channel systems and how they elevate the sound in your Virginia Beach, VA, home.
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What Is Two-Channel Audio?
In a two-channel audio system, the audio signals are split up into one left and one right channel. These separate signals are sent to two corresponding left and right speakers to be played simultaneously, which results in audio that has depth and explores every detail of the song. This type of setup is also called a stereo system, which presents the music as it was recorded: in two-channel, the way the artist and the record producer intended their music to be heard.
Stereo vs. Mono
So, what is the story with stereo and mono audio? Well, when music was recorded a long time ago, it was recorded in mono as it was the next step up from the old Victrola record players with a big horn for a speaker. For a while, everyone was happy with the sound of the mono speaker on the radio in their kitchen or the console in the living room. Then, stereo was born, and the room-filling sound and the ability to sense the location of the musicians on the stage opened up an entirely new world of sound.
The stereo format has been the norm for many years despite attempts at 4-channel and surround sound. Some enthusiasts still have turntables that they can change the cartridge on for stereo or mono, as there are a lot of great-sounding mono LPs that sound best played on their original format. It is all a matter of taste, but the stereo format is the most widely accepted for music playback, resulting in authentic, performance-quality audio.
Components of a Two-Channel System
To craft a two-channel music system in your home, you’ll first need an audio amplifier, either an integrated amplifier or a separate preamplifier paired with a power amp. This amplifier will take the audio signal and split it into two channels. It’ll also amplify the sound to a strong enough signal to power your speakers. Next, you’ll need a pair of speakers from a high-end audio company. These can be floor-standing loudspeakers or bookshelf speakers, depending on your taste. There are many different brands, such as Revel, Dynaudio, and Focal, to mention a few. It is best to try to audition some speakers at your local hi-fi store to determine your preferences.
Next, you will need a source. There are many formats, from record albums, CDs, tape recorders, and streaming. All of them are great sources of music. In the past 5-10 years, streaming has surfaced as the most popular as it is portable from a smartphone or other handheld music player. Streamings’ evolution has brought the return of high-end DACs, or “Digital to Analog Converter.” These convert the digital stream from the music file into an analog signal that your equipment can reproduce. There are various streamers out there, from Gold Note, Hifi Rose, and NAD, to name a few.
Record albums have been on a sharp rise to the point that now there are an extreme amount of young people getting into records because they realize that LPs more or less force you into listening to the music, as you have to get up and flip the record after 5-6 tracks. Also, the album covers contain photos and liner notes that present the artist to the listener in ways they have never experienced before. Turntables range from Gold Note, Pro-Ject, Feickert, and E.A.T., as well as many others. This is only a taste of what is in store in the world of two-channel music. In upcoming stories, we can cover some of these formats and brands in more detail.
Contact Domes Audio Video to upgrade the audio in your Virginia Beach, VA, home today! We partner with leading audio brands to bring high-end two-channel audio systems to homes throughout Virginia. Enhance your home entertainment with high-fidelity audio!