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Laptop Speakers Guide - An Introduction

Most laptops do not come with high quality speakers pre-installed. For full-bodied sound, the consumer will need to upgrade the laptop speakers in order to achieve the sound quality desired. Consumers may desire speakers to enhance sound quality for movies, games, or for music. The type of laptop speaker selected will depend upon the sound desired.

For travel, consumers may select smaller USB connection speakers or wireless speakers to enhance sound quality. For home, consumers may select a more extensive speaker set featuring surround sound, multimedia speakers, music speakers, or other multi-speaker units. Each set and brand offers a different sound quality. Therefore, experts recommend that consumers research the product before purchase.

Many built-in laptop speakers exhibit an annoying hissing sound at high volume levels. External noise cancelling speakers will eliminate the hissing noise. Other speakers possess this technology; however, experts recommend that consumers inquire before purchasing.

Some consumers also select speakers to integrate within the current décor of the office or room. For this reason, speakers are created in a variety of packages as well. Small footprints are for consumers who desire a non-cluttered look, but would like the sound that multiple speakers may provide. Sound bars provide the sleek design that fit into a minimalist environment, while providing surround sound.

Subwoofers and equalizer functions are all desirable features in a laptop speaker. If consumers are listening to movies or music, these features will contribute to the clear and crisp sound quality. Many of the speakers may be mounted on the wall, if the consumer purchases a multiple speaker unit to provide this type of sound.

Tips to consider before buying Laptop Speakers

  • Parts that are not compatible to the laptops may cause damage. Be certain to select laptop speakers that are compatible to the laptop.
  • Determine the type of sound that is desired.
  • Listen to a variety of speakers to determine the best speaker to match the consumer’s listening preferences.
  • Select a speaker that possesses a sound that is clear and crisp to the consumer.
  • Noise cancellation is a feature that many consumers desire to reduce the hissing sound of factory laptop speakers.
  • Determine the space requirements. If the speakers are for travel, the laptop speakers should be able to fit in a laptop bag or a piece of carry-on luggage. If the space is small, the sound bar may be a space-conscious solution. The sound bar accommodates surround sound in a singular unit.
  • Select a speaker that possesses a subwoofer and preset equalizer functions for cinema quality sound.

Types of Laptop Speakers

  • Noise Cancellation Speakers - The original sound of the speakers is fed into a microphone. The original sound wave is analysed and an opposing sound wave is produced to effectively cancel any noise available in the signal.
  • Wireless Speakers - Wireless speakers do not require wires to connect to the computer. Bluetooth technology or other wireless connections allow communication from the laptop to the computer.
  • Multi-Media Speakers - Multi-media speakers enhance sound quality for games and movies.
  • Music Speakers -  Laptop music speakers enable consumers to enhance the sound of music.
  • Speakers with Subwoofers - Subwoofers amplify the sounds of the current laptop speakers and provide the “bass” that many consumers desire. Bass is the low pitched audio frequency that is often in musical scores.
  • Sound Bar - Manufacturers often provide surround sound solutions in a sound bar package for consumers who desire the premium sound quality without the cluttered appearance of multiple speakers.
  • Surround Sound - Surround sound laptop speakers produce cinema-quality sound. The three-dimensional sound “surrounds” the listener to provide an enriching sound.

Brands of Laptop Speakers

Acer

Companies produce a range of Acer compatible speakers that connect via USB or wirelessly. Most are plug –and-play technology. Many of the portable devices produce rich, quality sounds with amplifiers of varying wattage. Speakers can weigh as little as 4 ounces. Prices range from 10 GBP to 65 GBP.

Compaq

Compaq offers a number of laptop speakers for consumers. Many of the speakers connect wirelessly or via USB port. Compaq laptops can accept other brands of speakers that are not associated with the original equipment manufacturer. However, consumers should be careful when selecting an external speaker because incompatible hardware can irreparably harm the laptop. Prices range from 10 GBP to 65 GBP.

Dell

Dell offers multimedia speakers, as well as multi-speaker units that provide the full-bodied sound consumers seek. Dell also offers a sound bar for the laptop computer. Sound Bars are often an economical surround sound solution. Prices range from 20 pounds to 315 pounds in the UK.

Lenovo

Lenovo provides consumers with sound bars for a cheap price in the UK. Other types of speakers are also available from wireless to wired. Prices range from 15 GBP to 65 GBP in the UK.

Logitech

USB, wireless, and wired connection laptop speakers are provided by Logitech. The product is relatively cheap and ranges in price from 15 GBP to 65 GBP. Multimedia solutions with multi-speakers are also available.

Medion

Medion laptop speakers range in price from 6 GBP to 50 GBP. The speakers are wired, internally installed, and USB.

Packard Bell

Packard Bell offers consumers USB connection speakers, wired speakers, and multi-media speakers. The prices range from 15 pounds to 65 pounds in the UK.

Samsung

The prices of the Samsung speakers range in prices from 6 GBP to 140 GBP. Consumers can purchase multimedia speakers and speakers with integrated amplifiers. The product can be found in wired, wireless, or USB connection.

Sony

Sony features laptop speaker technology for games, music, and movies. Many of the speakers feature subwoofers to provide a rich, full sound. Connection is via wired, wireless, or USB connection. Prices range from 15 GBP to 65 GBP.

Toshiba

Toshiba offers consumers portable speakers with a range of technology that will deliver quality, clear sound. The connections are internal, wired, wireless, or USB connection. Prices begin at 6 GBP and progress upward from that price point.

Advice for Purchasing Laptop Speakers

Samsung, Logitech, and Sony offer economical laptop speakers for consumers. Sony provides great sound bar surround sound technology that is similar to the sound quality found in home theatre solutions. Consumers can buy these laptop speakers in online UK stores.

Selecting a speaker is primarily an individual preference. Each consumer should listen to the speakers to determine if the speaker meets the individual’s preference. While some technology is superior to others, the selection process is still an individual process.

Each manufacturer provides an economical external speaker to the consumer. However, a quality speaker may contain features such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, Bass and Treble, subwoofer and tweeter, and equalizer functions.

Jargon Explained

Dolby DigitalDolby digital is a technology developed in conjunction with surround sound to help deliver the cinema quality sound associated with this particular technology.
Multi-MediaMulti-media speakers enhance sound quality for games and movies.
Noise Cancellation TechnologyThe original sound of the speakers is fed into a microphone. The original sound wave is analysed and an opposing sound wave is produced to effectively cancel any noise available in the signal.
Sound BarMost sound bar technology features surround sound. The speakers are contained in a rectangular encasing that can be place horizontally on a flat surface. Surround sound provides the full-bodied quality sound that most consumers desire. Consumers also desire this solution because it provides the sound of multiple speakers in one unit.
SubwooferSubwoofers amplify the sounds of the current laptop speakers and provide the “bass” that many consumers desire. Bass is the low pitched audio frequency that is often in musical scores.
Surround SoundSurround sound laptop speakers produce cinema-quality sound. The three-dimensional sound “surrounds” the listener to provide an enriching sound. 

Buying Guide to Laptop Speakers
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