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Computer Speakers Buying Guide

Nov 28, 2007
Adding speakers to your computer can increase its functionality and enriches the experience of using it. Computer speakers are functional devices that are attached to the computer and are very much useful for recreation as well as other activities. These not only produce the most exciting sound but also are capable of bringing music, movies or games to life.

In today's scenario where we can find all sorts of multimedia applications, games and MP3 music, it is very hard to imagine a computer without speakers. The speakers have become essential for any computer so that it can be used for all the applications. With time these have seen many changes and are getting better. We can find them for all applications and budgets.

The most popular type of speakers available today are standard speakers, multi-channel surround sound speakers, and USB speakers. Lets learn more about them.
Standard Speakers

Most popular of the lot that can be found easily in most of the households. The standard speakers are normal 2.1 channel or 2 channel output which include a subwoofer in the 2.1 channel version. These produce enough sound required by a home or corporate user. On the price band, these are considered cheap and easily installable with lesser wiring compared to the multi channel models.

Multi-channel Speakers
More advanced is the multi-channel version that can deliver a surround sound effect. In the multi-channel model the channels refer to the output of the device. For instance The 5.1 channel surround sound system means a 5 speaker and one subwoofer included in it which delivers superior sound quality and can bring any PC game or movie to life. These new generation models are exceptional on sound quality but comparatively costly than the standard versions.

USB speakers
Considering the portability issues you will also find USB models that are powered from the 5 volts at a few milliamps provided by the USB port, per the standard. In such speakers, the USB powered amplifier draws the power through a USB cable/plug. For the USB version no batteries or AC power source is required.

Considering your application need and budget you can decide on the type you want to buy. Pro's can opt for multi-channel speakers that allow sound/video editing or gaming in real time delivering the best sound output. For budget conscious the standard speakers are the best options as they deliver a handsome sound quality and save you money on the device as well as on its installation.

If budget is not a constraint a 5.1 channel surround sound system is the best buy but also has some drawbacks like wiring and high cost. A 2.1 system with 2 speakers and a subwoofer is a decent alternative if compared to the above. Even the 2 speakers would be a great idea for limited sound quality and budget.
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