Selection of speakers for the computer
A modern computer cannot do without speakers: we listen to music, play games, watch movies, and it is rather difficult to do with headphones alone. Therefore, you should know how to choose speakers for your computer.
It is necessary to immediately discuss such a moment: in most cases, computer speakers are not designed to reproduce high-quality sound. Music lovers or fans of films in HD quality usually prefer to buy a good stereo or home theater with a high-quality speaker system, instead of listening to music or watching movies on a computer.
Therefore, our goal is to choose speakers that are suitable for normal daily work on a computer, while being not too expensive, but at the same time are of sufficient quality. Computer speakers differ from the usual smaller size, isolated magnetic field, compatible with a sound card and the corresponding connectors.
The first thing you need to pay attention to is the type of columns. Any speakers (not just computer speakers) are divided into two types: active and passive. In the active speakers there is a built-in amplifier, in the passive it is not.
The only significant advantage of passive speakers is their low price. The sound quality leaves much to be desired: an amplifier on a sound card, usually designed only for headphones, does not help to achieve a full sound. Therefore, it is better to choose speakers with built-in amplifiers: they will help to get a loud and high-quality sound.
Speaker systems for computers have different layout options. The simplest option is system 2.0, which includes two columns. Systems 2.1, 4.1, 5.1, 7.1 consist of a subwoofer and several satellite speakers. The subwoofer is responsible for the reproduction of low frequencies, the satellites for reproducing middle and high frequencies.
System 2.1 should be chosen to play high-quality music with good bass. If you want to use a computer as a home theater, it is better to use the 5.1 system. But keep in mind that the motherboard and sound card of the computer must support the selected speaker system; for example, for the 5.1 system, you need a sound card that supports six-channel sound. Otherwise, you can choose the speakers, but connect them – no.
If you decide to choose speakers without a subwoofer (an inexpensive two-column system), you will have to look for a middle ground between sound quality and size: the smaller the size, the worse the sound (small speakers don’t have low frequencies). When buying a system with a subwoofer, note that the subwoofer and the center speaker should have one speaker each, and the rear and front speakers are sold only in pairs.
An important point in the choice of speakers is the case material. Choosing plastic speakers is not the best solution. Such speakers are cheap and can look interesting enough, but their acoustic characteristics tend to zero. Therefore, it is best to choose speakers from hardboard / chipboard, their sound is much better. On the case of the speakers should not be extra holes, they must be sealed.
The only possible hole that can be on the columns is a phase inverter. It is located next to the speaker on the front panel and serves for high-quality reproduction of bass (low frequency). But in columns of less than one liter, there is simply no need for a phase inverter.
Important parameters of the speakers – power, sensitivity and frequency. Power affects the mechanical reliability of the system, and not at all the sound volume. The volume depends on the sensitivity, usually the optimal value for computer speakers – 85 dB.
The speakers should be equipped with an output regulator (in other words, loudness), for greater convenience it should be displayed on the front panel. When buying a speaker, you should check it up by increasing the volume to determine at what volume the sound distortion will start, and whether this volume is enough for you to listen to. It is also desirable to have frequency controls – separately low and high.
Additional useful “gadgets” – headphone output on the front panel of the speakers, remote control, stand. They are optional, but if they are – this will be an additional advantage when choosing columns.
But the most important point – you have to choose the speakers that fit the sound card. Even the most expensive sound card will not give a good sound if the speakers are cheap and low-quality. And vice versa – the coolest speakers will be useless if you have a simple built-in sound card.