Speakers don't do well without an amplifier of some type. In fact, they do nothing, so let's get right too it.
3 Ways to Supply Power to Speakers
- Buy an traditional small stereo amplifier or receiver if you also want a tuner.
- Purchase self powered speakers which have their own amplifiers built into them.
- Get battery powered speakers.
The small amplifier route. If you are a traditionalist getting an amp, whether it be high end or low, gives you the most control over any effect the amplification will have on your music. It also allows you to be a little more free on how you allocate your funds. If you want a great pair of stereo speakers but can't afford the complimentary expensive amp, you can start with something that fits your budget and move up later. We're fond of this approach.
- If you want to power bookshelf, tower or architectural speakers that you just have to have but may not have room for a full on receiver.
- Powering old bookshelf speakers you have around the house.
- You don't want the extra wires running all over the place.
- You want the extra quality sound you might get from the separate amps and don't want or have room for an amp.
- NOTE: many self powered speakers you'll find are Studio Monitors designed for near field listening. These are designed for someone sitting 2-3 feet away from the speakers and generally don't give as good of a showing in other environments or listening situations.
- You need portability