Though setting up a new stereo system may seem complex, it is actually quite easy with the correct cords and cables. To start, it is important to have a large power strip to plug everything into. The next thing to do is buy a set of good speakers and the best speaker wire available. When purchasing speakers, make sure to get any audio cables and connectors necessary for setting up the stereo system.  This is one of the most common mistakes made because unlike televisions or other electronics, speaker systems rarely come with all the necessary cables.  Having a strong idea of how many speakers and how far apart they will be will go a long way toward avoiding multiple trips to the electronics store. With the modern switch from CDs to MP3s and smartphones, often an iPod USB cable or iPhone USB cable is an essential addition to setting up a new stereo system. Similarly, audio video cables are necessary for anyone who wants to connect their television to their stereo system. It is also a good idea to buy spare speaker wire and bulk speaker cables in case any of the wires or cables gets torn, ripped, or damaged over time.

Due to such frequent advancements in technology, there is little point trying to figure out which stereo system is “best” as there will always be something newer and fancier rolling out the next year.  Instead it is important for individuals to examine their needs, wants, and what aesthetic they desire.  Unless one is planning on doing a major home renovation, the speakers will be visible so deciding how one wants them to look is very important.  Once you have decided on a general style (classic, retro, futuristic, unconventional, or other style) it is time to start picking out stereo equipment.  This begins with the receiver.

The receiver is where all the wires, speakers, audio cables, and connectors all plug into, and allows individuals to seamlessly switch between devices, adjust levels and control the system without needing to unplug anything.  Many music elitists may go on and on about the benefits of classic equipment and the quality of tubes that were used in speakers, but they would agree that such speakers sound even better when controlled by a quality receiver.  Before picking a receiver, individuals should know which devices they want to have operating through the stereo system as this will help narrow the receiver search.  Record players, tape players, CD players, and MP3 players can all be run through the same receiver, which is great for those who don’t want to spend the money to keep putting their music on new mediums or love the sound of vinyl.

Speakers are simply a matter of choice, as individuals could have literally as many or as few speakers as they desire.  Surround sound systems are best for those who only plan on listening to the stereo system in a certain room, or who intend to use the same system for the television.  Those who want music through the whole house can do that easily as long as they buy enough speakers for each room and plenty of bulk speaker cable.  When purchasing high quality speakers, two can easily get the job done crisply and simply. Also, individuals who don’t like extra bells and whistles should avoid spending extra money on subwoofers.  Beyond that, there isn’t much more to add to a speaker system, unless individuals are interested in adding a turntable and spinning some tunes at the next party or barbecue.  No matter which direction an individual decides to go, it is important to follow all instructions and be familiar with each piece of equipment’s manual to avoid doing unnecessary damage to one’s brand new set up.