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Guide to Powered Speakers

Powered Speakers

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.

Creative Soundblaster Audio Cards


Creative Soundblaster

Creative Soundblaster

By Anne Ahira

If you are looking for a solution for your computer that will give you the ultimate gaming experience, amazing sounds for music, or audio files then you might want to consider a Creative Soundblaster audio card. 

They are easy to install, have many features and provide for the best audio you have ever heard over a computer.

A Creative Soundblaster is an audio card. Most computers come with audio capabilities but they are always generic and you cannot take advantage of any controls to work with the equalizer and balance of the music.

You can hear audio but you cannot enjoy music on a built in sound input of a computer. When you use the Soundblaster it has inputs for microphones, headphones, multiple speakers, and more.

When you install a Creative Soundblaster card it is very easy. All you have to do is pull the side casing of the computer off. You will plug the card into an empty slot on the motherboard. While you do this be sure you are grounded by touching a piece of the metal.

Plug in the card and put the case back on. Then you will put the CD into your computer and the drivers will immediately begin to load.  Then plug in your speakers and you will have an amazing stereo system attached to your computer.

If you use your computer system for many different types of media files then you want to have audio that is crystal clear as if you are watching television. You may have a huge collection of music files on your computer and want to turn your computer into the ultimate stereo system.

You may even want to watch a movie over the computer with your new flat screen monitor. A Creative Soundblaster offers the most amazing audio experience that will turn your computer into that ultimate machine. You will enjoy gaming like you have never experienced before and listening to your music without fuzziness either.

When you use a Creative Soundblaster card you have the ability to control your audio controls entirely. You will be able to control the audio through the software that will load on your computer.

All you have to do is open the built in equalizer and you can control the base, treble, mid range, and much more. You can control the effect you have with your audio rather than be limited on a regular audio input on a computer.

A Creative Soundblaster card is an amazing solution when you want to turn your computer into the ultimate media machine. You can enjoy movies, music, and gaming on your computer and listen to amazing effects when you use an audio card like this. 

You can plug into up to 6 different surround sound speakers and completely control the audio experience.