That speakers are the most important link in the audio chain is now trite. Anyone who has done anything audio knows that your speakers are the final determinants in the quality of your audio.
With this exalted position comes a lot of opinions as to what is best and what is not. For me that is a very relative question because the word “best” suggests a relative position.
Therefore, Which speakers are the best for you? Component or full range speakers. Let’s define each…
Full range speakers are those speakers that cater for all frequencies in the audio spectrum in just a box. This box contains more than one driver — usually woofers that handle the lows and mids and then tweeters that handle the highs.
Some have more than two drivers and in this case, a driver can be dedicated to the lows, another to the midrange and the last (usually tweeters) handles the highs. Depending on the quality of the full range speakers, you can find signal processors called crossovers that help ensure that frequency bands go to speaker drivers made specifically to handle them.
Component speakers, on the other hand, are separate speaker boxes devoted to specific frequency bands. For example in a component speaker set up, a subwoofer handles the sub-bass notes and in that box you have a subwoofer and nothing else.
So which do you choose?
Are you just looking to upgrade your factory-fitted speakers to something better without radically altering things (And of course, being milder to your purse)? Then, go for full range speakers.
Are you looking for the best in car audio, then you’d have to go for component speakers. And, do know that you pay for what you get. For example upgrading your speakers may necessitate installation of several amplifiers. Yes, even if you don’t intend to shake of the rafters of the moving van next to you. This is because certain speakers require special amplification.