Guide to Powered Speakers
By Anne Ahira
If you are considering spending the money for quality stereo equipment, like powered speakers, you need to do a bit of research to make sure you are spending your money wisely.
Powered speakers can make a huge difference in your listening experience. You will hear your music like never before, and not just because of the volume, but because of the quality. It will bring out the nuances and subtleties in your favorite songs.
If you have started looking into stereo equipment, you may be overwhelmed by the huge amount of information that is out there. It is more than you can handle if you do not understand the basics. You can spend $20 or $2000 on a set of powered speakers or anywhere in between. The high end is only for people who insist on having the very best.
For most people $200 set will provide excellent quality, while some people might be perfectly happy with a $40 set. What you spend will depend on the other components in your system and what your budget is.
You do not want your speakers to be the weak link in your stereo system, but you also do not want to spend so much that the money is wasted on quality that the rest of your system cannot match.
Powered speakers have a built in amplifier which makes them more powerful and more versatile then traditional speakers. Traditional speakers have to be used with a separate amplifier to provide the power to make them loud.
Powered speakers do not need a separate amplifier which means they do not require the whole expense of a component stereo system to function. They can be mated with an IPod or other MP3 player when you want to share your music with everyone in the room instead of using headphones. And he combination can get plenty loud.
This is a case where bigger is not always better. Some people find the big speakers impressive, and a quality set can provide a great sound but they are not necessary.
When Bose came out with their tiny book shelf set of speakers, they proved that size was not the determining factor in sound quality. A small or medium size set of speakers coupled with a subwoofer that can be hidden under a couch of table provides excellent quality sound for a large room.
Attaching a quality set of powered speakers to your television can transform the experience of watching movies or sports. You will feel like you are part of the action, especially if you set up the full surround sound. You can even use powered speakers with your computer.
The older types plugged into the computer and also ran a separate cord for AC power. Newer styles use a USB plug to get power to the speakers so you do not even need a separate plug to get great sound.