Sounds like Smell comes – you may get in the habit of bad people, but you never regret upgrading. Maybe you’ve recently found a gaping hole in your music or podcast listening setup – you don’t have sound-canceling headphones to toddler toddlers, or you’re trying to make your speakers sound better in your living room. Whatever your problem, we cover you. Here are our tips for upgrading your Home Audio Dio.

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Free Home Audio Dio Tips

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Most major audio dio upgrades take some menu diving and feng shui.

Check your streaming settings

I can’t tell you how many friends and family have checked the streaming settings, just realize they haven’t determined the highest possible audio dio quality they have.

Enter the settings menu of your music streaming app and make sure you set the audio to high quality. Apple makes it easy to find music music, Spotify and YouTube music music quality settings. If your home Wi-Fi can’t handle high bitrate streams, you can download your favorite playlists and albums.

Speaker location is everything

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Bass prefers to hide in the corner, so try to keep your speakers away from them – ideally in the middle of the wall. If you’re wondering where to put them in terms of your general listening condition, keep this in mind: The ideal stereo image (large, wide, live-sounding audio dio) comes when your head forms a symmetrical triangle with both speakers. Also, try your best to make sure that the twitters (small round drivers that keep notes high on most speakers) are as close to ear level as possible, as high-end sounds are most influenced by direction.

Move your furniture to deflect the sound

Your own room is one of the most important aspects of a speaker’s voice. Like a terrible singer using a strange microphone, if you put an amazing pair of speakers in a terrible room, you will have a terrible sound.

Most rooms have similar problems: they are a little more reflective and a little more bass-heavy. Flat walls and corners, by and large, are the culprits. Sound is a wave, and if that wave reverts straight back from the wall, it can interfere with and cancel out other waves coming into it, creating a strange frequency dead zone in your room.