Shopping for Computer Speakers
Many laptops don't come with computer speakers. Instead, they have built-in drivers that may not fully meet your listening needs. External PC speakers make your audio crisp and clear, boosting your music or gaming experience, especially when you prefer not to wear a video headset. To get the right computer speakers for your needs, it's best to understand all your options.
Types of Computer Speakers
Most desktop speakers consist of two full-range speakers that churn out simple, clear stereo sound. Usually, each speaker enclosure has two cones. One cone reproduces high-frequency sound (also known as the tweeter driver), and the other reproduces low to midrange sound.
For nicely balanced sound with rich bass, you may want to consider a 2.1 computer speaker system with three components. Some of these sound systems consist of two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. The satellite speakers reproduce high to midrange sound and work best when spaced equally apart. The subwoofer is a larger speaker enclosure with a low-frequency cone for enriched bass.
For surround sound, shop for multichannel speakers such as a 5.1 PC speaker system. Many of these systems feature four satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and a center speaker. The center speaker provides a fuller range of frequencies than the satellite speakers.
PC Speaker Connection Types
Most desktop speakers come with a standard 3.5mm mini jack, which is compatible with most early and modern computer models. However, they may need batteries or an AC power source to work. Just like USB microphones, USB-powered speakers draw power from the computer via a USB cable. This eliminates the need for an AC power source or batteries. If you're looking for a more portable option, then Bluetooth speakers are your best bet. These wireless computer speakers pair to your computer via Bluetooth and don't require any cords, thus keeping your tabletop clearer.
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