Speakers are great for listening to casual or if you’re watching a great action flick. If you’re in the market, planning on buying a PC speaker set, you’ll be surprised to see the number of choices available. You should check out our list of these five simple tips that will aid your decision.
Your first step would be to figure out whether you want surround sound or not. This depends on a lot of factors from space constraints and budget to even what your primary use of these speakers are going to be for. A lot of avid gamers love the 5.1 surround sound experience as this just adds to the thrill and excitement that games provide.
|5.1 speakers – great for movie and gaming enthusiasts|
2.1 or Stereo
A 2.1 system has a subwoofer, and sometimes there may be cause for concern with regard to the space in where your computer sits. Perhaps there is not enough room for the subwoofer, which can be pretty large at times. But fear not, for there is a solution to everything; you can go in for a stereo speaker system in this case, as there is no subwoofer involved. And just because a stereo speaker set has no subwoofer, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a good bass response from it, as some better speakers have the woofer built into the speaker cabinet itself.
|Good for music and most casual users|
|Some 2.0 speakers offer superior quality to 2.1 speakers|
|Capsule speakers are great if you’re constantly on the move|
You can buy plenty of really cheap speaker sets of the road which is also a very easy way to get ripped off. So, make sure you test the quality of audio coming from these super-budget speakers, as they are most likely to be made out of cheap components. Look for telltale signs of bad design or poor audio such as vibrations from the speaker cabinet or abrasive sounds at high volume, for e.g., a crackling sound in the higher frequencies or distorted bass. Even when you are buying products from a reputed brand, make sure you don’t fall for just the name, as some low-end products might have the same problem due to low power.
If you can dish out a little extra cash, wireless speakers are definitely the way to go. However, if you are going in for a wired system, avoid pre-attached wires, otherwise, tangling and untangling wires and maintenance can be quite painstaking, and that’s something nobody appreciates.
|Setting up 5.1 speakers can be quite a task|
Also check for other qualities, such as, whether the speakers have a headphone out or an extra line in. If you are buying a 5.1 system, it is also imperative that you see if it has a digital audio input (an optical or co-axial). If it does, you don’t need to buy an additional sound card for your PC, as it will do the decoding itself.
So there you have it. By now, you have a clear idea as to how you should go about buying the PC speakers of your choice.