How to assemble a GREAT home stereo system! [Part 1] Asking the RIGHT questions!

How to assemble a GREAT home stereo system! [Part 1] Asking the RIGHT questions!

This video is dedicated to the music lover who is looking for advice on how to build a kick-ass stereo system. In todays video, I go over the very first step towards reaching that goal. Click below for a general summary:

The very first step involves knowing thyself! So if this is your first attempt at assembling a stereo system, do yourself a favor and ask and then answer the following questions.

1) What kind of music do I plan on listening to through this system?

2) What kind of lifestyle do I have? Do I need a solution that’s compact or can I get away with large components? Do I have to keep everything in an enclosed space, or can I give the gear room to breathe? Etc…

3) How loud do I need this system to get?

4) How much money do I have to spend?

5) Go out and listen as much as possible!

50 Comments

  1. Counting4 Sheep42 on November 18, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Wanting to do a cheap kickass build to listen to my collection of 90’s thrash metal…preferably Lots of Megadeth!, any ideas?i got 2k 1200 to spendIve got a 70s audio nut that has some massive monitor 8s from Coral that he said would raise my roof they are hige 15 inch subs with horn tweets…is this how im gonna get heart skipping riffs and metal drum beats or should I go with a mire modern, possible Klipsch design



  2. vikas sharma on November 18, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Sean ..I’m always glued to your channel…pls help I’m confused ..should I go for Klipsch "the sixes" or should I go for Klipsch rp600 and pair it with right amp ..and phono amp ..and and a right turntable…I suppose both speakers will sound same …pls help



  3. poopstain on November 18, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    My problem is, I canโ€™t find any reliable information on how to properly match an amp/receiver with the speakers. Everyone says something different. About to give up, get a sound bar, and hate myself.



  4. No Name on November 18, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I need those speaker stands I can only find 8" ers



  5. Jerm on November 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    What do i need though to build a great stereo system? Speakers i know that. I have a MacBook which is where my songs are. I have that. What will i need to put them together? I am looking at the A7X speakers. Do i need a device in between the two of them or what else would i need?



  6. Angel D. on November 18, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Hi, where’s part II?
    Thank you



  7. Thricer on November 18, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    I know what I want out of a stereo system but I’m not sure where I should post my desires so I’ll try here in the comments. I pretty much exclusively listen to 90s thru 2000s rock ( early Muse & Smashing Pumpkins are my favorite) and some metal (Amon Amarth). I live alone & my closest neighbors house is about 50 feet away. I like my music loud but not so loud the neighbors will call the cops on me. I work 2nd shift so I’ll be listening to music every night when I get home until the sun comes up. I currently have $2000 saved and I am open to saving more money to get what I want. I don’t have any equipment, I’ve just been using a soundbar. I just use YouTube to listen to music but I’m not sure if most people use there stereo systems thru their TV. My TV has optical and HDMI arc. Thanks.



  8. Jeremiah Strohl on November 18, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    dude,,,,, wow. no joke this is crazy. I am trying to understand all of this info and reviews. jeez. this is like a system overload.
    honestly I cant wait to watch part 2.



  9. Shivanand Mahadeo on November 18, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Hey can I hav some help i love bass so I want a system with a lot of bass but I would lik nice loud mids I’m a little familiar with car audio so I was looking at one 10 inch sub and two 6-8 inch midrange but I would lik a system to jus plug in my laptop and play
    Can anyone help me



  10. Chris Torres on November 18, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    This video is not informative at all, is there a part 2.. I’m so annoyed



  11. John Phillips on November 18, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    If you want to be helpful, just get to what sounds the best for particular genres, give some examples. Tell us about price points and quality. Perhaps that’s all coming soon.



  12. Jonas Pettersson on November 18, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Looking for speakers to match "Slayer"

    4:34 I totaly agree on this point. A note here. My speakers are from 1996. But my amplifier was replaced 2016.

    Speakers last a looooong time even if you play loud.



  13. Schizo defective on November 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    ive heard about the klipsh horn sound but yet to see a video where i can hear it.



  14. Rasowy Honor Biaล‚a Duma on November 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Shit talker ๐Ÿ˜‚



  15. Deepsouth34 on November 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Really well done. Nice job.



  16. Ozzie Jim on November 18, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Went to see a rock band once, the sound was so shit. Better at home.



  17. Ian's Tennis Channel on November 18, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Great videos, great channel. I just wish the audio quality was better. I listen for a few minutes and my ears get fatigued.

    Anyway thanks for helping me learn more about high end audio and good luck with your channel. ๐Ÿ‘



  18. linandy1 on November 18, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I do need help with my mental health, thanks for making this video !



  19. Stephen G on November 18, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Wait, there’s no part 2? Also, you made this same video 3 months before this talking about the same points.



  20. XSquibX on November 18, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    "It’s only $2500" lol



  21. Duke Emzworth on November 18, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    A good stereo system will last a very long time … longer than your phone, TV, or computer & maybe even your wife.



  22. Bil Bonanno on November 18, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Part 2?



  23. Zombie Dave on November 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Did I miss part two?



  24. Sohlio on November 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    What do you think of this system: Marantz PM7003 and Dynavoice DM6?



  25. Chad Kauffman on November 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    You should have so many more subscribers! Your reviews are some of the best for budget friendly/ higher end Hi-Fi systems. I’ve been learning so much new stuff from your channel. I got into stereo listening a little over a year ago now and have been looking to do some upgrading. I will probly end up going with the Buchardt S400’s and either a Marantz, Denon or Iota integrated amp. Gotta keep pinching those pennies though before i pull the trigger on anything ๐Ÿ˜Š thanks for your hard work on your in depth reviews!



  26. Andrew Fisher on November 18, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    yeah well, i chose to buy an old stereo made in 1978…. and its friggin awesome ! What power, depth and clarity. They don’t make them like that anymore….



  27. jmad627 on November 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I have a very small spare bedroom I turned into a listening room. So I got the Reissong Boyuu A-10, a pair of the Klipsch RP600M’s, to go with an old Technics TT Iโ€™ve had for years. Now I donโ€™t play the stereo all the time, but Iโ€™m starting to notice the warmer, more detailed, kind of rounder sound, if this makes sense, out of it. All three components cost approximately $1,200 altogether, and am very happy getting reacquainted with my vinyl LPs & :45s.
    Thereโ€™s no arena rock sound coming out of this unit, but for the size of the room itโ€™s perfect.
    Next up would be finding a decent CD player to hook up, as this amp has the facilities.
    After so many years spending the money on buying/collecting records as a hobby, I find Iโ€™m enjoying this new one as well.
    Perhaps shouldโ€™ve done it years ago, but am glad Iโ€™m doing it now.



  28. Cameron Burch on November 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I bet In Rainbows sounds amazing though those Klipsch speakers. I just bought 4 R41M’s and the 12 inch 400 watt sub. I’m debating on what center channel speaker and receiver to complete the set. Thanks for the info!



  29. vinu vargis on November 18, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I am confused which sub woofer i must buy. Klipsch r120sw or r100sw or Yamaha 10inch. I am a movie watcher. My room is 2000 cubic feet.



  30. Darren Walter on November 18, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    sound control amps and equalizers one stereo all music period.



  31. Peter Otremba on November 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    I listen to everything from classical music all the way to bass head music so my system needs to be good at everything. I am looking at Marantz to solve the issue



  32. DED NSIDE on November 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Using horns with chip based amps is a bad pairing .
    When I added a tube buffer and big AB Halfer Diablo and used my Marantz as a preamp the improvement in sound was immediate .
    I can hear the chip artifacts in my JBL 580 , the Marantz in retrospect sounds like crap in comparison.



  33. Mick Larson on November 18, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Concerning Budget — Remember Audio Equipment is a very long term investment. Much longer than buying a car. A car requires constant maintenance money. My Onkyo receiver is 31 years old and has not cost me a dime.



  34. John Smith on November 18, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Where’s the Part 2 ??????????????????? ๐Ÿ™



  35. Waylen on November 18, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Stay away from department store Chinese made garbage.It’s better to
    spend a little more upfront and be happy than buy something cheap only
    to then replace it later and spend more.If it’s sold at best buy,stay
    away…Especially speakers.Or maybe just find some vintage hardware.Itt’s better than a lot of what’s being sold nowadays.



  36. Florian Vallen on November 18, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    where’s part 2?



  37. Mike Campbell on November 18, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    This is hard for me. I have a huge collection of music. I have a massive collection of country from 1926 to 1970, I have a large collection of pop standards from the 40s through the 60s. I own every CD by Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, UFO, Deep Purple, Metallica and Alice in Chains. I also own all of Pink Floyd and Alan Parsons CDs. Maybe that’s why I own 5 two channel systems. LOL



  38. Jaden Kuczek on November 18, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    I hope he doesnโ€™t keep those speakers that close all the time. You gotta separate stereo speakers.



  39. CJ Avls on November 18, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Still waiting on part 2.



  40. Jarod Tonneson on November 18, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Where tf is part 2?



  41. F A on November 18, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Hi boss if i want use old sound system car to make cinema home theater what sound system should i used !!! Pls help me ๐Ÿ™



  42. Surf More on November 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Has part two of this video been posted? Going over the gear.



  43. Kevin Davis on November 18, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Finally a common sense video. You broke it down to the t. Every speaker every stereo is going to sound different to what different type of music you like. If you’re into country you need something that fits that category or or top 40 music and rap. I would hate to pay $20,000 for a system that sounds like crap when I’m listening to Beethoven ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚



  44. linandy1 on November 18, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    OMG, I will need several stereo systems !



  45. Darren Walter on November 18, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    This is your opinion? Where are you getting your facts from? "big speakers with big amps" to obtain a loud system? Dude you are so full of shit!



  46. Tree- Of-Lies on November 18, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I own a $100 int amp a pair of โ€˜80โ€™s US made JBLs ($150) and Iโ€™m listening to music on YouTube (Isle of Wight 1970) from the tv headphone outlet so everything cheap and โ€˜wrongโ€™ and it sound freakin amazing!



  47. Robert Thompson on November 18, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I kept it simple as far as my stereo system goes. A pair of speakers, a subwoofer, a receiver and a cd player. I’m not interested in all of the bells and whistles.



  48. CeeStyleDj on November 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    One of the things that really gets on my nerves are hipsters that didn’t know anything about HiFi audio and then think that everything has to have a separate DAC on it. These people need to realize that manufacturers have spent years of R&D already including that in receivers. Now if you get into the systems of $5k plus…. and maybe we could start talking about separate DACS. Just my take/opinion.



  49. The Patriot Alien on November 18, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Iโ€™m and budget but I hear all kinds from country to hip hop to jazz blues to heavy metal. To star I like to use book shelfโ€™s not bigger then 6.5 woffers



  50. Kevin on November 18, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Ehm… what happened to the other parts? Are there other parts?