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Hi Audiophiles!

So, you have decided that it is finally time for you to be a grown up, enter the adulting game and step into the world of high-end audio? Trust me when I say that there is nothing better sitting in the comfort of your home and feeling like you scored the best seat tickets in the whole movie theatre or throwing a party and being able to hear your music play with the clearest sound. Even Bill from next door speaking with you face to face does not sound as crisp as your new Polk soundbar in the living room. Whatever the case may be, we have got you covered with the simplest tips to make the smartest choices.

1. Do it right from the start

This cannot be stressed enough. The biggest mistake that an audiophile can make in this hobby is to throw good money on cheap equipment, even with knowing that it is not going to last you that long. Do it. Buy the expensive and well-trusted brand names right from the start, you’ll be a lot happier and over time a lot richer too. We totally recommend saving and getting the product you want.

2. Buy new

The truth is that it is too easy to be cheated or lied to when you are an audiophile beginner delving into the world of high-quality audio for the first time. Let me hit you with some harsh reality, we live in a world where people are more than ready to take advantage of poor, unfortunate souls. Now, we’re not saying you should never invest in some second-hand gear but, until you learn what to look for in quality used gear and the fair market prices, we recommend buying new to save yourself from any Craigslist disappoint. Stick to good deals with valid warranties and return policies. We at DFC Audio Visual promise to never let you down.

3. Decide on a budget

On doing it right from the start and buying new, it is very important to decide on a budget and stick to your budget. It is far too easy to fall into the trap of ‘just a little more out of budget’ and then all of a sudden you are spending R40 000 on an outstanding Bowers and Wilkins floorstanding speaker from their amazing 700 series speaker range when you budgeted for the R9 000 more than amazing Jamo floorstanding speakers that will get the job done just perfectly for you. It is better to set your budget and then find your audio system rather than the other way around. However, do keep in mind to not be too frugal with your money pockets.

4. Don’t rely too much on user reviews

Now, I know it sounds funny coming from an AV blog, but that is why honesty is the best policy. Feedback is definitely great and reading reviews are a good way to get a start on your journey of finding the best products for you but, we do not recommend relying too heavily on reviews as it is important to remember that everyone’s ears are different. The best thing to do is to listen to the speaker you want to buy however, sometimes that opportunity does not arise, and we must rely on reviews. Our recommendation is to read reviews objectively to help you make a better buying decision. Ultimately, buy what you think will be best for you­.

5. Ask for help

Well, hello, that is exactly why you are here. If you know an experienced audiophile, be sure to ask them to help you through the beginning process because we are sure that one day you will have to help your own beginner buy their own audio. Remember that if you know an experienced audiophile there is no shame in asking for a helping ear to buy new or even used audio gear or to refer you to a great place to buy high-quality audio.

Whatever it is that you are looking for, do not worry. Take your time. Save your money. We are sure you will be more than capable enough of making your first high-quality audio. If you do get the opportunity to go to a listening party of your favourite speaker then stay tuned for our future blog in which we will tell you exactly what it is that you should you listening for!