What Kind Of Speaker Setup Do You Have On Your Computer?

Having good audio on your computer can make all the difference in the world. However, the form that audio takes really depends on your preferences and what types of tasks you perform most often.

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If you game or watch movies, you may prefer a set of surround speakers. If you're mostly into music, a good pair of stereo speakers (plus maybe a subwoofer) or nice set of studio headphones may do the trick. And if you don't really use your computer's sound much aside from needing to hear the occasional system beep or ping, the speakers that came with your computer may suit you just fine. But we'd like to know: what's your speaker equipment? Tell us what you chose and why you chose it in the comments.

If you need some help choosing a good setup, we can help. Just check out our reader-nominated Hive Five lists of the five best desktop computer speakers, headphones, or headsets with attached microphones.


    For those of you keen on spending a few $, it might be worth looking into some powered studio monitors. They are a common staple amongst music producers and:

    - Produce outstandingly clear sound reproduction at low, mid and high levels
    - Require minimal cabling
    - Have a high dB output relative to there physical size as usually each monitor will be bi-amplified.

    A set of powered studio monitors with 5 inch drivers will comfortably provide enough power for a large room in a house.

    I can strongly recommend Yamaha's MSP5 as a sensible option.

    Hope that helps!

      How do you feel about the AudioEngine 5+ ? The price seems right, and they have received great reviews. I do recording (guitar) which is hooked up to an Apogee One interface, but thinking about the 5+ with an accompanying DAC. My current aural tool is a set of Audiotechnica A900 (which I looove) - but want some speakers. :)

    Using a macbook pro, i have a apogee one setup for decent audio output, to 2.1 Logitech Z-2300 speakers and some beats by dre studio for direct to ear sound!

    Half decent Altec Lansing 2.1.

    Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro hooked up to either a Logitech Z623 for normal PC use (yeah I know, 5.1 soundcard hooked to a 2.1 system... call it futureproofing), Sennheiser HD280's for music and keeping quiet when the other half is on her comp and Plantronics GameCom 780 for gaming and communication.

    I have my soundcard connected to a decent, but old, Pioneer hi-fi amp and a couple of studio monitor speakers. Nice clean and clear to listen to bad mp3 files.

    Just a Logitech Z4 2.1 set up, it's nothing amazing. But it does a pretty good job of delivering sound.

    Muso setup...

    Motherboard runs to output switcher

    Output 1: amp with A and B speaker combine/split, 2x pioneer somethings, 2x Yamaha bookshelf speakers, wharfendale sub (or something).

    Output 2: sennheiser wireless headphones

    Output 3: 12ch mixer and 2x Yamaha 12" PA speakers for band rehearsal/live

    FireWire focusrite interface to Yamaha 8" studio monitors HS80m

    Digital out to 5.1 Yamaha off to the side where the tv is for movies etc.

    I have a lot of speakers....

    My main setup is a pair of KRK Rokit 5's fed by a MOTU Ultralite mk3 Hybrid interface. The latter provides tons of I/O for multi-track recording, but I could easily get away with something like a Mackie Blackjack for audio playback only.

    Asus Xonar Sound Card, Swan M60 5.1 and when I don't want to wake up the neighbours AKG Q701 Headphones

    I got some $19 Logitech 2.0 speakers plugged into my $4.5k PC. Problem?

    two sets of Logitech Z4, 4 speakers with 2 bass boxes ;D

    Foobar -> Cambridge Audio 840C -> Gryphon Callisto 2100 -> Audio Physic Tempo IV's.

    All the gear was bought second hand, but bordering on $20k RRP :\ (but sounds amazing, confirmation bias or not).

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