Computer speakers are frequently overlooked. In a world filled with flat screens, swivel monitors, and wireless mice, most people forget about speaker quality. Purchasing speakers that provide optimal sound will make a difference. From listening to a video to listening to background music, it pays to invest in a good pair of computer speakers.
Speakers are classified according to a numeric system. Each set of speakers includes two different numbers. The first number is indicative of the number of satellite that a set of speakers has. The second number represents the number of subwoofers that come with a speaker set. Both of these numbers are separated by a period. Most speakers have a 2.1 or a 5.1 denotation.
The term “satellite” refers to a set’s individual speakers (these usually sit on a desktop). Surround sound speakers may come with more than two satellites, tough most sets have two standard satellites. The term “subwoofer” refers to the bass speaker that comes with a set. Typically, general computer users will find that a set of 2.1 speakers is sufficient. If you plan on using your computer as your main sound system, look for a set that is 5.1 or higher.
Satellite and Subwoofer Quality
The weight of speaker satellites used to determine satellite quality. Weight no longer has anything to do with satellite quality. Many manufacturers now place weights inside of satellites in order to trick consumers. The best way to purchase quality satellite speakers is to stick with well-known brands. Also, make sure that any satellites you purchase have a magnetic shield in order to avoid monitor interference.
Choosing a subwoofer is a matter of material and size. Larger subwoofers are capable of projecting better sound (as a general rule). Material-wise, wood is a better choice than plastic, since wood conducts sound better than plastic does. Selecting a subwoofer that comes with an independent volume control is also a good idea. Most inexpensive speaker sets do not come with subwoofers, though a subwoofer will drastically improve sound quality.
Speaker wattage is advertised a great deal. Wattage simply refers to the potential that a set of speakers has. In order to uncover the truth behind speaker advertising, take a look at the RMS number (this number should be included in speaker details). The RMS (Root Mean Square) number depicts how loud speakers can truly go before they blow.
Most speaker systems have anywhere from three to ten watts. Standard speakers usually have three watts. While wattage is important, the number of satellite speakers you have will determine how loud your system can get. Since most of a system’s sound will come from a subwoofer, choosing a system that comes with a subwoofer is ideal.
Select Quality Wires
All speakers sets come with wires. Yet, not all wires are the same. In fact, wire quality differs a great deal from one set of wires to the next. Inexpensive wires will cause sounds to become slightly muffled. High-quality wires will produce the best possible sound. Also, select wires that are durable, since most wires go through a good deal of wear and tear.
Another thing to consider is the length of speaker wires. If you are purchasing a surround sound system, wires should be long enough to reach designated areas. Even if you only intend to put your speakers on your desk, you should still have enough wire length to move speakers around with ease.