Caring for Your Home Stereo Equipment

Your home stereo speakers are an important part of your stereo setup; a stereo is worthless without good speakers. Do you know how to take good care of your home stereo equipment? Make sure you utilize these speaker care tips to increase the longevity of your speakers and enjoy your system for years to come:

Check Your Speaker Ratings
If you have custom assembled a home stereo system, make sure that the speakers you choose are rated for your system. If you use speakers with a stereo system that puts out too much power or current, you can wear out your speakers in a fraction of their normal lifespan, or even blow them out immediately the first time you turn on the system. Conversely, if the speaker impedance is too high for the stereo, or the stereo doesn't output enough power, you can stress or ruin your stereo. Make sure the speakers you choose are properly rated for your stereo system.

Clean Your Speakers Regularly
Don't use liquid cleaning agents to clean your speakers. Avoid dusting spray, furniture polish and glass cleaners. Only use dry, anti-static cloths to remove the dust from your speakers. If your speakers have a grill, use canned air to clean the grill regularly. Many people don't consider cleaning the grill, or give it a quick swipe with a cloth, and miss dust, which is later released back into the air or caught on the speakers.

Watch Out for Interference
Speakers are basically just big magnets. Poorly shielded speakers can interfere with each other, and they can also interfere with tube televisions. Try to keep your speakers away from interference to enhance performance and prolong their lifespan. Make sure to keep your speakers a safe distance apart, so that they're not interfering with one another. While safe distances vary depending on whether or not your speakers are well-shielded, generally three to five feet is far enough to keep your speakers from interfering with each other or other electronic equipment.

Protect Your Stereo from Power Surges
Power surges can damage both your stereo and your speakers, so it's an easy decision to make sure you use a surge protector for your stereo and speakers. Look for surge protectors with decent joules ratings. Over 400 joules is sufficient for most home stereos, but if you've got a high-end stereo system, you might want to look into surge protectors that can absorb up to 1,000 joules or more. Many high-end surge protectors offer limited insurance policies for the equipment you plug in, which may be worthwhile if you've got an expensive system.

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