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Get The BEST Computer Speakers and Crank Up the Volume!
Gone are the days of CD players and tape decks, and if you’re still using those systems, this article is probably not for you.
However, most people have made use of the digital media empire that has grown over the last decade, and have taken musical refuge in the plethora of music devices available through Apple and other huge electronics manufacturers.
We are always on the go, and our music becomes the personal soundtrack of our day to day lives.
One thing that remains constant, especially in this economy, is our need to make the most out of our purchases.
This has led many to downsize on the luxury of owning large, expensive home audio setups and speaker systems.
Unfortunately, since many people settle for lower quality replacements that break in six months, they are forced to purchase newer systems to replace the defective ones they probably shouldn’t have invested in to begin with.
This causes the consumer to usually spend more than what they originally budgeted.
Luckily, several companies have concentrated their efforts on designing speakers and music systems for the devices that their customers already own.
This allows them to consolidate their home audio and entertainment needs into one well balanced system, and can save them hundreds.
With so many different media systems and speakers available, its hard to find the one that’s right for you.
We have taken the time to highlight some of the DOs and DON’Ts of purchasing speakers for music systems and media streaming devices, and show you how to separate the good from the bad.
Choose The System That’s Right For You
Too many people, when purchasing their speakers for music systems or digital media stations all together, think that bigger is better.
This is so far from the truth.
Where these systems may certainly get the job done, they may be complete overkill for the setup you are looking to achieve and may not even meet the needs of each consumer.
To make things easier, start with the basics. What do you want from your speaker system? Are you looking for integration with your desktop, an iPhone or iPad, or all your devices?
Is your setup just for music, or are you looking for an entire home theater package?
Some systems can accomplish both, depending one the specifications of the speakers and the amplifier you are working with.
If you haven’t already, make a list of everything you want from your system, and things you are willing to live without. You may find that this too will simplify the process, making your purchase much easier.
Your best friends, when deciding which speakers to choose from, are consumers just like you.
There is nothing more beneficial to your buying decision than unbiased reviews of the systems you are considering.
For the most part, although many websites highlight reviews on their website or blog space, it is a good idea to check out other sources for product reviews.
For example, Costco and Amazon offer great resources for seeing reviews on speakers for music setups and digital media systems. These may help answer some questions you may have about the quality of the speakers and amps.
Remember that with so much competition between manufacturers, every company will “claim” to offer the best overall music package. Take this with a grain of salt, as no company knows your exact needs as consumer unless you speak with them directly.
This is another tool that should be used. Customer service centers and/or support centers are there for a reason. You don’t have to make use of them only “after” a purchase.
Do some research, by calling the manufacturers directly. They should be able to answer all the questions you have about the unit, and if it will be the right choice for you.
Showcase Your Style
Besides finding the right sound, don’t be afraid to express your style. Whether big and beautiful, or slim and sleek, take the time to examine the space you have to work with and find a system that complements your lifestyle.
What defines us more than the music we listen to? Take that into consideration when matching your speaker systems with your style and class.
Low profile speakers are becoming more and more popular as manufacturers continue to design smaller speaker units with comparable sound quality to larger home theater setups.
This is quite beneficial considering a majority of home owners want to make as much use of their space as possible. An easy way to free up some space is to substitute that large entertainment center for something a bit more elegant.
For example, instead of using a TV stand, why not install a free floating TV wall mount instead. This frees up a ton of room when setting up speakers for music systems and other devices.
To save even more room, invest in some low profile speakers and set them up on stands. Not only does this open the room up, but with the speakers being elevated, it will allow the sound to travel further and fill your room.
Also, if you have chosen a speaker system with integrated WiFi or Bluetooth for wireless streaming, you will have a nice line of sight to the system, which will cause less interference and improve connectivity to the speakers.
The Desktop Computer Speaker – A Short Buyer’s Guide
So, what will you need to take into consideration, before buying your new pair of desktop computer speakers? Not all computer speaker systems are the same, so I will list below the important points to think about, below:
How much can you afford? Desktop speakers range in price from as little as about $10, for a small pair, all the way up to around $300 for decent quality ones. Usually, the sound quality of the speakers will improve, the more that you are willing to pay.
How many speakers? You can opt for a 2.0, 2.1, 5.1 or even 7.1 speaker system, depending on what you use the computer for and the amount of space that you have available. The 5.1 and 7.1 systems offer surround sound, so would be ideal if you enjoy your movies or gaming to be a fully immersive experience. If you’re using your PC just to listen to music, then the 2.0 or 2.1 channel speaker should suffice.
How Do The Speakers Look? You can buy some very stylish looking desktop speakers (as you’ll see on this page), so the way they look besides your PC is quite important, especially if your PC is on show and you’re using it as the main music system in your room.
Do You Need Additional Connections? Many of the computer speakers now have extra connections, so you can feed other devices, such as your iPod, into them.
Are you a casual listener or an audiophile? Most of the speakers on offer here will sound really good for the price and certainly better than those built-in speakers. They will do the job if you’re just after a bit of background music. If, on the other hand you take your music seriously, you’ll have to spend a bit more on a better pair of desktop speakers. In terms of sound quality, ‘monitor’ or ‘reference’ speakers may be your best bet.
Where To Buy Your Desktop Computer Speakers? When buying desktop speakers online, I would always look for a well-known, reputable store and in my opinion, Amazon are one of the best. They offer free shipping with many of their speakers and have competitive prices, along with excellent customer service.
Desktop Computer Speakers With A Subwoofer
The addition of a subwoofer will boost the bass significantly. You will need some extra space to store the subwoofer, usually underneath the computer desk.
If you’re wondering how to tell which systems include a subwoofer and which don’t, look for the digits that describe the number of speakers (2.0, 2.1 etc) and if there’s ‘.1’ (point 1) after the speaker number, it will have a subwoofer with it.
The unit features a total energy output of 200 Watts, that is a lot of power for a computer speaker set, the Z623’s THX label means that it is not only a traditional 2.1-channel speaker but an audio system which guarantees potent deep bass and crystal clear audio surround sound, for the movies you watch.
The Z623 audio system includes 2 magnetically protected satellites, each has a rating of 35W RMS energy output.
The satellites have got fixed wires at their bottoms and the one mid-bass three inch driver on both satellites is protected by a attached grille and the tweeter is concealed right behind the THX logo. The right satellite has the on/off switch, volume control and bass controller.
The right satellite has 3.5 mm stereo jacks for aux-in and headphone out on it’s other side.
The subwoofer is powered by an eight inch driver on the front, while there is a bass port on the side.
The bottom-driver, like the bass drivers is covered by a metallic mesh grille that makes it less susceptible to damage.
The timber housing has dimension of 302x282x264mm, that is not stream-lined at all. Actually, it is huge for a PC audio system.
Match this along with the front-facing eight inch driver and you have a really large and powerful audio system from LogiTech that won’t cost you much at all.
I seriously did not believe anyone could produce speakers with this type of audio quality, for under $400.
Utilizing its compact speakers and true to life bass effects, the Audioengine 5 delivers a power packed audio system.
The bass effect really is impressive and provides the finest output, regardless if you are listening to classical music, rap, watching movies or playing a PC game.
The silk dome tweeters and Kevlar woofers are top grade. Because of their awesome style this audio system fits in, no matter what area of the home you’re setting them up in.
This unit works well with flat panel TVs, mobile phones, Ipods, DVD players and smart phones.
It’s an perfect fit for satellite receivers, digital radio as well as video gaming.
The Audioengine 5 can deliver a frequency response in the spread of 50Hz to 22000Hz.
You may also link other products using 1/8 mini jacks or a simple RCA output.
The entire system will come in a thick MDF cabinet that can cause a rich appear stage.
Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
The first SoundSticks came out back in 2000 at the time that Apple released the clear iMac G3 computer, there’s a reason why the 2 products have a similar style: both both where designed by Jonathan Ive Apple’s old lead designer.
The SoundSticks III make use of the identical clear plastic-type transparency for the satellite and subwoofer combo. In this model they designers lowered the intensity of the blue internal lights so that they are not as distracting as in the previous 2 models.
The 2 translucent, 10 Watt satellite speakers each have 4 1 inch drivers on a vertical column and appear very similar to the Soundstick II speakers, apart from the new dark colored base.
The base allow you to change the angle of the speakers, which will help if the height of your desk isn’t right.
The satellites are connected to ports at the bottom of the 10.2×9.2 inch subwoofer, they link together with a cable wrapped in see-through housing for additional protection.
The woofer’s open 1/8-inch female jack means that you can play music on the SoundSticks from many devices.
Setting up the audio system, to play from a PC only took me a couple of minutes.