Computer Speakers Buying Guide

Most likely if you own a speakers are far below par for a decent audio experience.

Intended Uses

People today are turning their computer space into a place for watching TV, surfing the web, listening to music and watching movies. Surround sound for computer rooms is becoming more popular, as the sound quality is getting more impressive. Below there is a rough guideline for what you might want to invest in should you enjoy the following activities. If you don't have a lot of money to spend, then a good pair of quality 2.1 speakers will be fine. However, if you have the money and want the best, the options are limitless. * '''Internet surfing and general productivity.''' ** If you aren't into the entertainment aspect of your computer then chances are that the internal speakers on your computer will suffice. ** If you must have external speakers, a 2.0 or 2.1 system will do just fine. * '''Listening to music.''' ** A 2.1 speaker system that supports stereo sound is the most basic set of speakers available. They are perfect for people on a budget or if you just want extra volume. Since they are often very compact they are good portable speakers for your MP3 player or CD player as well. ** For serious sound, or if you want to use your computer as a main sound system in your apartment or home, a 5.1 speaker system would be the topline. You should also look into wireless speakers with a receiver. By hooking the receiver up to your PC, you can stream music throughout your home via wireless speakers. It is a costly option, but oh so sweet. * '''Watching movies and playing games.''' ** Go for a 90 dB, etc. ** Again, the higher the number, the better. * '''External Devices''' ** Are you planning to use the speakers with an iPods, game console or any other additional components? Check to make sure the inputs are the right kind. * '''Sound Card''' ** Make sure that if you opt for a 5.1 surround sound system that your sound card. ** The highest quality (and priciest) surround sound comes in 6.1 and 7.1 systems for all the hardcore sound fanatics. The same goes for checking compatibility. ** A 3channel system. * '''Wattage''' ** Don't go higher than what you need unless you want to blast the whole neighborhood with sound. ** Generally go for enough wattage to power the speakers and the subwoofer, if you are going with surround sound. * '''Keeping hush hush.''' ** Make sure that the speakers have a headphone jack so that you don't disturb the rest of the world when you're playing Far Cry at 1am. * '''Make sure the speakers are magnetically shielded.'''

Acclaimed Systems

"The more you spend, the better your system" is not always a rule of thumb. Certain models are headshoulders above their price ranges and the competition. Think about how much you're willing to spend and check out the top picks in your price range.

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