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Old 03-18-11, 08:41 PM   #1
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How do I make my computer sound better?

We've got these cheap little speakers that sound very tinny. What can I do to get some better sound? Change settings? Better speakers?
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Old 03-18-11, 08:51 PM   #2
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Better speakers.
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or good quality headphones.
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hearing aids.

sound card?
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Old 03-19-11, 12:37 AM   #5
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Headphones or better speakers... my netbook does most things well except sound and I usually have a good set of headphones or plug in to some exterior speakers when I am at home and want to enjoy music / movies, etc.
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Test your machine with good headphones, if that sounds great to you, then almost any aftermarket 2.1 speaker set will be a great improvement, expect to spend $50-$200, I tend to buy at about $75 for my kids, but don't really listen myself anymore, except with headphones. But, if you don't like the sound with headphones on your PC, work on the equalizer. It's hard to imagine that your basic replay sound isn't good enough, but it is possible that it's mis-adjusted or broken so be sure to check the source first.
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Better speakers can really help, but if your sound card sucks it will only be marginally better.

Headphones have the big advantage of shutting out a lot of outside sound, portability, and many have a dedicated sound card built into them. Some even emulate 7.1 speaker systems quite well. I just busted my Plantronics set I've had for nearly ten years and have a well-rated set on the way for $35. If you're interested I'll give a review once they come in.
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IMO, all sound cards built within the last five years sound the same. At least to non audiophiles like myself.
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get a playing a card and a clothes pin and make the card hit the cooling fan. Hey, it worked on bike spokes, has to work on computer fans, right?
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IMO, all sound cards built within the last five years sound the same. At least to non audiophiles like myself.
They still have different inputs though. RCA, multiple ins, whatever... but I agree that they are at the point where there is more noise in a lot of systems than the soundcard differences can overcome
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Klipsch Promedia 2.1 or Logitech Z-2300 are among the finest 2.1 computer speakers on the market, and well priced. I own a pair of Klipsch and they're great for music.

Or buy headphones. Headphones give better quality for the money spent. I've had these for 3 or 4 years:
http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-A...0558009&sr=1-1
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get one of these and run the sound through a stereo. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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They still have different inputs though. RCA, multiple ins, whatever... but I agree that they are at the point where there is more noise in a lot of systems than the soundcard differences can overcome
Yup, interfaces are pretty much the difference.
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get a playing a card and a clothes pin and make the card hit the cooling fan. Hey, it worked on bike spokes, has to work on computer fans, right?
A friend of mine asked me to help her fix her desktop. She has a young son and when I looked behind the tower, the fan was packed with paper so thick it couldn't move.
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Can you quantify "sound better"? There's a HUGE range above what you have now. Budget is a good quantifier so pick an amount you wish to spend. Because you can easily spend $25k to make your computer "sound better"... and it will. Heck, I've seen people spend over $100k to add better sound to their game systems.
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