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How to choose speakers for a PC

Monitor speakers or external speakers

While speakers built into a monitor may be a functional option, we are looking for an audio experience far better than that. Audio sources on the computer from music, movies, games, video, and even Voice over Internet Protocol are everyday activities. Quality audio is a joy. External computer speakers deliver this rich experience.

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Analog or digital connections

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Computer speakers with analog connections that use the common RCA jacks connected to the computer's RCA jacks are just fine. If you're an audio purist or an audio professional you can consider a digital speaker system which has an optical or sometimes a coaxial jack, called S/PDIF, and connect it to the same kind of S/PDIF jack on the computer. Note only some computers have this S/PDIF jack. This S/PDIF connection is considered to deliver cleaner sound because no 'noise' is added to the audio stream from the computer itself. This is because no conversion from digital to analog is taking place inside the PC, that takes places inside the digital speaker system instead.

Integrated audio or separate sound card

Integrated motherboard HD audio chipsets today are high quality and no separate audio adapter card is required.

Recommendations on 2, 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 speaker systems

Ultimately the sound depends on the quality of your speakers. Since computers today are entertainment systems get a good pair of stereo speakers with a separate subwoofer as an indulgence. These are typically known as 2.1 speakers, where the 2 are the number of satellite speakers and the 1 is the subwoofer. You don't really need 5.1 or 7.1 surround speakers.

Recommendations on watts

I recommend 40 watts (RMS) or higher for the total 2.1 speaker system. For example 10 watts (RMS) for each satellite and 20 watts (RMS) for the subwoofer. This will cost around $100. Remember this is for entertainment speakers, for music, movies, gaming and rich sounding video. If you mostly need your speakers for news browsing or other office stuff, you don't need this. In that case just buy a stereo pair with no subwoofer for under $25.00.

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Microsoft: 'Software is ultimately the biggest deflationary force' for businesses - Yahoo Finance, October 17, 2022:
Open source free software like Linux yes is deflationary, Microsoft not really. Kamil

Microsoft’s greed is killing Windows 11 for me - TechRadar, April 21st, 2022:

March 21st, 2022: Windows 11 will add a watermark if you use unsupported hardware - engadget

Dec 2, 2021: Microsoft’s new Windows prompts try to stop people downloading Chrome - The Verge

Oct 8, 2021: Amazon Delivery Partners Rage Against the Machines: ‘We Were Treated Like Robots’ - Yahoo Finance

Sep 10, 2021: Epic v. Apple ruling: Judge finds Apple's App Store restrictions violate antitrust law - Yahoo Finance

Aug 28, 2021: Why You Suddenly Need To Delete Google Chrome - Forbes

FTC says Facebook has been a monopoly ‘since at least 2011’ in amended antitrust complaint - The Verge

Windows 11 Is Making It Absurdly Difficult to Change Browsers - GIZMODO

What the Linux Mint developers have pulled off is nothing short of astounding - TechRepublic

Fired by Bot at Amazon: ‘It’s You Against the Machine’ - Bloomberg News

PC users are furious about the new Windows 11 design - Creative Bloq

Epic v. Apple fight: Billions at stake as judge determines fate of App Store - Yahoo!

Google reportedly made it difficult for smartphone users to find privacy settings - The Verge

I looked at all the ways Microsoft Teams tracks users and my head is spinning - ZDNet

Microsoft just force restarted my Windows PC again to install more unwanted apps - The Verge

Disastrous Windows 10 update is reportedly breaking some PCs - TechRadar

With Edge, Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low - The Verge

A million students and counting have learned Linux - ZDNet

Linux Mint 20: Still the best Linux desktop despite one quirk - ZDNet

What Operating System Is the Best Choice for Software Engineers? - Interesting Engineering
From the article "GNU/Linux is, hands down, the most highly acclaimed operating system for software engineering."

Microsoft: we were wrong about open source - The Verge

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