Sound technology has advanced and many people nowadays simply opt for an MP3 docking station in the home, but you still can't beat the sound from a good quality Hi-Fi.
When looking for a new Hi-Fi for your home, the system you choose will probably depend on a number of factors such as price, the way it looks, size and of course, quality of the sound produced. The relative importance of each of these factors will vary depending on the individual. Of course, price will be important in most cases, but genuine audiophiles will insist on listening to recorded music that is faithfully reproduced on the best quality equipment that their budget will allow.
A die hard Hi-Fi buff would never buy an all in one system, but would choose instead to purchase what are referred to as separates. This means that each individual component is selected separately from different manufacturers for their quality. It also has the added advantage that the units can be upgraded separately when budget allows or when new products become available.
A basic Hi-Fi system tends to consist of an amplifier, speakers, radio tuner and turntable with the music source being a CD or MP3 player. Usually the first item to choose will be the music source and you will assemble your Hi-Fi around this, or these, if there are multiple sources. Many now also choose to add components such as a DAB radio. In some cases, a vinyl turntable is added as enthusiasts still consider vinyl to be a more natural sound. When choosing components for your Hi-Fi system, some independent retailers will let you try the products. This is obviously a good idea as it allows you to sample the sound quality before you buy. Of course, it then seems like a good idea to remain faithful to the retailer that has allowed you to have this demonstration, but if price is an important factor to you, then you need to be aware that you may not be getting the best deal in doing so. It is worth looking at some online H-Fi retailers for some of the best discounts. Most retailers, whether online or offline, will exchange your product for another if you find you can't get along with it in your home. However, be careful as some will not, so you must check this first.