Computer Speakers

Written by Charles Peacock
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The days are long gone when home computers were nothing more than a tool for productivity software and the occasional video game. Today's computers are closer than ever to being the center of our home entertainment systems. We use them to listen to music, to watch movies and even to watch television.

If you're interested in transforming your computer into a real multimedia system, you'll definitely want to pick up a good set of speakers. Computer speakers have advanced significantly in recent years, and some models actually rival the speakers you have hooked up to your stereo system. Let's take a look at different types of computer speakers and why some packages seem to have more speakers than others.

Varieties of Computer Speakers

If you're used to buying speakers in pairs (left and right are all you need for stereo sound, after all) it may come as a surprise that most computer speaker packages have at least three separate speakers. The reason for this is that most computer sound systems remove the bass frequencies from the main speakers and output them through a large subwoofer that you place on the floor. The advantage of this type of setup is that the main left and right channel speakers are much smaller, and can therefore sit more comfortably on a desk or shelf.

For true audiophiles, three speakers may not even be enough. If you like to watch movies or play games on your computer, you may want to invest in a surround-sound speaker system. These systems usually consist of five speakers: left and right speakers for the front and rear in addition to a single bass subwoofer. If you buy surround sound speakers, just make sure you have a sound card that supports surround sound.

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