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4 vs 2 speaker (in individual speaker not total)

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i have a question about the # speakers and sound quality.

2 systems samsung and edifiler . if you look at the front left and front right speakers, the Samsung tallboy has 4 and the edifier has 2.

from Google i learned that multiple speakers are for different frequency ranges, but if you have an amp/sub, the amp/sub should handle can help play the other frequency's.(not 100% sure what that means).

the Samsung one is old, edifier new. which speaker would be better? or whats the difference.
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if you look at the front left and front right speakers, the Samsung tallboy has 4 and the edifier has 2.

...or whats the difference.

You ask a very complicated question. I'll see if I can help.

Music, for example, consists of a wide range of frequencies, from very high to very low.
A speaker box with only one speaker has to play all those frequencies, which is pretty much impossible.
High frequencies require that the speaker move in and out very rapidly, 15 to 20 thousand times per second , but the speaker doesn't have to move in and out very far to be loud enough.
Low frequencies are on the order of 100 cycles per second, and also require a larger speaker that can travel much farther in and out each time in order to be loud enough. It's pretty much impossible to have one speaker in a box both move very fast (for the highs) and also be large enough for the lows.

So, manufacturers use two speaker in each speaker box, one for highs and one for lows. Sometimes they use three of even four (each reproducing a limited band of frequencies) such that when they all play together the cover from the highs to the lows.

It takes a LARGE speaker to reproduce the very low frequencies (below 100 cycles) in music. So often a separate speaker box with a large speaker is used (a Sub-woofer). It also takes a lot of amplifier power to move large speakers, so often a separate amplifier is built inside the sub-woofer cabinet (ie. a powered sub-woofer).

So, what does all this mean? Currently most speakers fall into two types:
Two speakers in each cabinet, high frequency, mid frequency, with a single added sub cabinet for low frequencies..
Three speakers in a cabinet, high mid and low.

Infrequently, additional high, but usually midrange speakers are added to a cabinet, since two smaller (ie less expense) speakers can duplicate what one, more expensive speaker can reproduce.

There are good and not as good sounding speakers in each type of speaker cabinet setup. Generally sound quality will depend on the amount of research, engineering, and the quality of the components used.

At the price level you're looking at, pretty inexpensive speakers, neither is going to be very good.
Which is better, I can't say. You'll either have to listen then or read reviews.
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rep+ thanks for the info.

guess i just gotta wait and see.
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