1. TRY A NEW SET OF HEADPHONES
They are the easiest and least costly way of improving your sound. You can also enjoy them in many different settings. You might even want a set for different activities.
2. EVALUATE THE GEAR YOU ALREADY OWN
If you system sounds bad or has intermittent problems check the wires and cables. Make sure the speakers are “in phase”. If you systems still doesn’t sound great in may be time to upgrade your gear. Start with the weakest link first.
3. TWEAKING YOUR STREAMING SERVICES SETTINGS
Spotify can stream up to 320 Kilobits-per-second, what they call “Extreme Quality”. But you have to dig into the setting to find that option. Other streaming services have similar options.
4. TWEAK YOUR RECEIVER SETTINGS
Some receivers have a “Pure” or “Direct” setting that turns off unused or unneeded portions of your systems circuitry to provide the cleanest possible signal path. Give it a try. You might find the new sound cleaner and more detailed.
5. BIAMP YOUR SPEAKERS
If your front speakers each have two pair of inout terminals and your receiver’s “surround back” channels are going unused, you might be able to redirect the surround power to biamp your front left and right speakers. This give you four amps to drive the front speakers, essentially doubling the power available for more dynamic, higher quality sound.
6. CREATE A SPACE JUST FOR LISTENING
A traditional stereo system really shines in a room where you can sit facing the speakers. Think about converting a spare bedroom into a secluded listening room.
7. IMPROVE YOUR ROOM ACOUSTICS
Your room acoustics have a big impact on the sound you hear as the quality of the components, speaker placement, or any other factor. Controlling the way sound is reflected off hard surfaces and absorbed by softer ones can be key to getting the highest performance sound.