Choosing the Best Computer Speakers

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Greetings For me, the sound is far from the last place, I would even say that I pay special attention to this issue. And in this article I will tell you how to choose the right bookshelf speakers for a computer or laptop for any budget. I am sure it will be interesting both to me and to you.

At first I will talk a little about general principles, then I will pay attention to specific price ranges and select a high-quality sound as a separate item according. The article turned out rather big, but here is the juice.


Bookshelf Speakers Under $300

For this amount, look at 3-way systems, for example, the model of the R2700 series from Edifier. But 2.1 sets with massive two-way satellites will provide good sound not only in movies, but also when listening to music.

What Not to Pay Attention

The characteristics always write reproducible frequency range, for example 50-20000 Hz. For multimedia it has no meaning, because manufacturers do not indicate a possible deviation, in simple words they lie. It will fit only for comparing models from one series of one manufacturer.

For reference, the first digit, for example, 50 is the lower limit of the reproduced frequencies. The smaller it is, the softer the bass. 100 Hz is the minimum, and 50 is cool if you don’t lie. But usually when they write 50 Hz, in reality it is 100-150 Hz.

The second digit is the high frequencies. Less than 18000 Hz do not even write, but they are already enough for the eyes. Of course, the real characteristics are more modest than in the tables.

The signal-to-noise ratio, for example – 86dB. The higher the number, the less noise. And here everyone lies, or rather the figure is true in some conditions known to one manufacturer, therefore the characteristic does not matter.

Magnetic shielding – it is always there and matters only if the bookshelf speakers will stand next to the TV. If it is not, then color stains will appear on the screen.


Power and other Indicators

Like any other technically complex thing (and you take our word for it, that there are enough difficulties), acoustics have quite a few different parameters. If you pick up the acoustics for yourself, you will come across them on the manufacturers’ websites, on the pages of online stores and, of course, on our portal.

Theoretically, the higher the main indicators of acoustics (power, frequency range, sensitivity, the number of bands), the better. Within reason. So, better acoustics has a larger frequency range. So, in the shelf acoustics, it is usually equal to about 60-20000 Hz, and floor – 40-20000 Hz. For example, shelf B & W 805 with a range of 49-28000 Hz and floor B & W 804 with a range of 38-28000 Hz.

These are premium class acoustics and have an extended frequency range. A budget model 686 and 684 – 55-22000 Hz and 44-22000 Hz, respectively. Although exceptions to this rule are enough. So, at Chario Pegasus, the cost is much higher than the B & W 684, the stated range is less than that of these B & W – 45-20000 Hz. In general, it is possible to evaluate acoustics by the frequency range within a single manufacturer … and in this case, the larger it is, the better.

If we talk about power, then the situation is even simpler. Any, even compact bookshelf acoustics, is capable of sounding a living room with an adequate volume of 10-20 square meters with adequate loudness. If you plan to voice a room with an area of ​​30-40 meters, then you need to think about purchasing good floor acoustics – with a corresponding increase in volume, it will be enough. Well, in general, the floor acoustics have a loudness potential.

Just keep in mind that the volume of the acoustics depends on the characteristics of the room: its volume, the presence of sound-reflecting and sound-absorbing materials, etc.

It is desirable that the acoustics have a high sensitivity. This indicator is measured in dB and usually ranges from 82 to 92 dB. If your chosen acoustics will have a sensitivity of 88-92 dB, then the amplifier or receiver will be easier to shake it, and it will sound better at a low volume.

But this indicator, as well as power, is not worth considering as an unambiguous indicator of the quality of columns – there is no direct connection between them.

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