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5.1 Surround Sound Speakers


5.1 Speakers

5.1 Speakers

By Anne Ahira

Recreating the sounds of the local movie theater has become a cheap and enjoyable experience.

However, it can be difficult for many who do not understand how and what is needed to do so. 5.1 Surround Sound is a multi-channel audio format, designed for special sound system and speakers.

The 5 represents the number of speakers used: center, front left & right, and rear left & right. The .1 represents the number of subwoofers.


The best way to purchase 5.1 speakers is to buy an entire system in a box, but audio junkies can feel free to buy separate components for a custom setup. The prices start at about $550, but people may be able to find deals on sites like Amazon.

The more they pay, the better the features and sound quality. Many use wires to send the sound out from the A/V receiver, but some companies offer wireless or Bluetooth connectivity. Check the electronics in order to get the right kind and/ or number of inputs and outputs needed. This way everything can be used without swapping cables.

The best position is to place them level to each other and pointed towards the area people will be sitting. 5.1 surround speakers also function differently, depending on the person’s choice of entertainment.

Movies on DVD or BluRay have 35% of the sound coming from the front, while music DVDs and SACDs (Super Audio CD) maintain an even level all around. If needed, the volume on each individual speaker can be adjusted. The A/V receivers that are available come with presets for different types of entertainment.

Is surround sound good for other things? Yes. Video games, live entertainment, and sports are great for this. Live TV depends on the channel broadcasting, but everything else will display an icon to let you know.

Most video game consoles come with optical outputs to use 5.1 speakers during game play. The games will also show if surround sound is supported. Some sports networks are jumping in to give the fans nationwide a better experience from home.

5.1 surround sound speakers come in multiple sizes and shape to match any d├ęcor in the home. It’s recommended that buyers shop around due to so many rival setups on the market. Also, watch for A/V receivers and entertainment that only supports surround sound higher than 5.1. 7.1 is the newest, but most expensive to buy for.

If the sound of jets roaring overhead has them ducking for cover, the 5.1 speakers are there doing what they were made to do. With a wide range of choices, anyone looking should be able to find something they can afford. All in one or separate, the possibilities are infinite when setting one up.

Add this with a 3DTV and it’s a stone’s throw away to almost being in the movie. Sure, it’s not the Holodeck from Star Trek, but definitely one step closer to it. Immerse the people at home with 5.1 speakers and surround sound entertainment.

Introducing the USB Speaker


USB Speaker

Usb Speaker

By Anne Ahira

Most desktop computers are equipped motherboards that have their own sound chips so you can plug in a pair of speakers.

However, in order for these speakers to work, an additional electric socket is required to give it power.

This shouldn’t be a problem for desktop computers that remain stationary and an extension cord or power strip should be enough for the speaker to be plugged in alongside the other computer components.

Laptops can enjoy a similar setup, but when there is a need to take the laptop elsewhere, taking the speakers with you would mean disconnecting the power and jack and that means more wires to sort.

Laptops have speakers of their own, but you will always get higher volumes and sometimes better quality sound depending on the speaker brand. The USB speaker is the solution for portable audio power for these reasons.

Self-powered Convenience

The two speakers are connected with each other and then one of them has another wire with a familiar USB connector at the end. There is nothing else present as plugging in the USB into the port is enough to power both of the speakers and serves as the audio transmitter so sounds can come out when played.

Most of the laptops and desktops should have more than 3 USB ports so there should be some space to connect a USB speaker in. Because most of these USB speakers are small in size, they are easier to pack in a laptop bag or simply easier to carry around and the overall setup produces less clutter.

Finally, USB speakers are very easy install as they are plug and play like other USB peripherals so no drivers are required.

Better Audio Quality

Some brands like Logitech offer better sounding USB speakers than even some of the ordinary speakers. Even if Logitech isn’t the brand, USB speakers will sound better than laptop speakers in most cases and much louder since these speakers have their own volume control allowing the pair to amplify the sound to make music and sound effects sound livelier.

Lots of Models Available

So many models are available in the market right now because these companies want to make sure that customers travel with ease along with their wireless mice and keyboards. The competition is also causing the prices of these speakers to be lower including some of the ones of decent quality.

Some of the models available are so minimalistic including the stereo speakers that are connected as a single USB speaker so only one wire is needed. Others come in small circular shapes to make them easier to carry.

If none of the speakers are sold in local stores, a good place to look for cheap USB speakers is at Amazon. There you will find several pairs of USB speakers that cost just above $10 or better sounding speakers above $40. These speakers are best paired with laptops although they should work fine with desktop computers as well.