Computer Speaker Reviews – What to Look for When Buying Computer Speakers
Computer speakers are an often ignored accessory. They are rarely on the top of any buyer’s wish list. Instead, buyers tend to spend more time obsessing over faster graphics cards, better CPUs and bigger monitors. But when you consider the amount of time you spend using your computer speakers, it makes sense to devote a little attention to them. So here’s a list of things you need to look out for when buying computer speakers:
1. Surround Sound? 2.1? 5.1?
The first consideration when buying computer speakers is the setup – surround sound, 2.0, 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and so on. A 2.0 speaker setup has just two speakers, while a 2.1 set has two speakers and one woofer. A 3.1 setup has three speakers and one woofer. The performance of different setups varies a lot – a 2.0 speaker set will be cheaper and usually deliver an ordinary performance, while a 5.1 speaker system will deliver a high quality surround sound performance.
Cost is an obvious factor when buying computer speakers. An ordinary set of 2.0 speakers can be bought for less than $30, while a high quality set of wireless computer speakers will set you back by up to $500. Unless you are an avid music listener or audiophile, it would be better to spend money on a faster, better computer than an expensive speaker system. For daily use, a set of $100 2.1 speakers would be more than enough.
One factor most people tend to overlook is the size of the speakers. My own computer desk isn’t very large and I have trouble finding enough space for the monitor, CPU unit and a set of large speakers. A set of surround sound speakers with a 5.1 setup will require a lot of space, not mention a huge jumble of wires.
4. To wire or not to wire?
Wireless speakers are all the rage these days, and rightly so. Every computer user I know complains about ‘wire overload’ – Ethernet cables, USB cables, power cables, etc. all jumping out of each and every corner of the CPU unit, cluttering up the desk. By investing in a set of wireless speakers, you can cut down on the wire clutter and give yourself a cleaner desktop.
That said, the performance of a wireless system still can’t match a regular speaker set, though the difference is only minuscule. Plus, wireless speakers tend to cost a bit more than their wired counterparts.
Computers have evolved tremendously over the past few years, so much so that certain computers can actually pass off as works of modern art (the iMac range by Apple comes to mind). While a few years ago, plain white CPU units and ugly CRT monitors were the norms, nowadays, you can buy expensive cabinets with eye catching designs and flat screen monitors that can bring a room to life. So why should your speakers be any different?
Many manufacturers now pay special attention to the aesthetics of their computer speakers. You should try to get a set that complements the overall design of your computer system, and also adds to the appeal of the room.
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