If you’re looking for new computer speakers, you probably quickly noticed that there is a fairly wide price range among them. That’s true with most technology; there will be the cut-rate brands that no one has heard of, and they’ll be the cheapest. Then there will be the mid-range ones manufactured by some brands with which you are familiar. The top-of-the-line ones will be the most expensive, but they will likely be the best reviewed and deliver the best sound quality. So, the question becomes, are you able to find cheap computer speakers that produce a decent sound, or do you want to spring for the more expensive varieties?
What Do You Want to Achieve?
In trying to decide how cheap you’re willing to get with your speaker purchase, you should ask yourself what you’re going to be asking from your computer. How are you using the speakers, and how often? If you’re a musician, and you’re using the speakers to master albums and mix tracks, then presumably you’re going to want at least reasonable quality. You’ll want to avoid plastic, hollow, “full-range” speakers.
What Sound Quality Do You Desire?
If you want more bass, you’re going to look for a speaker that provides that. Some of the more reasonably-priced ones do. If you want some weight on the bottom end, though, you’re going to want one with a better-than-average subwoofer. If you watch a bunch of movies, then your pick is probably going to be a speaker with a good centre channel. It will deliver intelligibility and clarity for both sound effects and dialogue.
Look at Your Desk Space
This becomes a question of practicality in addition to how much cash you’re willing to lay down. Can you put a speaker stand next to your desk? If so, then you can go with a larger model, which will enable you to at least look at a whole set of options that you otherwise couldn’t. Larger speakers mean better sound quality in many cases, but they’re also probably going to be more expensive. Avoid studio monitors, and stick to the desktop models. They’re going to deliver more value and a better quality regardless of whether you buy the best ones out there.
Consider and Weigh Each Factor
Ultimately, you’ll need to think about how often you intend on using the speakers, and whether they’re going to be for gatherings where you’re trying to impress your relatives and friends. Some speakers are designed for no other purpose than to blow people through the wall, and then there are ones that offer a more refined sound. You’ll have to prioritize yet another set of characteristics if you plan on using them for music creation, recording audiobooks, or anything along those lines.
There are speakers out there that are very inexpensive, but just because they’re not too much of a hit to your wallet doesn’t mean that you’re going to be happy with them. At a minimum, look at the online reviews on Amazon and in electronics forums to get a sense of what most people think about each model.
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