What to Know Before Buying Professional Audio Equipment

There’s this cartoon series kids used to watch where the hero often says that knowing is half the battle, and that really applies to buying professional audio equipment. That’s because these things can be more expensive than a car. Put enough high-end audio equipment in a room, and it may become even more expensive than the house. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s a very good chance you’ll end up with expensive toys that are essentially worthless for you.

So here are some things you first need to know when you’re in the hunt for pro-grade audio equipment:

  1. Know your purpose. Exactly why do you want pro audio in the first place? If you’re buying for professional reasons, then pro-grade audio is crucial, but not all people who buy pro stuff do so for pro reasons.

Is it simply because you appreciate expensive stuff in your home, and so that means buying expensive audio equipment too? Is it just part of the décor?


What do you want to do? Do you want to have some nice background music when you’re at home? Perhaps you want to put in a bit more boom to the sound when you’re watching TV or videos. Or maybe you’re one of these guys who really listen actively to music and who can’t stand poor sound.

By knowing what you want to do, you can then tailor your buying options so that you can make sensible buying decisions.

  1. Know your equipment. Buying professional audio equipment means knowing enough about the stuff to at least sound like a pro yourself. This will entail some research on your part.

There are numerous types of equipment, and you need to know what each type of equipment does. Then you have to be aware of certain types for each piece of equipment. For example, you don’t just buy a microphone. There are dynamic mikes for concerts and condenser and ribbon mikes for studio recordings. Since you know your purpose already, knowing what each type is for helps you in making your choices.

  1. Know your specs. Audio equipment comes with a lot of techie specs. It comes with the territory, and you really need some sort of familiarity with the various units of measure and what they mean. For example, when buying speakers you need to know what the ohms stand for and how they can help you buy the amplifier that matches your speakers.
  2. Know your brands. The world of the audiophile is filled with various opinions, but in most cases some brands do carve out a niche for themselves. You need to know which brands often comes with an imprimatur of quality, and which brands almost always receive scorn from audio pros. One good example of this is the Beats headset. This may be a bestseller and a stylish fashion accessory, but no true audiophile can tolerate the sound it produces.
  3. Know your seller and the purchasing conditions. You have to make sure that your seller actually sells the brand and model you want in the price you want. You also need to check out the warranty, and whether you can return stuff for free if they don’t work out for your needs.

Knowing about professional audio equipment is an ongoing task, and your education never stops. If you don’t have the interest or the ability to learn what you need to know, then your best bet is to know someone who does so you can get expert advice when you buy these things. Without this knowledge, buying expensive audio equipment can be a losing battle.

Buying Audio Equipment Online Can Be Hazardous

Buying anything online is inherently risky, as every online shopper knows. After all, how do you really know who’s at the other end of the transaction? It can be a fake website, or a fake seller. You end up paying money and getting nothing in return. But buying audio equipment can be especially hazardous when done online.

One of the disadvantages of buying audio equipment online is that some of the top-of-the-line brands simply won’t deal with online transactions and only sell through authorized retail stores. This is especially true with some speaker brands. So even though you theoretically get easier access to more brands, you also automatically cut yourself off from some good brands in return.

Now these new brands may be good finds. If you’re the adventurous sort, then risking your money to discover a new great brand can be a truly exciting endeavor, but that’s also because there’s a risk involved. You can’t trust the advertising, and you can’t even trust the “reviews” online because chances are they’re also part of that brand’s advertising efforts.

Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll then have to risk the delivery process. As every audiophile knows, audio equipment can be very sensitive. By the time the equipment arrives at your home, it may already been damaged en route.

But even if it wasn’t damaged at all, you still need to set it up properly, and then you have to try it out. Whether you bought a microphone, an amp, or a set of speakers, you need to make sure that it produces a result that fits your preferences. If you bought speakers, for example, you then have to try it out and see if it matches what you want to hear.

400x400_Klipsch_THXThat’s one reason why you need a some sort of trial period and free return shipping, because if the shipping isn’t free then you spend a lot of money on your “auditions” or you settle for less than what you want.

So when you try the equipment out and you find that you don’t like what you’re hearing, you have to send it back, and that requires more time spent. You’ve already spent a lot of time reading reviews, going to forums, and checking out online deals before you made your selection. Now you need to spend more time waiting. Now you will have to send it back and repeat the entire process, and again the same dangers are in play.

What you may want to do is to visit a retail store first and check out what’s available. Listen to or try out the equipment and then check to see if it matches what you want. Then take note of the brand and model along with the price, and then see if you can find a better deal online.

That’s the best advantage of online shopping. Often the discounts can be considerable. But the dangers can be considerable as well. By at least trying out the audio equipment yourself in a retail store, at least you can minimize the dangers you have to face when buying online.

Blue Yeti Microphone Review

Here’s my new Blue Yeti Microphone review from Blue Microphones.

But before I start let me tell you a little bit about why I needed to buy a professional microphone. I’m getting ready to launch a series of training videos and a podcast. I’d been using a really cheap headset from Cyber Acoustics but it just wasn’t doing the job.

During a recent project I had the opportunity to use a much better headset and I noticed the difference in quality immediately. That’s when I realized that I simply had to buy a professional microphone and so I started to do my research.

After hours of looking around the Internet it became apparent that the Blue Yeti Microphone was the way to go.


The first thing I had to do was find the best deal online. It’s not that I’m cheap you see, but who doesn’t like to get a good deal?

Well after some more time spent searching I found a great deal on ebay and so I placed my order and waited.

The microphone came in the mail the next day and I was super excited to check it out. I ripped open the box and had it set up in minutes.

The Blue Yeti Microphone has the best mix of quality and price and so it’s an ideal solution for those on a budget. When you’re making videos whether it’s for education or fun, the most important consideration is the audio. Nothing is more annoying to the viewer than muffled, buzzy and distorted sound.

How the Blue Yeti Microphone Works

Operating the Yeti is as simple as can be. You simply plug it into your computer USB port and push the on button. What could be simpler?

At just under one hundred dollars it’s difficult to deny that the Blue Yeti Microphone is a great bargain. It’s made my videos and podcast sound really professional and polished. I’m getting emails almost daily from listeners telling me how much they appreciate the enhanced audio experience.

If I had any negatives about the microphone it would be the fact that it’s really heavy. But to be honest that’s a small hassle for such a top-notch offering as this. You do need to be careful when using it though as it’s quite easy to tip over. If you have it on the edge of your desk and are not careful it can be crashing to the ground in an instance.

The simple solution to this is to be careful and make sure you pack it into it’s original box when you’re taking it out of the office.

All-in-all I’m really happy with my purchase and am looking forward to producing many hours of exciting and informative videos for my website visitors.