Stereo Maintenance - Best Practice Guidelines

For most audiophiles, purchasing audio equipment is not a task to be taken lightly. As most sensible shoppers realize sometimes it is not the cheapest item that is the best to suit your needs and your wallet in the long term. For these kinds of people, selecting a particular unit whether it is a hi-fi separate or surround sound unit such as a CD or DVD player or an all-in-one system, is a process that can take a lot of time and effort. This is why when that purchase is made it is important to make sure that you take good care of the audio equipment to ensure it lasts at least as long as it was designed to.

Taking care of audio equipment such as stereos and speakers needs to be considered from the moment you purchase the items. First of all, in many countries it is a legal requirement for electrical retailers to provide a warranty period to customers on new electronic equipment, and on top of that, each manufacturer must provide a guarantee also. When you purchase new equipment, make sure you know your position if the situation arose where the equipment was faulty and required repair, what are you covered for? Who should you contact?

Once you install your new audio equipment it is important, especially if you have spend a lot of money on a high quality system, to let the equipment break in before stressing it by turning up the volume to high levels. Although this is not so important for audio units such as amplifiers, CD players and all-in-one stereos, for speakers it is especially important. There are a number of ways in which you can properly break in your speakers and most manufacturers will detail their preferred way in the owners manual supplied with the equipment. Some manufacturers suggest playing low frequency bass tones for twenty-four to thirty-six hours, but as this is impossible for most people on a continuous loop, it has also been suggested that just using your audio equipment at sensible, low volumes for the first few months of use is good enough for the bass driver material to sufficiently loosen and therefore increase the sound quality produced.

Along with correctly breaking in your new stereo and speakers, you should also bear in mind some firm rules. You should never need to open the case of your audio equipment for any reason; unless you are an electrical engineer and have knowledge of electronic circuitry then voiding the manufacturers warranty is just not worth it. Always ensure that no liquid comes into contact with your audio equipment as electronic equipment and water do not mix. Lastly, always make sure that your stereo is in a well ventilated place and the casings vents are not blocked by DVD cases or books.

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