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When shopping for a new or upgraded hi-fi audio setup, there’s quite a bit to choose from. The choices, in fact, might be overwhelming. You may want to incorporate existing equipment, or you may want or need something totally new. You need to decide on speakers from what seems to be an infinite range of choices. You need to decide on source equipment, amplifiers, streamers, and other items. Do you go with integrated components or separate?

You might already have a good idea of what you want in your Calabasas, CA home, or you may be open to choices you hadn’t considered. Either way, it might behoove you to think about working with a home audio consultant. Here are three ways an expert consultant – like Malibu Wired – can help.

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With an incredible array of speakers out there, how do you choose? We always ask what type of music you listen to and how loud you like it. Don’t get us wrong; all good high-quality speakers can play loud. But some speakers can sound quite lively at low volumes, and others need to be played louder to sound their best. Some speakers have superior dynamics that capture the quietest passages and the loudest crescendos better than others. Some sound better with rock and roll, and some excel at classical, vocals, and instrumentals. We can help you with these nuances to narrow down the choices.


Can you connect any normal amplifier to any normal speaker (we mean standard connections)? Yes, but that doesn’t mean every amplifier is a match for any speaker. Beyond the basics of supplying the right amount of power, some amplifiers are a better match for speakers than others. Some speakers are more “forward,” some are more “laid back,” and some can produce prodigious bass but only with the right amplifier. There are different amplifier design technologies, too, like Class AB and Class D, and they sound different with certain speakers. A good home audio consultant can recommend the right combinations. The same considerations can apply to DACs (digital to analog converters), as DACs – either separate ones or in an integrated component – do influence soundstage, detail, and more.


Acoustic treatment is popular and often necessary for a home theater, but it can be equally important for two-channel home audio. Perhaps you love the sound of a certain combination of speakers and components, but it doesn’t sound quite the same in your space as in the showroom. Acoustic treatment can fix the imperfections of your listening space to enable you to get the optimal performance from your new setup. A home audio consultant can consider your speakers, components, positioning, and furnishings to develop a tailored solution for your listening space.

Malibu Wired is a professional home audio consultant and integrator who works with the best hi-fi brands like Meridian. Get started on your setup by giving us a call, filling out our online contact form, or chatting with an expert on staff in the pop-up window below to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to working with you!